We were hosting Wychwood in a re-scheduled league match due to frozen pitches earlier in January.
We benefited from bounteous availability, fielding a squad of 16. Susan, without someone to manage the squad and in her customary manner, provided us with a comprehensive spreadsheet of the substitutions. With Jacs in goal, we were ready to avenge our defeat of the previous day and the draw against Wychwood in the first leg. Excellent umpiring kept the game flowing in a controlled fashion and we spent almost the entire first half peppering their D with wave after wave of skillfully constructed attacks. No goals, however, and it was nil nil at half time.
After a quick team talk, and fortified by Jellybabies, we took to the field again and within 60 seconds had secured a penalty corner. This was expertly converted into a score by almost everyone involved, and finished off over the goal line by Sophie Dawes. The clock read 1 minute 40 seconds. So, a good start to the second half. We continued to control the match, with the majority of possession and territory and followed up the first score with an open play opportunity converted by Sherene Butler. I forget the details, but I do remember ducking as the ball passed over my head and into the net. Two nil.
Consistently good decision making in all positions ensured that we remained in control of the match as we pressed hard for a third goal. Their keeper has a busy time of it, and was required to make endless saves. We broke through her defences again with a skillful flick from the top of the D by Eleanor, which was going wide of the left hand post. It was deflected goal-wards by Pip onto the post, it ricocheted off the post behind the keeper and was smartly reverse sticked into the goal mouth by the ever vigilant Lotty on the right hand post. Three nil.
Player of the match was most deservedly claimed by Jane, who had a stormer. It was a fine team performance, during which we executed our game plan diligently, in spite of the potential disruption of such a large number of substitutions.