The start of the league season was always going to be challenging for the Ladies 3s with the aim to get promoted this year. So the first league match away against Maidenhead was a must win.
We started the game well and our first goal came 10 minutes in with a fantastic cross from Megan Sloan which was deflected into the back of the net by Emily Black. Hungry for goals, our second came from a trio performance, Kate taking an early free hit from a Maidenhead foul, passing to Lizzie who released the ball straight down the middle to Emily, who once again popped it in the back of the net.
With half time not far away we had to get another. Pressure from the forwards during a sixteen meant the ball was once again stolen off Maidenhead, crossed to Bonnie who had made a beautiful run to the top of the D, and a clean strike made the ball hit the backboard.
3-0 up at half time was a good position to be in, but with Maidenhead players trying to aggravate our forwards, the second half was going to prove difficult and we had to keep calm. Maidenhead picked up their game in the second half and we were struggling to convert again. However, our fitness and determination to get more goals eventually proved too much for them. Our fourth goal came from great team play. Bonnie claimed her second goal along with a brilliant dive over the keeper in the process. Bethany stepped up for the fifth goal which came from another cross, this time from Becca. 5-0 and close to the end of the game we had to get one more which was kicked in by one of their own players.
Some fabulous hockey, a 6-0 win and lots of banter flying around, it was a great start to the season. MOM was Megan Sloan and DOD was Kim Williams for getting everyone lost whilst driving there!
Goals: Emily Black (2), Bonnie Mappin (2), Beth Nagle (1), OG