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Staveley Women’s Hockey Club match reports – 21/10/19

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Buxton 2s (1-0) Staveley 2s

Saturday 19th October

An away fixture at Buxton saw a reduced Staveley side (winter bugs taking their toll) demonstrate some great short passes and tight man-to-man marking.

Staveley used the width of the pitch well, attacking up both sides. However, the Buxton team were quick to react and intercept passes.

The ball moved up and down the pitch and Staveley went into the second half with the score 0-0.

Buxton’s continual closing down of the ball saw them gain a lucky goal. Despite numerous chances, Staveley were unlucky in not securing at least an equaliser.

The match ended 1-0 to Buxton.

The player of the match went to Orla for some superb positioning, marking and hunger for the ball.

 

Staveley 3s (2-5) Belper

Saturday 19th October 

Staveley 3s came up against a strong, fit and skilful Belper team. In the first half it was hard to adjust to the pace of the opposition and they had to dig deep.

Belper were pushing so far up the pitch we had a number of breakaway chances.

Heather scored from a short corner to get Staveley back into the game at 1-4 down then on another attack Kiera took the ball down the right hand side and crossed the ball into Ruby who scored to make it 2-5.

At half time Staveley changed tactics and put everything into their marking and defence.

Everyone went man-to-man and the defence from Ella, Becs, Laura, Seonaid, Emma and Lisa was epic, taking blow after blow but sticking to the task.

Ruby stepped up to the challenge in midfield and was equally supported by Maeve, Neyir and Chloe.

Staveley fought for everything. Imogen was their ‘man of the match’ for her hard work and determination.

 

Staveley 1s (1-3) Derby 1s

Saturday 19th October 

The ladies met early in the changing rooms to hear the new formation of the team from new coach Clive!

Suggestions to keep the midfield packed and continue to support the defence.

After a good warm up Staveley were ready to get going. The game started, and within the first few seconds they knew it was going to be an ‘argy bargy’ game from Derby.

Staveley worked hard with and without the ball. Derby goals came from open play when Staveley just lost concentration!

The ladies never looked out of it, and used the width better in the second half creating several chances.

Captain Ruth even nutmegging the Derby keeper but still no goal.

When Staveley conceded the third goal their heads dropped and frustration showed on the pitch – they deserved better. Without giving up they pulled it out of the bag.

A great lift over the keeper gave Grace and Staveley their first goal of the season! The game finished 3-1 to Derby! (But, once again so many positives for Staveley.)

The ladies can take from this: fitness has improved 100% in four games; confidence is building.

Movement on and off the ball, man-marking and communication within the young team is growing weekly.

An unbelievable performance by team captain Ruth earned her player of the match. Well deserved!

 

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