The Dragons keep the goals coming
By Kirsty Martin
The derby clash, but the Dragons come out on top
Saturday 9th March saw BDHC ladies take on Spalding, a team that had always proved difficult for the dragons especially playing away.
The game started with the home team having the upper hand with the force wind gales behind them with a quick short corner for Spalding, one that was well defended by the back line.
The weather soon took its turn, with heavy rain and hail making play much more difficult, with vision being an issue for both teams, another short corner was awarded to Spalding however goal keeper Rose Taylor-Jackson controlled the defence well. The Dragons stepped up a gear with some nice build up play in the midfield by Kirsty Martin and Jen Orrell, the dragons had there first shot on goal curtesy of Genny Britton.
After a short stoppage due to the Spalding keeper having kit issues, the dragons began to establish more possession, with Helena Darragh making some great runs down the wing and crossing it across into the D for Jen Orrell. The match was pretty evenly balanced in midfield with 50/50 possession and it looked like a goal could go to either team, but the fitness and upper control lead to three successive shots on goal by Millie Durrands, Lily Fitch and Genny Britton, unfortunately all successfully being defended. The Dragons drilled Spalding down with patience and perseverance when Millie Durrands found the back of the net just before the stroke of half time.
The first five minutes was similar to the first half of the match with end to end game with both sides having good chances. Nadine Curtis, Dawn McShane and Rachel Gale made some excellent clearance off the line covering behind Rose Taylor-Jackson in goal. Kay Greenaway and Emily Laugharne strength out of defence was phenomenal running rings around Spalding. The strength followed down the pitch into midfield, working as a great unit, which paid off after eight minutes into the first half, Jen Orrell managed to get on the scoresheet after some lovely build ip. A short corner awarded to the dragons, with Kirsty Martin having another shot on goal, but was denied by the spalding keeper. After some brilliant runs down the right by Emily Laugharne, the dragons continued to create chances, with both Kirsty Martin and Jen Orrell having further shots on goal. Spalding continued to pile on the pressure, again being rewarded a short corner, cleared of the line this time by Kay Greenaway. With continued end the end play, literately, the dragons were then awarded one the other end, which led to Lily Fitch’s goal in the 32nd minute. Not being content at wasting time as the clock ticked down, a quick sideline ball injected into the D by Sophie Wheatley led to Kirsty Martin finally getting a goal in the last minute. A well deserved win, with the final score; 0-4 to the Dragons and with only one game remaining on the 23rd March an unbeaten season in sight.