With a slow start, the ladies 4s went 1-0 down in the first half. With grit and determination, the fightback back was on and by half time, they were sitting pretty at 2-1 up. After a stirring half time speak, they ladies kept up their form, extending their lead to 3-1 early in the second half. Two goals from Cat Jackman and a Nicole Shipperley had left Chiswick feeling confident of the win. A late goal from Southgate looked to upset matters, but Chiswick were able to hold on for a well deserved 3-2 victory.
MOM went to Nicole Shipperley for killer attack and a nifty goal. DOD went to Chloe Hole for not being able to handle that one member of the opposition didn't have a number on and trying to stop the game...multiple times!
Chiswick lined up against Staines ladies 2's, who started the day at the top of the league.
It was a beautiful day for hockey, if not a little too warm! Chiswick dominated the majority of the first half, with some great running, neat passing and strong attacking work, as well as their tactic of building play right from the back and working the ball all the way up the pitch to the forwards. There was lots of link up work between Bernie and Katie in defence, moving the ball forward up to Lizzy, Caz, Bex and Suzanne in the mid sand on to the forwards who remained high up near the opposition D and in good positions.
Chiswick's hard work paid off, resulting with a skillful goal scored by Feline. Her initial shot was blocked by the Staines keeper, but she could not recover from the first save and prevent Feline from lifting the ball over the top and into the back of the net.
Chiswick came under significant attacking pressure towards the end of the first half, and they had to defend a number of penalty corners on the bounce. The defence stood strong, with the whole team pulling together and coming back to defend whenever called upon. Chiswick were able to repel multiple Staines' penalty corners with the help of some great work by goalkeeper Nikki Redding. Sadly, the staines attack kept coming, and Chiswick were unfortunately unable to keep them out, resulting in a goal for Staines not long before the half-time whistle blew.
Chiswick started the 2nd half with the same intensity as the first, looking to try and capitalise on their fitness and teamwork in order to get an early goal. Unfortunately, Staines kept up their pressure and Chiswick were pinned in their own half of the field. Chiswick's defensive strength was weakened by a number of substitutions that were brought on as a result of injury, and a number of players had to fill unfamiliar positions.
Staines scored 2 goals in quick succession, and Chiswick could not respond, despite their best efforts. The game ended in 1-3 defeat, but with lots of positives to take into the next league games!
On 17.10.15 Chiswick ladies 1s played Hampstead & Westminster 2s on their Boddington Gardens home turf. Going into the match both teams were undefeated and sitting at the top of the table after starting the season with 4 straight wins. Everyone knew it was going to be a tough game that it would involve 70 minutes of hard play.
Both teams started well with quick passing and solid tackling. A couple of opportunities opened up for Chiswick with Harriett Stevenson diving to get the final, much needed, touch on the ball but both times it went slightly wide of the post. Hampstead & Westminster’s forwards managed to create confusion amongst the Chiswick players which ended with the ball touching a Chiswick foot just in front of the goal and a penalty flick being awarded. Although Kylie Burnett reacted quickly the flick managed to sneak under her arm and the first goal of the match was scored.
For the remainder of the first half and start of the second Chiswick took control of the match and had the majority of the possession. Laura Patterson created some great opportunities using her pace down the wings but the Hampstead & Westminster defence was strong and made it difficult for Chiswick to penetrate the D.
Hampstead & Westminster managed to get a short corner and it looked like there was about to be another goal but Heather Ford cleared the ball beautifully mid-air from the left hand post. Chiswick went on the attack again but Hampstead & Westminster turned the ball over into a quick break leaving the Chiswick defence chasing to catch up as 3 Hampstead and Westminster headed straight towards goal. There was little Kylie Burnett could do. Goal 2 was scored. Chiswick fought back and kept playing with composure and held possession even when they found themselves 1 man down twice after a couple of yellow cards! After being awarded several short corners Chiswick managed to get their first goal from a brilliant strike by Rhianna Buchanan. Chiswick had all the momentum and were gunning to equalise but with only a few minutes left of the clock there just wasn’t enough time leaving the final score at Hampstead & Westminster 2 – Chiswick 1.
Joint MoM went to Laura Patterson and Lisa Crane for their amazing play up the wing and strong defending respectively.
DoD went to Rebecca Smith for getting a little bit too physical with a Hampstead & Westminster player leading to a yellow card.
After a solid warm-up lead by coach Cowboy, the ladies 2s started their match against Harrow’s first team with focus and full of zest. Harrow proved to be a strong opponent and was putting a lot of pressure on Chiswick from the go.
Despite tireless defending and numerous epic saves by goalie Matilda Lang, Harrow managed to score nine goals in total. Two of these were the outcome of what felt like at least twenty short corners. Another two were scored from penalty flicks.
Regardless of this avalanche of goals, Chiswick’s ladies didn’t give up and kept working hard throughout the game. The team made some great runs into the attacking circle and captain Georgie Wilson managed to land a goal, making the final score 9-1.
So even though the final result was disappointing, there were still many positives to be taken away from the game. Knowing that we fought hard to the end made it palatable.
MOM was won by Matilda Lang for her countless great saves, and
DOD went to Emma Bornebroek for being late due an altercation between her bicycle, sat nav and dual carriageways!