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Ladies' 1s win final friendly before league starts again

29 January 2022, 17:30, Lee Valley

Ladies' 1s 2 - 0 East London Ladies' 1s

“Average” was the quote given us by Andy in the team talk. I won’t say where this came from but needless to say it gave us all a boost to prove otherwise.

On another note, from the team talk, some strong language from manager Sue gave us all a laugh so morale starting the game was high.

With everyone now pumped up to play on the main pitch at Lee Valley under the floodlights, we started the match strongly with our forwards putting their back line under immediate pressure. And within the first few minutes we had scored. Starting from the back a nice flowing move all the way up the pitch was finished by Tiny at the back post. Everyone was linking up well and some lovely hockey was being played up and down the pitch. Defenders defending with composure, midfielders leading and re-leading and the forwards putting pressure on the opposition defence and working the goalkeeper, we couldn’t have asked for a better quarter.

In the second quarter we came under a bit more pressure but some calm and confident defending by everyone kept the score 1-0 going into half time.

The third and fourth quarters were very similar with both teams giving away possession frequently but both teams having chances in the D. Just when it looked like East London might find an equaliser, and their support getting louder we managed to find the second goal we had been looking for. Some great pressure by Kim resulted in a turnover at the halfway line and after some great individual skills she played Lexi through for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Now I hope she won’t mind me saying this but she has had a few of these lately and well, missed. I think the phrase used was “getting them out the system.” But this time as cool as a you like she took it around the goalkeeper and pushed the ball into the goal!!

All in all, a great performance by everyone and just what we needed going into next week's first league game away in Penarth.

 

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