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Ladies 3rd XI - Match centre

Southend Hockey Club
braintree 3s
L Iles (65' )
Full time
Sat 10 Feb 15:45 - League

Southend L3s vs Braintree 3s

99 Red Balloons


Southend ladies 3 1-0 Braintree ladies

Southend once again headed to a miserable (and late) fixture at the King Edmund School. There was a very healthy team of 15 and all were more than ready to go once the pitch became available.

The game started uneasily for the threes as Braintree started brightly but with the ‘experienced’ defence of Jenny Gallott, Christine Baker and Ali Snelling stopping them in their tracks. The latter returning for her first game since thinking it was acceptable to miss a game to get her hair done. Which I think is possibly the worst reasoning I’ve heard this season…

The threes were backed up by the returning Emily Daelemans who was hoping to get back tto her clean sheet days. If it wasn’t the defence or the GK stopping the ball it was the ever present lady of the match Gail Swain who took it upon herself to consistently stop the large number of attacks the visitors had in the first half. However, it was not all defending for the home team as there were signs of dominance especially with the strong attack of Danni Brooks, Antonia Jones and debutant Hannah.

On one particular attack, Antonia and Hannah worked hard down the right side of the pitch to eventually get the ball to midfielder and lover of 80’s pop sensation nena, Liane Iles who decided that moment was the best to mime a hit at goal.

As the half went on, the 3s became more settled in the game and it levelled out to allow the game to become more exciting for the hoards of people on the sidelines. The game did become more fair but this did not stop the Braintree attack testing the Southend defense a few more times before the halftime whistle blew.

Half time: Southend ladies 3 0-0 Braintree ladies

Following a half time arrival of a goldendoodle and some of the ladies 2s, the team felt confident that they could go on to win the game.

The blues, started comfortably and all followed coach’ Melanie Taylor-Lamb’ advise of ‘start to play more like Gail and this is when midfielders Sheila Taylor and Kristina Drake started to really show what they are made of and started to take the game to Braintree.

There was also signs of promise by the attack as more short corners were given to the side and each shot went closer and closer to the right side of the post. Liane Isles also clattered the post. Which led to most people on the sidelines to shout ‘WHO WAS ON THE POST’

As the half went on it looked more and more likely that this very even game would end it a second 0-0 draw in as many weeks. However, with 5 minutes to spare, attackers Lauren and Antonia, linked up with each other down the right side of the pitch to get the ball to Liane (who actually struck the ball this time) who cooly hit the ball in to the bottom corner of the goal to claim the points for the 3s.

Despite a very quick final couple of minutes and a couple of dangerous looking attacks by the away side, the 3s were able to come away with all 3 points but more importantly, the whole team came away uninjured.

Full time: Southend ladies 3 1-0 Braintree ladies

Teams player of the match sponsor by central heating: Gail Swain
Captains player of the match sponsored by McDonalds coffee: Antonia
Must uttered sentence: ‘SOMEONE GET ON THE POST’
Weather conditions: Cold, wet and windy (Perfect for winning)
Number of uninjured players at the end of the match: 15 Thank God!
Length of time to finding missing Tissue: Forever
Mario-esque running: Danni Brooks
Player who won’t be using game time to get hair done again: Ali Snelling'
Best Captain: Gail Swain
Best Coach:Melanie Taylor-Lamb


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Key moments

Goal Liane Iles scores for Southend Hockey Club


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70:00 Player of the Match
Gail Swain is awarded player of the match for Southend Hockey Club
65:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liane Iles scores for Southend Hockey Club
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As it happened

  • Southend Hockey Club
  • braintree 3s
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  • Liane Iles Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Daelemans, Emily Daelemans, Emily
Baker, Christine Baker, Christine
Gallott, Jenny Gallott, Jenny
Martin, Poppy Martin, Poppy
Brooks, Danielle Brooks, Danielle
Snelling, Alison Snelling, Alison
Drake, Kristina Drake, Kristina
Jones, Ellie Jones, Ellie
Galbraith, Lauren Galbraith, Lauren
Weir, Lisa Weir, Lisa
Iles, Liane Iles, Liane


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