First game of the season
A sandy pitch in Sandy...
Wapping L2s vs Shefford & Sandy
Won 1 - 0
Mom - Martha (taking a stick to the face) & Ellie (great hockey)
Dod - Sippy (calling for 'young people' to help with tech/insta issues) & Ruth (hitting the oppo with the ball twice) & Ellie (trying to play in a bib)
Scrappy start with the oppo posting their forward line high pulling our defence back. Ruth hit a few high balls into the oppo keeping them on their toes.
Once we settled, we won a few short corners following captain Hoff's request that all forwards win two shorts per half. There was some beautiful hockey with Sippy and Alice feeding the ball through midfield. We retained possession and started transferring the ball through our back line with Pascaline putting some strong balls down the right wing.
Jess determinedly won a short corner which Alice scored from the rebound after a beautiful strike from Mutsa.
S&S broke from one of our short corner with a three on one with our keeper, but Mooch calmly deflected their shot, they would not be scoring today.
When defending a runaway attack from the oppo, Martha got low with her stick down pressurising the stricken but ended up taking a hap-hazardous swinging stick to the face. Dangerous play! Undeterred Martha took 10 minutes to ice then heading back on the pitch for more.
Half time 1-0
Wapping dominated in the second half with some fabulous passing from Nat and Ellie out wide. The oppo were pressed into their half being forced to defend against the whirlwind of Wapping. Every time the though they would get a break Georgie confidently picked the ball off them and retained possession.
In total Wapping won 9 shorts from the silky skills of the forwards, 5 of which came from Jess finding many unprotected feet in the oppos D.
Many chances came from the shorts but unfortunately Wapping were unable to convert, with their keeper saving all the deflections Fran, Hoff and Wardy kept hitting at her.