Staveley 2s vs Belper 5s
Staveley 2s travelled to Mackworth for the first of four away fixtures before the end of the season.
Staveley started slowly, their legs seemed heavy and the ball just didn’t seem to want to move with any kind of pace.
Belper scored to put them in the lead, much to the frustration of the Staveley squad.
However, Staveley composed themselves and managed to move the ball to the forwards and Caitlin scored to put the score line to 1-1.
Belper came back and another unchallenged drive to Staveley’s ‘D’ was rewarded with a second goal to Belper, the score at half time being 2-1.
During half-time, the Staveley squad regrouped, refocused and came out with a determination that had served them well all season.
Staveley began to transfer the ball with accuracy and increased pace.
Staveley’s efforts were rewarded when the team began to move for each other with steely grit, the ball began to work its way through the team, towards the opposition’s ‘D’.
The ball was crossed in to Grace who struck the ball and gained her first, well deserved, goal of the season – making the final score 2-2.
The player of the match was shared between Grace and Caitlin. The game was a classic example of ‘keep going and it will come’.
Staveley 3s vs Matlock
Staveley 3s came up against a strong, fit and skilful Matlock team.
In the first half they kept the ball in midfield well and had numerous chances in attack – Abi worked hard to get in good positions, Imogen ran and carried the ball on several occasions into the ‘D’ and Olivia tackled back well to dispossess the opposition.
Everyone in the team worked hard and pressed the opposition on the ball.
Matlock made it difficult for us to string passes together and gain any consistency.
Staveley were unlucky at half time to be one nil down after a short corner.
In the second half, Matlock were strong down the right hand side of the pitch and the defence of Becs, Simone, Lisa, Seonaid and Laura worked hard to keep the ball out of the ‘D’.
Ella made some crucial saves to keep them in the game.
Kiera injected some pace from midfield to attack and worked well with the forwards to create a few chances.
Imogen received the ball high on the pitch and created a one-on-one with the keeper but a last ditch tackle by the defender sent her long legs flying.
Ruby, Neyir, Alice and Chloe stepped up to the challenge in midfield and fought for everything.
The game ended as a 3-0 loss but the performance was admirable and Staveley should be proud of themselves.
Kiera was their player of the match, Chloe in second place. Third place was split over six players – Alice, Imogen, Abi, Neyir, Laura and Lisa. Well done to everyone.
Staveley 1s vs Loughborough Town 1s
Staveley were excited to get back to the pitch this weekend, with strict no late instructions given out by captain Ruth – and with Chesterfield HC first team coach and Midlands Performance Centre coach Christian Battye helping take charge from the sideline!
All started well when Staveley had a great team talk in the locker rooms reflecting from the previous weekend’s good performance!
This then continued on the pitch with a good pace in warm up and confidence beaming!
The first half started and Staveley played with great pace, accuracy and confidence.
Often running the ball up both sides and working together really well. A 16 hit out meant Holly switched play to the right up to Ella, who quickly had a 1-2 with Loz and that was all it took!
Loz was on fire she ran from the half way line all the way into the ‘D’ and with that she hit the back board!
1-0 up. They couldn’t believe it, but they deserved it!
Staveley came straight back. Runs up the middle and left this time. with Maisie making some great runs and a few minutes of pressure by the defence but nothing they couldn’t handle.
A great ball played to Ruth who ran the ball up the middle and won a short corner!
She then injected to Loz who struck the ball sweet but the keeper made the save which rebounded out to Kelly, calm as you like she slapped the ball straight into the back board. 2-0.
20 minutes played and Staveley were playing the best hockey they had all season, working hard for each other.
But just as quick, Loughborough town woke up and started to apply the pressure! 2-1.
The Staveley legs started to tire and Loughborough began to take their chance. Staveley found themselves 2-3 down! They needed half time!
An encouraging talk from coach Battye and the girls were determined, unfortunately in the first few minutes a sloppy pass brought a goal (2-4) but heads didn’t drop! The fight was on!
A great Staveley team worked hard, soaking up lots of pressure and the short corners were coming thick and fast!
A short corner was conceded and a long corner was given.
Taken quickly, it went into the ‘D’ and then straight up Karena’s stick and into her mouth! First aid was administered and a trip to the hospital was needed for a split lip!
After a re-group, Staveley started passing the ball in their triangles again and slowly put pressure on Loughborough again – making some fantastic runs up both sides and having a few chances.
Finally they got the chance… Ruth took it as calm as could be, and, game on! 4-3!
Staveley believed they could get the next goal, again Staveley played some great hockey but unfortunately Loughborough held them to it.
The game finished 4-3.
A disappointing result, but they all felt very proud of one another! Great team performance!
Player of the match went to Loz. Bring on the next game.