Cold and calm day in Teddington, but it was anything but calm in the first half of the game. Both teams started at a frantic pace, and it was Chiswick who showed the early promise of taking the lead. Kate Murray playing left wing found plenty of space behind the defence to create chances on goal, the opposition goalkeeper was solid and it took a classic forward’s goal from Zoe Jupp to break the deadlock.
Against the run of play Teddington almost equalised. Their speedy gonzales winger was a constant threat throughout the game, Emma Bornebroek held firm and did not allow the gonazales to get close to the D. Sarah Blackburn wrapped up the second half with a mazy run and shot from the edge of the D to go into half time leading 2-0.
Focus at the start of the second half for Chiswick was possession. Make the passes. And it worked, Chiswick blew Teddington away with their constant, swashbuckling attacking prowess. Teddington players looked bewildered and anything they could muster in response was quickly shut down by the defenders Heather Robinson and Lindsey Forbes.
Laura Patterson got her reward for a fine game consistently terrorising the defence, she scored number three after a weaving run. Bagging her second goal Zoe Jupp smartly dinked a first time shot over the keeper. Laura closed out the 5-0 game with a cool finish for her second. Chiswick ladies 2’s go into the new year 3rd in the league and looking in good shape for half two of the season.
MOM/DOD: not decided. had to dash to team ping pong - we rocked it.
Team: Lindsey Forbes, Zoe Jupp, Heather Robinson, Laura, Danni Petticrew, Tara Bryne, Emma Bornebroek, Kate Murray, Vicky Lorimer, Sarah Blackburn, Lizzy Moir, Kylie Burnett, Lili King-Harman
A high scoring match rounded off PHC Chiswick Ladies 1's first half of the season with a 6-2 win over Milton Keynes.
A partially frozen pitch and no team shirts meant a shaky start to the match and it was only after the shirts arrived (courtesy of a courier straight from West London!) did Chiswick gain control of the match.
Scoring kicked off in open play with Rhianna Buchanan coming out of a melee at the top of the circle to shoot for the far corner to beat the keeper.
Chiswick had long periods of possession and territory and a hard ball in from Rebecca Smith was superbly swept in by Harriet Stevenson for a goal. Stevenson quickly followed up this beating the opposition goalkeeper to a Rhianna Buchanan cross-goal pass for her second goal.
Chiswick go into the second half leading 3-0 and Harriet Stevenson was quick to gain her hat trick following on from a strong drive from Alex Earnshaw who found Ceilidh Walker free in the circle, a scramble ensued and Stevenson was quick on the rebound.
Milton Keynes not to be left out of the scoring capitalised after a scramble in the circle and even the diving Chiswick defence couldn’t save the first Milton Keynes goal.
Chiswick were quick to react and came back with a cracking shot from Rebecca Smith when she found herself unchallenged at the right of the circle at a penalty corner followed by another diving goal 2 minutes later from Harriet Stevenson to round off her 4 goal coup.
Milton Keynes took advantage of a lack of concentration sending a pass wide to an unmarked player, now with 2 goals on the scoreboard.
A strong show from Chiswick going into the Christmas break.
MOM: Harriet Stevenson – 4 goals!
DOD: Rebecca Smith – forgetting team shirts!
3-1 win to Chiswick (Half time 2-1 to Chiswick)
MOM: Ceilidh Walker
DOD: Helen Taylor
It was a chilly start to the day, cars needed defrosting and woolly hats pulled out of storage before the journey north to West Hampstead. Going into the game level on points and West Hampstead (WH) having drawn away to top of the table Whitney the week before, Chiswick knew they were in for a tough game.
WH started strongly playing the game in Chiswick’s defensive half. Despite the best efforts of a diving Jenifer (Jen) Romano on the line, WH capitalised on their early possession with a goal in the first 10 minutes. This provided the wakeup call required and Chiswick started to play their way back into the game. DOD Helen (Cappy) Taylor had a birthday goal denied by the WH keeper from a penalty corner shot but Chiswick didn’t have to wait long to get on the scoreboard. Fearless MOM Ceilidh Walker stole the ball from WH and ran towards the goal. A rather enthusiastic defender took her stick out of play and Chiswick were awarded a penalty stroke which Rebecca (Bex) Smith expertly put away. Chiswick continued to dominate and increased their lead with Rhianna (Rhi) Buchanan pouncing on a deflection from Bex’s penalty corner shot.
Chiswick started the second half as they had finished the first, with confident passing, both across and up the field. Harriet Stevenson continued her goal scoring form picking up a lose ball in the circle to increase Chiswick’s lead to 3-1. WH staged a comeback in the closing part of the game however Chiswick remained calm and the defence held strong to see out the second half with a clean sheet. The win leaves Chiswick 3rd on the table after the first round and looking dangerous as they embark on the first game of round two next Saturday away at Milton Keynes.