Although we started well with most of the possession and dangerous attacks, an early break from Maidenhead meant that we were now 0-1. At half time, the score still stood that way, despite many shots on goal from our forwards and a close penalty flick taken by Lotty Hiner, due to some great saves from their keeper.
In the second half we came back even more determined and the game moved at a faster pace. We had more shots on goal and two short corners, but unfortunately could still not get the ball in. Megan M made some great saves when the ball was in our D, and Susan and Milly did well defending a short corner, but whilst still debating a free hit and some players being left unmarked, Maidenhead took it quickly and managed to scramble the ball over the line. We got another penalty flick, which was taken by Milly Browne, and although it was a great shot, unfortunately hit the post, missing the goal by centimetres. We managed to win another short corner, and a great slip left to Olivia Strickland finally resulted in a goal. The score was now 2-1, but we only had about 10 minutes left, and despite some hard work with most of the possession and close chances in the D, we were unable to get another to secure a draw.
The team worked well together, joining up some great passes and making strong leads and attacks, supported by hard work from the inners and halves. Our defence was strong, despite people playing out of position, and we were able to rely on them to distribute the ball out of the danger zones and make some good transfers. Although the score was disappointing, we played some of our best hockey and still have a chance to be promoted if we keep up this level of play.
Zara Khan was nominated MoM with over 50% of the votes for excellent all round play