WEEKEND ROUND-UP 2/12/17

3RD XI- 1-0 win

An early start on Saturday and players off sick with colds and all sorts. But we had the opportunity to select some 3s squad players who had been missing all season. The game started well and for the most part remained that way for the whole game. We scored mid way through the first half through Sandy.

We had chances to extend the lead but never really took the chances. A habit of the 3s all season

A good win and, despite some drama post game, a good performance from a 3s.

4TH XI-

 Leicester 4ths 2 – 1 Leicester University 1st

With a potential 1 point separating the 2 sides, a win was important; the super team performance was an added extra. A well organised warm up resulted in a good start to the game with Leicester 4ths playing the ball around with confidence and making the University work hard to get possession. 10mins in, the deadlock was almost broken with Caitlin running down the left. Riding 2 strong challenges, she found herself in the D with space and just the goal-keeper to beat. The goal looked certain, however the excitement was too much and, swinging at the ball, she ended up sprawled on the floor with the ball drifting just wide of the left post…9.5 for artist impression was given. 0-0.

Working the ball from the back, Emily, Margot, Georgia and Marion found space time and time again and it was only great tackles and interceptions from the students, matching the work rate of Leicester Ladies, that prevented more opportunities on goal.

The midfield battled well: high work-rate from the midfield kept student opportunities down to a minimum and it wasn’t long before a well-executed reverse stick pass from Anna C to Ellie resulted in another shot on goal. Only good defensive work by the students prevented a goal. The first half continued with Kerry marshalling the defence well, Etta and Emily making excellent runs from the back, Marion, Margot and Georgia putting in some excellent tackles, Katie, Emma S, Ellie  and Emma M working hard both defensively and in supporting the attack, Emily and Anna G making good runs down the channels and Anna K, Caitlin and Anna C riding a number of solid tackles. The first half in summary, for both teams, was a great defensive display, industrious midfielders and few opportunities for forwards in the danger areas.

HALF TIME 0-0

Leicester used the break well, with Dave using pen and paper to share the means by which to unpick the stalemate.

The team talk proved to be effective as Leicester went straight on the attack winning 2 short corners in quick succession. A late tackle by Anna Chapman resulted in her being greeted with a card (unfortunately green not Christmas) from the umpire which won her a couple of minutes’ break.

Leicester were not deterred. Marion made a strong tackle on the 25m line and released Katie who quickly sent the ball through to the forwards and it wasn’t long before the next short corner was won. Margot sent the ball out and after a few pinball passes around the D Anna K slotted it in: 1-0 -  A well-deserved lead.

The goal motivated the students who quickly went on the attack. The defence again stood strong and released a quick ball out to Emma M who made a great run down the right, nearly making it 2. The students however continued to apply pressure and it wasn’t long before they broke quickly from midfield, moved the ball at speed to their forward who just managed to score past the diving Kerry. 1-1. Both teams continue to battle well and continue to play some super hockey. A draw looked likely until, in the last minute of the game, a good run by Anna resulted in a short corner. The ball was sent out accurately from Etta, and a fine shot by Emma Mack deflected off Etta’s stick into the roof of the net: 2-1 - a performance that all players can be proud of. Thank you to some fine coaching instruction from Dave and to Jo for organising the team teas during the game. Thanks also to Emma M, Marion and all the dads who were amazing joining Jo, in the kitchen, after the game. Your absence was noted in the kitchen young ones!