Staveley 1s vs Northampton Saints
Staveley Ladies’ 1s had a very long drive to Northampton on Saturday (waiting for the all clear before setting off because of the awful weather – cold, wet and windy).
The message received was the game was to be played… a young Staveley team travelled away with hopes of putting the fantastic weeks training into full force.
After a good warm up, they felt ready. The team were determined to work hard and fight for something.
However, the game started and it was very clear that nothing was going their way.
A great release from defence and quickly the ball was in their half! An unlucky missed shot by Sarah. The Staveley ladies worked the ball well through the centre for a short period.
Then the ball was traveling end to end and it was a very open game! Northampton earned their first short corner, which was well defended.
18 minutes in, and a good break saw Kelly run the ball up the left-hand side. A quick turn and she fed Ruth in who scored a great goal. 1-0 Staveley.
The Saints came out strong, running the ball down their right side and slipping it into the ‘D’ but the Staveley ladies defended well.
Again the ball travelled up both sides of the pitch -albeit slower due to the water logged pitch.
Half time came and a quick chat meant Staveley were going to come out fighting for this! But Northampton thought the same.
It was a hard-fought first five minutes, when Staveley went down to 10 players because Ella was sent off (green card).
They had to stay together and work for each other. Maddie passed a great ball to Karena who quickly passed to Kelly, Ruth called and received the ball just inside Staveley’s half.
Ruth with all the skills ran all the way up the pitch with support on both sides but didn’t need it!
Three stick tackles in the ‘D’ and an advantage was played. Ruth stuck the ball in the back of the goal after 15 minutes. 2-0.
Northampton didn’t give up. Ruth was sent of (yellow card) and the opposition scored with 10 minutes left, and Staveley knew we needed to work hard to keep on top!
The rain began to get heavier and Staveley were struggling to keep possession of the ball but showed some great defending and it allowed them to get a few runs to right and left but most time they were caged in their own half.
The whistle went, Staveley won! Hugs and smiles all round! Man of the match went to Ruth.
Staveley 2s vs Belper 5s
The extremely wet weather didn’t deter the Staveley’s second team from their quest to make use of the width and mark.
The Belper team scored early with a good goal into the top right corner.
Undeterred, Staveley continued to pass the ball around, working it up to the pitch and creating numerous shots on goal.
Supporters commented on the continual danger and control up front from Karen and brilliant goalkeeping from Charlie.
A superb all-round performance was proved by a three-way tie for man of the match shared between Karen and the two goal scorers Nic and Annie.
A well deserved 2-1 victory and team performance of the season so far.
This result is just reward for the continued hard work and continual improvement being made by the squad.
Staveley 3s 0 – 2 Matlock 5s
The performance this week showed there is clearly a good team spirit building through the third team squad.
There’s no shortage of commitment, determination, desire to work hard for each other and, above all, have fun! All these are great assets which will see the side develop and improve.
Saturday’s game was tough, as Matlock had solid experienced players in key positions throughout the side and they used this experience to win the game.
Matlock were just a bit more certain in their work.
Staveley worked hard and didn’t let heads drop and the game was a good reminder of the areas where they need to improve.
These include: ball pace, commitment to tackles, marking from a position where we can see the player and the ball at the same time and turning strong rather than onto the opposition open stick.
Overall the defence of Emma, Lisa, Seonaid, Becs and Chloe stood up to the challenge well and there were some super saves from Charlie.
There were a few key performances – notably from Lottie, Ruby and Imogen who influenced the game. Player of the match was jointly won by Lottie and Alice.
All these things will come through training and match experience and the third team is going to go from strength to strength each week.