No Kim this week we needed a substitute Captain so Jacqui Barlow returned to the side to lead us on the pitch and hold the centre half role. A true captain's performance gave her the man of the match vote too. Although winning the game 2-0 the team were disheartened at the end as everyone knew that we have played better hockey this season, and could have done more. However there is no disgrace in winning even when not at our best. Though never under any real pressure in the first half the team failed to hold possession for any sustained period of time, passes going astray too often. An Emily Black goal half way through the first half was well deserved and fought for after a period of attacking play, and the score remained 1-0 at half time.
It was great to have some support from Kara Kerr and Andy Warne at the half time team talk and we set out in the second half to improve communication and believe that we could play the flowing hockey of the previous weeks. It did get better, more space was created and sustained pressure was put on the Wycombe defence. Saskia, causing problems whenever she was in possession made a lovely run and crossed the ball to Rebecca Black on the far post who only had to touch the ball to score. Unfortunately the touch was missed and we had to wait a few more minutes before a strong strike towards goal from Rebecca Cannon was deflected into the goal by a defender. (Was it Katie?)
Wycombe rallied in the last few minutes and Evelyn in goal, had her first touches of the ball. But her aim of a clean sheet was never much in doubt. A hard fought game with a good result.
Thank you to Katherine who did the work to get us to the pitch all together at the right time with kit and balls...
Man of the match , Jacqui Barlow