L3 draw with Basildon
I can’t match Bucket’s report from last week. So I’m just going to tell it like it was.
An inspiring pep talk from Captain Roche saw us take to the pitch with high hopes and a hunger for victory. Some fantastic movement down the left both on and off the ball from Holtie, Princess and Shalls led to our first goal – slick passing and silky skills saw Holtie put the ball away with ease. However, a brief loss of our team concentration led to Basildon getting an easy goal on the break, and then another; leaving us 1-2 down and very frustrated. It seems unlikely, but in the heat of the moment our demure captain may have raised her voice to question a decision or two. Ms Roche was then politely asked to ‘zip it’. And she did: first time for everything……
We regrouped, took stock, and started the second half strongly. Great movement and solid distribution from Dudley held the midfield together well; and continuous communication kept our forwards focused. Issy and Babs worked tirelessly together in front of goal, and came very close on several occasions to that elusive second goal, but no joy. Shalls then stepped up, working hard to break down their defence: incisive runs and frequent forays into the D led to our second goal, which was definitely all her own work.
Slick transfers through a changing combination of Krelle, Sandra, Gandalf, Roche and Rach confused our opposition, and gave us the impetus for frequent attacks down both wings. This did, however, mean that during our frequent attacks we occasionally found our entire team way past the halfway line. As a result, whenever Basildon broke we were reliant on Sandra sprinting back to interrupt play before they could shoot at the ever-ready Vicky. Rach also had an ongoing battle with their speedy winger, channelling well and flinging the ball out to the ever-energetic Bucket, who, when able to stand up, played with her customary flair.
Despite a vastly improved second half, we were unable to convert any more chances, and ended the game with a 2-2 draw.
DoD Wardy. Nothing wrong with enjoying floral odours, might I say in my defence. I also firmly believe that ballet moves have a strong place on the hockey pitch. And that ‘Zip it’ Roche should have won this week. FIX!!!
MoM Sandra. Incredible last man defence on numerous occasions. Saved lots of bacon.