Ladies 1s so close

March 7, 2017

to a remarkable win. After a season of finding their feet at National League level the Ladies 1s played a superb match against a Wimbledon Team led by GB Gold medalist Crista Cullen who are top of the league. Southgate led for 45 minutes after another Caity Wales goal. A really controversial penalty flick allowed Wimbledon back in to the game . A short corner and scrappy goal gave Wimbledon a 3-1 win but not before given a real game by our Ladies. Comments from several Wimbledon players were that Southgate were the best team they have played all season. We go into this weekends match against 2nd placed Sevenoaks with confidence.

L2s travelled to Reading and as hard as we tried the ball just wouldn’t go in the goal enough times. There was some hope in the 2nd half with a reverse strike from Mia giving us 1 goal but we finished the game 3-1 down.
Still hunting for more crucial points before the season ends. MoM went to Milly Davies

For the third of four consecutive away games, the Ladies Threes travelled away to Harrow. A very even game against an experienced and physical side, both sides had chances, but it was Harrow who eventually came out on top, scoring a goal in each of the halves, leading to a 2-0 loss for Southgate. We are very proud of our young players who refused to be drawn into Harrow’s aggressive play, accepting umpire decisions with good grace, just keen to get on with the game. Man of the match went to Gaby Greenwood, with votes also for Ella, Chloe, Charlotte, Caitlin, Lucy and Jenny.

L4s played some of their best flowing, passing hockey all season in a satisfying 2-1 home victory over Ham&West 5s on Saturday. All the goals came in the first half, with Southgate striking first as Woman of the Week Ella Crowe stormed out of defence unleashing a powerful shot at the top of the D that the H&W keeper stood no chance of saving. It wasn’t long before Liz Cookson deflected home the second from a rocket of a pass into the D by Michelle Joubert. Well played 4s.

Ladies 5s had a rare loss this half of the season, going down 4-1 to Staines 4s. We went 2-0 down pretty quickly and were struggling to create any attacking moves. Some of our passing was weak or poorly paced and we were a bit static. Everything combined to create a less than flowing game and we ended up 3-0 down at half time. 
 
We started the second half much brighter and Sarah Tingle, press-ganged into playing and complete with new kit after a mercy dash to Staines High Street, scored from an impossible angle by way of a pirouette and shot the ball past the goalie, who could only get in a weak deflection.
 
At 3-1 we felt we might get back in it, but overall Staines were better organised and they didn’t give us any time on the ball. Their continued pressure was rewarded with a run of short corners and in a percentage game they scored to make it 4-1 and mountain loomed for us to climb to get back into the match. MOM was jointly awarded to Sum Sze and Emma for super defensive work.
Southgate Hockey Club. Great fun, great hockey, great facilities.