Ladies 1s beat Henley 5-3 at home in Acton. Goals were scored by Rhianna Buchanan, Lindsay Forbes, Rebecca Smith and Sarah Blackburn (2).
For the first match since the beginning of the season the Ladies 1s had a full bench, allowing everyone to play full force knowing that there was a strong squad of players to continually keep up a high intensity game. Unfortunately a short warm up due to a late start meant that heads weren't switched on quick enough and the Ladies 1 were down 0-1 after 13 minutes. The play remained positive by Chiswick and the pay off for some excellent one-two plays and getting a short corner came in a goal by Rhi from the rebound. Henley responded 2 minutes later with a well executed short corner deflection but Chiswick's fire had been ignited and Sarah made it 2-2 coming into half time.
When the second half started Chiswick came into their own, going 3-2 up from another short corner with an excellently hit strike from Lindsay from the top of the circle, then 4-2 up with a superb strike from open play from Bex. With all the intensity came some harsh decisions by the umpire - both Claires (Mount and Hearnden) getting cards (green and yellow respectively). Henley attempted a come back, and did get one more goal. However Sarach Blackburn struck again, ensuring Bex's shot ended in the net and making the final score 5-3.
MOM: Jen Romano, Bex Smith and Sarah Blackburn, all for excellent play throughout
DOD: Sarah Blackburn for running into Claire Mount when subbing
This week’s game was a bit different to normal due to the squad we had playing for us, but what a game! To come back in both halves from 2-0 down shows our determination and commitment to the game! It was unlucky that they scored so quickly, however we then dominated for 2/3 of the 1st half. It was a similar picture in the 2nd half too. Thank you to JP who was there to manage and support us for the first half and guide our half time talk!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Laura, Teresa and Emily who played up from Ladies 3s and also to Michelle and Ruth who were asked last minute on Friday to join us. We really enjoyed having you with us and hope you did too!
MOM: to Cappy for being calm, cool and collective throughout the whole game.
DOD: split 3 ways to Laura for sharing tactics with the opposition by shouting them out across the pitch, Lauren for an aerial ball that touched the football net curtain rail and JP for commenting about the age of the L2 in the changing room!