The sun was shining and we had an away game at Newbury. What more could we want? Well, players … It was all sorted and then Susan needed two players for the 5’s game. So Lizzie Siese was persuaded to play twice and then Linda Phillips was hijacked from the 4’s tea to come and play as well. We had eleven.
The atmosphere on the way there was light-hearted. Lizzie had already scored a hat-trick in the 4s game. And what was she doing on the pitch at 7am in a dressing gown?
Once the game began we found ourselves under great pressure. Purdy made some great saves in goal but was kept extremely busy. Jan Davies had an excellent game as right back – she has improved so much since that first game. Deborah spent most of the time marking their centre forward who was dangerous. Issie Watt, playing her first game for us, had an excellent game as left half. She was always there to receive a free hit or chasing back to mark. Caroline Gilles was also playing for us for the first time after a gap away from hockey and she played a good centre half distributing the ball well. Lily Hege played right half, marked well and tackled back when she lost the ball.
Despite our good play they were stronger than us and we were 0-6 down at half time. But as Purdy pointed out they were all cracking goals against us and nothing to be ashamed of. We discussed tactics at half time and the second half was much better.
Amelia Inglis who had been playing inner switched to left wing where she did some lovely moves. Izzy Ashman remained as right inner and was very good at coming back to defend as well as feeding balls to the forwards. Linda Phillips had a good game on the wing, we just struggled to get the ball to her in the first half. Lizzie was a tower of strength and when she switched to inner was able to come and help get the ball through to the forwards. But it was Mary Joyner who got our goal with a lovely piece of stick-work culminating in the ball in the net.
Man of the match went jointly to Issie and Izzy because Deborah could not work out which one people had voted for!
So the final score was 1-8 but we were pleased with the game. Newbury are top of division 5 and we could see why. They did excellent sausage butties and we ate them on the way home as several people had other commitments: Purdy a party that had begun already, Izzy Ashman had a production she was in and Lizzie was going out as Little Red Riding Hood …after she had cycled home. She needed little persuading to leave her bicycle at BRN and have a lift home as she was a little bit tired.