Wapping 2's V Saffron Walden 2's
Written by Nat Stewart
Having had a solid win last week the Wapping ladies 2s were keen to get another 3 points as they travelled away to Saffron Walden. Preparations began early with a hearty team meal on Friday night, which ensured the right pre-game nutritional benefits and team tactics. Despite a few challenges of illness, injury and jet lag affecting some team members, everyone was ready to get out on the pitch and leave nothing behind.
Right from the start the backline took control moving the ball nicely between Mutsa, Georgia, Martha and Ruth. Keeping possession was key in the pre-game chat and the half pitch press from the oppo meant we had plenty of time on the ball, waiting patiently for the right pass into inners Ellie and Pascaline posting up.
Persistent hassle from Hoff in the D found some oppo feet, with short corners allowing opportunity for some shots at goal. Although not converted the pressure was building and more scoring opportunities came from the forwards, with a breakaway by Nat down the left and support from Jess once again testing the keepers’ skills.
Half time came and the score remained 0-0. Knowing we were the better team and capable of scoring, a target was set for a goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Passages of beautiful hockey came with linking passes through Sippy and Alice in the middle, and it wasn’t long until the score line changed to 1-0 as Pascaline was able to get the ball over the goal line.
Constant leading from energiser bunny Issy, a welcome new player from our beloved 3s, opened and spread the play with the oppo defence becoming tired and unable to keep up.
Our own defensive line continued to work together and keep a clean sheet despite the speedy pace of some youthful forwards getting into attacking positions. Mooch was called on to make a few saves but she did so with ease and grace.
With “10 minutes to go” according to captain Hoff, we were awarded another short corner. Thankfully Nat had returned from her travels and could actually function the Casio watch and shouted to the team it was the last minute and likely the short was the final play of the game. With iPhone recording from the sideline, the push out went to Alice who sent a beautifully weighted pass towards the far post. Having timed her lead just right Martha was able to get her stick out and sent the ball flying into the back of the net for goal number 2! The final whistle was blown after a jubilant celebration and 3 points were secured.
POM went to Pascaline for her 100% commitment in tackling, fantastic goal and just generally having a great game out of her normal position.
DOD was close, but Sippy’s bad table manners just edging out Hoff and her struggles with digital watches.
A special personal thank you to the team who very kindly provided a bottle of prosecco to celebrate the wonderful YES result for marriage equality in Australia after my unfortunately timed flight back to London meant a lonely celebration onboard without any bubbles, but instead an offer of “wine and sparkling water”.
Bring on next week and another 3 points!