Sat 17
Ipswich-East Suffolk 2
Ladies 3rd Team
L Hinton (48')
L3s v IES 2s

L3s v IES 2s

By Henry Langton
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Local derby results in a tough loss and an end to the win streak

After watching the blistering first half of the Ladies 2s game at Tuddenham Road, the mood was high as a convoy of cars made its way over to Rushmere (with Lottie having to ask for directions). We met in the car park as the rules at ISSC are rather strict in the Covid era, which ultimately gave both teams less than 20 minutes to warm up.

We looked set for a lovely day of hockey, playing on the main pitch and the sun shining for the first time in what felt like weeks - until Lauren decided to say as much and called forth the drizzle that has plagued our hockey for the last couple of months! The darkening skies were an omen for the game to come…

Ipswich started well, stringing some good moves together and approaching the IES circle a few times in the early exchanges. Becki was getting great touches around the D, joint Players of the Match Harri and Lauren commanding the game from the screen, and midfield trio Emma, Lucy and Jane were creating space and linking well. However, soon the pace and guile of the young IES 2s squad made their mark, and 5 minutes in they unleashed a devastating counter attack down the right which led to the opening score. Fairly soon after the pace undid us once again and we found ourselves 2-0 behind.

The rest of the half was a battle not just against the 11 of IES but also the disadvantages of being the away team! On 3 successive IES short corners, it was debatable if the ball had left the circle before the strike was played on goal, and we were lucky not to concede from any of these efforts, with Harri’s number 1 running still reaching the striker despite their underhand tactics.. Half time came and a livid Langers walked onto the pitch, determined to make his feelings known to the umpires. After politely informing them of their missed calls and asking them to watch more closely in the 2nd half, the coach turned to walk back to his team, only to be called back and sternly advised that only the captain could speak to the umpires. On his return back to the group Langers uttered an expletive which ultimately earned him this match report contract…

Buoyed by the aggression of their coach and some Jelly Baby fuel, the ladies came out fighting in the first 15 minutes of the second half, and started to play the game how we know they can. The derby was starting to live up to its potential with both sides playing some great hockey. Transfers from Ellie, Michele, and Logan were confident and quick, finding the screens of Lottie and Harri who were distributing well. Heidi had some great carries down the left exposing their defence, and Emma’s skill was causing issues on the right. Jane was finding space in the middle and linking the play well. Eventually the pressure told with Ipswich getting a goal back. A short corner routine - SP struck well from the shoulder of the D, saved by the keeper but injector Lucy Hinton in the right spot to turn in the rebound. The energy was up, the momentum with Ipswich…

However, 5 minutes later IES extended their lead again. Tabbie, who made some great saves throughout the game, made what would have been another great clearance, had it not crashed into Ellie’s shinpad. The resulting short corner again did not leave the circle, and after a bit of a botched routine the ball made its way to the left slip who flicked on goal and Logan made a great save - with her back. A flick was awarded, and the player finished well. Ipswich were left to rue yet another poor umpiring decision, and this goal seemed to suck the newfound life out of the team.

The final 15 minutes were a bit loose, though Ipswich did threaten with some good link up play between SP and Lucy - the final touch never quite there. Tegan broke through but snatched at the shot, and at the other end IES managed to put their chances away to score two more before the final whistle was blown.

Langers practically ran off the pitch to avoid any further altercations with the officials, and the post match team talk was held near the car park. Despite the result, the team was positive, focusing on their periods of excellent play against a strong opposition as a platform to build on. The coach just missed out on a unanimous DoD vote due to Michele showing us the work she’s done on her football skills during lockdown…

With a bye next week, the 3s will take a well earned rest, ready to come back fighting in two weeks against Felixstowe 2s.

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