Ashbourne 4-0 Staveley
On what was a drizzly Saturday morning, Staveley left the changing rooms determined and ready for their first game of the weekend.
Ella lead a great dynamic warm up before the team moved onto stick and ball work, the team were then raring to go.
Staveley started strong from the off with a great run down the right hand side from Loz, crossing it into the ‘D’ for a shot on goal by Ella.
The intensity that both Staveley and Ashbourne were putting into the match meant the game was end to end, which put the fitness of the Staveley team to the test.
The first half saw some a great team effort, with some great runs down the right hand side, which saw some great link play between Loz, Beth and Annie.
Ruth and Caitlin showed some great skills through the middle, but Staveley could not make the breakthrough they needed.
Staveley defence stayed strong, with Hoppy making some great saves including a stick save for a lifted ball, which was dipping into the net.
Staveley had a succession of defensive short corners wit Nicole making a couple of saves off the goal line.
Unfortunately Ashbourne finally got the break through, with a second shortly after. Staveley went into half time 2-0 down.
During the team talk at half time they recognised that they needed to use the left hand side a bit more as Ella and Kelly were in great amounts of space.
The second half started strong again, however a quick counter saw Ashbourne score a third goal early in the half.
Staveley continued to press, with some great play between Loz, Beth and Annie on the right hand side and Ella, Kelly and Caitlin on the left.
They successfully won several attacking short corners, but the goal was just not meant to be.
Unfortunately Ella then took a hockey ball straight to the elbow, which saw her whisked straight off to A&E. We wish her a speedy recovery and back on the hockey pitch soon.
After the delay in the match both teams were in a little bit of shock from what had just happened.
Both teams battled hard with great link play between Beth and Ruth.
Ashbourne got a fourth goal just before the end. Staveley were extremely unlucky with the scoreline. One that did not reflect the game.
Time to recover for everyone ahead of the match against Loughborough on Sunday.
‘Man of the Match’ went to Beth for her determination, persistence and great skills shown in the match.
Staveley 2s vs Burton 4s
Sat 23rd Nov 2019
A drizzly Saturday morning did not deter the Staveley 2nd XI squad from their quest to work as a team and move the ball around the pitch.
The first goal came from a lovely run into the ‘D’ by Grace F who went on to hit the target. There were a number of attempts on goal.
At half time the score was 1-0 to Staveley.
The second half saw a much more disciplined side move the ball around the pitch and create a number of opportunities by driving down the wings.
The second goal came from a defensive interception by Emma, who passed the ball out to Catherine.
The ball moved quickly to Hollie who took the ball down the line passing to Nic.
A quick one two saw Abi send the ball back to Hollie who was in the ‘D’ and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
Even Laura went on a run into the ‘D’ and looked like getting a goal only to be denied by the opposition.
Midfield worked hard with Maisie, Kara and Grace C covering vast areas of the pitch to intercept the ball and build attacks.
In defence, Yso, Rachel and Charlie made sure that clear instructions were given and that marking was tight.
The opposition managed to convert a short corner awarded in the last thirty seconds of the game. The conciliation goal meant the final score ended 2-1 to Staveley.
‘Man of the Match’ went to Grace F who never stopped closing down the ball.
Another good game from the Staveley side.
Staveley 3s vs Buxton 3s away on 23rd November
There was some good and determined play today from a skeleton 11-player third team, some of whom were under the weather and some playing out of position.
Staveley had good team spirit and everyone put lots of effort in. In the first half they took advantage of their 10-player team and had some good shots on target.
The game turned when their 11th player, a first teamer, came into midfield. This kept Staveley more defensive as the opposition attacked more often so we saw some excellent clearances at the back from Becs, Laura, Seonaid and Chloe.
Staveley’s midfield closed down the opposition play and they managed to win a few loose balls back, Sophia and Ruby made some excellent interceptions.
They conceded scrappy goals but kept organised and maintained their positions, good marking at the back from Lisa and Seonaid.
A lovely run up the right hand side from Ruby who found Neyir then Olivia created a shot on goal.
An enjoyable game with two evenly matched sides. Player of the match was Sophia.