Chiswick travelled to Wallingford for their first away fixture of the season and will have been pleased to take 3 points in such convincing fashion. Playing some excellent hockey in the first half they quickly dominated the game, enjoying large periods of pressure within the home team’s defensive half. Two early penalty corner strikes from Becky Smith saw them rewarded with a two goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes. This lead was extended further when some slick link play found Jodi Reddell in space at the left post where she duly tucked the ball away. Reddell didn’t have to wait long for her brace when she was put through on goal thanks to a pin point pass from Ceilidh Walker and, following a tussle with the keeper, managed to find the back of the net. With a 4-0 lead at half time and knowing it was their game to lose, Chiswick started the second alf brightly, with Tisunge Barrack pouncing on a rebound following a saved Becky Smith deflection. But the Blues then started to show signs of tiring and allowed Wallingford space to play their own game. Although they will have been pleased not to have conceded in open play, Chiswick were left frustrated when they allowed Wallingford to capitalise on their pressure and convert two penalty corners late into the game. While the result was never in doubt, the Blues will be looking to recreate their first half form for the full 70 minutes when they take on Southgate at home next weekend.
Score PHC Ladies 1s beat Wallingford Ladies 1s, 5-2
Newly promoted Chiswick 2s had nothing to lose in this match against Eastcote 2s who finished 4th in the Middlesex Premier division last season. Starting with only 11 players and no subs, the aim was to go out hard and this proved effective, scoring the first goal. Eastcote weren't to be outdone however and equalised shortly after during a scrappy penalty corner. Chiswick responded and scored a second goal to stay ahead. After oranges at halftime, Chiswick came out with new tactics and in the second half, made better use of the back line. A third goal for Chiswick came quickly when the centre forward flicked the ball over a prone Eastcote GK, but Eastcote broke away and on beating the Chiswick GK in a 1-on-1 tapped in their second goal. Chiswick stayed strong though, and quick passing up the line resulted in a fourth goal for the home team.
Final score 4:2 win for PHC Chiswick Ladies 2s.
Chiswick approached the recently relegated Ashford with trepidation, expecting at least a close match. Straight from pushback however, Chiswick's strong forwards dominated with significantly higher possession. Despite this, Chiswick could not capitalise and only scored one goal in the first half. A mild scare in this half when a loose hit found the Ashford's left forward, but the keeper made a tackle and Chiswick kept a clean sheet. In the second half, Chiswick knew they could win the match, and stepped up a gear. They added 4 goals to the scoresheet, and Ashford couldn't respond with all their shots off target. The Chiswick GK didn't even touch the ball in open play in the second half.
Final score 5:0 to PHC Chiswick Ladies 4s.
Chiswick were apprehensive about facing the recently relegated Aces team, knowing it would be a difficult game but hoping to keep the score close. From the start Chiswick struggled to dominate on the pitch, and Aces scored three goals within the first half. However, Chiswick refused to give the Aces a clean sheet and managed to cross one into the goal before the half was over. After talking tactics at half time, Chiswick came back onto the pitch looking energised, but were disappointed when they conceded a goal within the first few minutes. Aces went on to score five more goals, and despite good play from Chiswick, the team were unable to respond.
Final score 9:1 to Aces Ladies 1s
MoM: Hazel Posso DoD: Laura Bryant