Hello and welcome to the second match report for the Ladies 3’s!
...initial apologies for this possibly sketchy match report- I’d actually blanked the match before we even left the pitch, so much so that I was genuinely clueless as to why the team would vote me dickoftheday!
Score: 4-1 win to us! GET IN!! ... or 5-0 depending on your viewpoint, considering all the goals were scored by us...
...so what do we know about this season so far? Firstly, each match seems to get wetter and windier...and secondly, 2 wins out of 2- nice!
Scored more goals than last week, and conceded less - good improvement I’d say. Especially when you consider that this is 2 early wins against some credible opposition... so basically the 3s are on a roll, and the rest of the league should watch out! ...and apart from some very SP-ish cajoling of the umpires, I’d say team positivity was on a high; especially after goalsgoalsgoals!
Limited things I remember from the first half:
Many defensive shorts, we didn’t concede any so I’m just going to say that we totally bossed this! Tabby was on it, as number 1 runner I only shut my eyes once (and only at their second crack at goal- don’t worry I’m not stupid) and Logan very impressively stopped one on the line- skills!
Going forward we looked pretty good, a few early chances, but had a few issues working the ball out of defence. Though we came under consistent and tough pressure from the opposition attack in the latter part of this first half, we weathered the storm (and the elements), surviving to go into half time 0-0.
Second half: (not necessarily chronologically)
The Logan/Langers stirring half-time team talk sent the team into the second half with some serious determination and (even without half-time jellybabies) the team came out flying!
SP got the ball rolling with some seriously sexy hockey skills at short corners! ... her composure at the top of the D had us all believing she had all the time in the world to pull this off. Meanwhile, from our perfect vantage point on the sideline, Langers was just telling us all that the left slip option was on but he wasn’t going to shout it to clue the opposition in... and with perfect telepathy SP used this left slip and went on to score herself after the ball came back to her at the top of the circle.
Defensively also, manofthematch SP, was all over this game! Charging ball after ball out of the D, no one was getting in her way today, not even the Sudbury press, through which SP was effortlessly smashing balls through!
Not to be outdone, Rosie scored not long after with a wicked shot! The pace of those legs and the tenacity to shoot and shoot again had Sudbury quaking at the knees since the first half, so it really was only a matter of time till that girl hit the backboard with a bang!
The next goal by Stens may have gone in the wrong goal, however I haven’t seen a deflection that impressive in years -so all credit, it had those of us nearby standing watching in awe! - with skills like that maybe we should be putting her deflections to good use in attacking shorts at the other end!
This momentary slip up was answered very quickly by Vic, who’s smooth skills calmly nutmegged the keeper and kept us racking up our goal tally! ... pretty sure I heard Ellie at left back claiming an assist to this one, since the play did come all the way from the back after starting from her 16 hitout.
Emma and Lucy were put to good use in the middle, between their long legs and even longer reach their coverage of the pitch was highly impressive. Becki got herself a nifty one-on-one with the keeper, I blame the rain for there not being a goal at the end of that one. Both Heidi and Annie had great games out wide in midfield and there was some nice link up play through the middle and out wide with Jane and Lauren working tirelessly throughout the match. And finally, another short corner giving SP her second goal of the match was just the icing on the cake!
Crackin game girls, some dam sexy hockey played by all! ... Colchester had better bring it next week or they’ll be drowning in our onslaught of goals ...(or just flooded by the tuddenham road pitch if this rain continues)