Hockey v Cottesmore
1st/2nd V11 Won 2-1 (PMc)
With many girls away at senior school taster days we were reduced to 4 first team player and 3 U11’s in this match. It took the girls a little time to settle into their game and learn to trust their team mates. Cottesmore had a couple of short corners that Bea and Tabitha defended beautifully. After a huge dry spell a superb run of play from a 16 yard hit set Nina up in the perfect position, 1-0 as we headed into half-time.
The girls were asked for a higher work rate in the second half, this they delivered! The higher work rate soon translated itself into another goal from Nina assisted by Flo and Mimosa.
All was looking secure when a shot from outside of the goal was touched by Ines and a goal was correctly awarded to Cottesmore.
At 2-1 up with 3 minutes to play we dug deep. I have never seen Issy run as far and with such purpose to ensure that we did not concede a goal and the determination by Tabitha and Bea was electric. Thus we had won our first match of the season!
MVP Nina and Issy
U11 V1 Lost 1-3 (PMc)
Today we were missing both our goalies, but Ines kindly stepped in and played superbly. We were also without our Centre Forward, Elizabeth, due to injury so Tabitha, Issy and Nina played 5 minutes of each half for us.
We started superbly and within the first 5 minutes Flo had slotted away a text book goal. A total miss hit from inside the circle followed shortly after our goal. It flew high through the air from the edge of the circle. Ines had ho idea what to do with a head high ball which just dipped enough to hit the back board, thus Cottesmore had drawn equal. Following a good run of play Flo had an unsuccessful shot at goal. Cottesmore regrouped with speed and scored off a short corner just before half time. Thus we were down 1-2 at half time.
Cottesmore managed a quick goal after the restart. We had several more short corners and thus attempts at goal, but sadly none were successful. This was a very even match that we narrowly lost 1-3.
Most Valuable Player - Flo
U10/9/8 Lost 0-6 (LP)
We decided to play in the barn today because the girls are familiar with playing on faster surfaces and the ball travelling quite a long distance. The match started out really even with both Cottesmore and Ashdown attacking to gain possession. The girls were called up quite a few times in the first half for the ball touching their feet but this certainly improved throughout the game. At half-time the score was 1-0 to Cottesmore. The Ashdown team were a little hesitant to get involved in the second half so when Cottesmore gained possession they made a lot of distance with the ball. I saw some impressive play from Stephanie and Indya working in both attack and defence. Katia was fantastic in defence in the first half, often stopping the ball. In the second half, Florence moved into attack and made some big hits gaining ground towards the goal. It was just unlucky that the girls couldn't get through the Cottesmore defence. We had a team talk at the end and decided that we need to focus on making sure there is always someone in front to pass to and ensuring the girls use the whole pitch as there is often free space at the wing. A tough afternoon, but still a lot of fun!