Woking Ladies 1’s vs Hampstead and Westminster Ladies 2’s
UCS Sports Field, Brondesbury Farm Avenue, Cricklewood
The day began with multiple Whatsapp messages on the ‘One’derfuls group chat prompted by the location of the hockey pitch looking suspiciously like a construction site. Eventually the team managed to find their way round to clubhouse only to find the old building had quite an impressive echo that wouldn’t be suitable for the team talk with Hampstead and Westminster around the corner. This led to a congregation on the grass, as the sun beat down.
As the match began it became clear the substandard condition of the sand-based pitch made it exceedingly difficult to keep up ball pace. While Hampstead and Westminster seemed to adjust to this rather quickly – coming forward to receive passes, Woking took a while longer but by the second half were flying.
Hampstead and Westminster began hard immediately putting Woking under pressure with their smooth stick work and some brilliant balls up the pitch. Woking held up well but eventually conceded as Hampstead and Westminster gained possession through a tight press and went on to score through Rodford after 15 minutes. Ten minutes later Beglum made it two for the home side.
During half time Woking were inspired by a passionate team talk by Camps and the encouragement gave them a newfound determination which was visible in their play throughout the second half. The team managed to link together some brilliant series of passes with multiple attacks down the right side of the pitch. Eventually their fierceness paid off as on 52nd minute Burton-Brown scored with an excellently executed short corner as the ball flew past the keeper into the bottom left corner.
During the last few minutes of the match Woking stood firm against Hampstead and Westminster’s retaliation to win the second half, but unfortunately the full time score stayed as 1-2.
It was a tough match with the sun beating down, only two subs but Woking had many positives to take from the match. Coach; Camps was particularly impressed with MOM performer Pepall. “She stepped into the LH position (new for her) and had a brilliant game, did everything that was asked of her, and more – a super all round hockey player”.
Next week home to Surbiton.
Coach: Cheryl Campling, Manager Lyall Scorovich
Team line up:
Vicky Derman, Helen Stone, Gemma Nannery, Hannah King, Lucy Burton-Brown, Immy Pepall, Hayley Blythe, Mia Smith, Lauren White, Grace O’Brien, Abbi Howgate, Paula Nicholas, Emily Anthony
Mom: I Pepall