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Ladies 5s find their rhythm at Amersham

17 October 2020, 10:30, Amersham & Wycombe College

Ladies' 5s 1 - 0 Amersham & Chalfont Ladies 3s

Saturday is a hockey day and Wednesday a training night so today was a hockey day. And for almost the first time this season there was neither rain nor wind, so we were all excited just about that! We had lost a few players as the week progressed but fortunately Tam was able to step in to give us a squad of 14. Having taken a horrible thrashing last week we were all keen to get a better result today.
It was a good paced end-to-end battle throughout the whole 70 minutes. Both teams had their chances in the D.  We saved four short corners in the first half and had three of our own. It was the last one of these that gave Tam the opportunity to score. In the second half the tension rose as Amersham were keen for an equaliser but only found a couple of real chances which were saved.  Despite four short corners in a row and many beautiful shots across the goal we were unable to add to that first half goal. The whistle blew after a very tense last ten minutes and the relief of a win was clear on everyone’s face. The scoreline should have been higher but a win is a win.
So what really happened? Today was all about the things we practise and talk about. We were awake from the off for the first  time this season; we fought hard all the time all over the pitch; we challenged the 50/50 balls and won more than our fair share; we kept talking to each other and mostly offered more than one option to the player with the ball; we all defended well across the whole pitch and especially in the last quarter with everyone playing their part; and we kept our shape. Easy! Well it is if it all comes together!
It was one of the best team matches we have played since last September and credit to the whole team: forwards- Polly, Sherene, Sophie and Monica; inners - Tam, Becky and Emma; halfs Jacs, Jane, Charlotte and Caroline, backs- Becky and Susan and Evelyn in goal. Unsurprisingly there were many nominations for PoM but Charlotte, who had an awesome game and had just returned to the squad after a few weeks off concussion, was duly awarded cake making duty.
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