Staveley 1s lost 0-7 Loughborough Students 3s
Staveley 2s lost 1-6 Derby 4s
Staveley 3s lost 0-1 Ashbourne 3s
Staveley 3s vs Ashbourne 3s (home)
5th Oct 2019
Staveley had four debutantes today: Chloe, Imogen, Lisa and Sophia. They performed brilliantly and put everything they could into the match.
The team gelled well from the start. They absorbed a bit of pressure early on, some lovely clearances from Laura at sweeper and some self-assured saves from Ella.
A slick period of passing saw Staveley take the game to Ashbourne – only the final pass was missing.
With great passing from Grace and Alice, who are starting to dominate midfield, Staveley regrouped and brought two attacks, with some good ball carrying by Grace, Caitlin and Sophia.
Olivia, Abi and Imogen had a few chances in the ‘D’ and put pressure on the opposition.
Back on the defensive, a great save from Ella then a diving swan attempted clearance from Laura gave a short corner. Unfortunately it ended in a goal to Ashbourne.
More pressure from Ashbourne led to a shot hitting the post. The best part of the game for Staveley led to two good.
Some chances and some solid defending by Chloe, Seonaid and Lisa. Simone was tackling well to take back possession of the ball and pass it infield.
The game continued being played in the middle of the pitch, and was very even at this stage. A quick attack by Staveley led to a corner and a save from in the corner from their keeper.
More good pressure from a Staveley driving run by Imogen, who was unfortunate to have her shot saved by the Ashbourne keeper. Final whistle 1-0 to Ashbourne.
All the girls did really well as Ashbourne had a strong team but Staveley never gave up and it could easily have been a draw.
Staveley 2s vs Derby 4s (away)
5th Oct 2019
Despite a 6-1 defeat, Staveley 2s battled with determination and resilience until the final whistle.
It was evident from the start that Staveley were up against a very well organised Derby team who are likely to be challenging for the league title at the end of the season.
Staveley were put under early pressure and found it increasingly difficult to repel numerous derby attacks.
Although under pressure, Staveley continued to work hard as a team and played some really good hockey.
For long periods of the game Staveley matched a strong opposition.
The scoreline of 6-1 was not a fair reflection of the match, particularly the last 15 minutes, where Staveley created a number of opportunities, including a well deserved conciliation goal for Caitlin, the player of the match.
A tough game played in a great spirit.
Staveley 1s vs Loughborough 3s (home)
5th Oct 2019
After the first game of the season away to Belper in the Midland league, newly promoted Staveley know that the forthcoming season is going to be tough.
Staveley learnt last weekend that they needed to get straight out of the blocks and work hard together.
They did this and started to perform, passing the ball and making some great movement off the ball.
Loughborough were just more creative and made the most of every opportunity they where given.
Half time came and Staveley were 5-0 down.
John Nash came over to the team talk and with lots of encouraging words he made the girls believe that they can fight for a second half win.
Back in the pitch, instructions to man-mark and get everyone behind the ball.
The team worked their socks off following players around the pitch and holding their own out.
They kept Loughborough in their half, passing the ball round the back.
Staveley created more and more chances and, despite coming off 0-7 down, felt as though they deserved better. Well done to all.