Hotshots 6 Harpenden 2

Report from Jo Price

The temperature had dropped for our first 8.30 pushback but the play remained hot.  For the first time we were only able to muster13 players but were boosted to the full 14 by Sofia Martin who had been helping out with the U14 training and was keen  to join our number.  

DSC0617  Zoe Griffiths  watchful in defence – Jo Price
DSC06177 Lottie Rachel on the attack- Jo Price
DSC06193 Megan Lam looking to create from the midfield. – Jo Price

The score suggests a relatively one-sided game. Although player for player we were a better team the visitors, they played strong, old-school hockey and were hard to break down at the back and it took us some time to find our way through.  I confess that I cannot remember the order of the goals scored but the majority of play during the first half took place in their defensive half with debutant Tabs Collier, aided by Sofia, Megan and Dora commanding the midfield and creating regular opportunities for our forward line to convert.  It was to the credit of their defence that we ended the first half only 2-0 ahead. At this point, Lynn Bryden, having run herself to a standstill around the forward line, came off with a back injury and we were back to 13.

DSC06208 On strike Tabs Collier – Jo Price
DSC06212 Ella Duthie into the D – Jo Price
DSC06230 Pressing hard from the defence- Jo Price

After a half-time discussion we decided to aim for two-touch hockey and, for the first 15 minutes of the second half we produced some sublime movement all around the pitch which brought shouts of delight from our spectators on the verandah. Our top scorer Ella Duthie added two more to her healthy haul ,with Megan, Tabs, Sofia and Vic also finding the back of the net.  However, Harpenden were not done  continuing  to defend well and look for ways to break through our midfield.  Hotshots defence, who had been fairly redundant, during the middle of the half and were feeling a little chilly were now pressed into action during the last quarter and Harpenden’s persistent attack enabled them to force two short corners which they duly converted and provided  them with  a reasonable return for their evening’s efforts.

DSC06231 Sofia Martin trapping Megan Lam preparing for the drag flick – Jo Price
DSC06245 Rare short corner for Harpenden – Jo Price
Liv Richardson in goal and Jo Price on post unable to keep out ball from close quarters. – Jo Price

Another good performance , winning streak maintained  and we are now TOP OF THE TABLE – hurray!

 Next up the tasty prospect of Ham and West  – who have been top for the last month.