Blueharts Hockey Club round-up

PUBLISHED: 17:55 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:15 15 January 2018

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Blueharts Hockey Club ladies first team beat St Albans third team 4-2 at the weekend as their quest for promotion was given a boost.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Jo Moxham in action for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Jo Moxham in action for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The visitors showed a high tempo from the off while displaying silky skills with Jo Floor on top form intercepting and commanding play down the left wing, linking up well with Anna Page and Olivia Marsh.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Floor’s hard work was rewarded with a reverse stick volley to get the first goal of the match. St Albans responded with a counter-attack and short corner. Lou Pillar did a great job of clearing the disguised pass hit but the home team connected with the rebound and after a scuffle in the goal made it 1-1.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Helen Waddell in action for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Helen Waddell in action for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Blueharts kept up the tempo, and took the lead again with Olivia Marsh’s short corner strike from the top of the D making it 2-1 at half-time. Blueharts started the second half strongly taking advantage of St Albans intense one-sided press to change direction of play around the back.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Vicki Bidwell in action for the Blueharts. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Some great short sharp passing gave Blueharts the attacking edge over St Albans. A fantastic cross into the D from Carly Madders towards outside left post was seized by Marsh who threw herself onto the ground to steer the ball into goal.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Laura Kemps in action for the Blueharts.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Laura Kemps in action for the Blueharts. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Ellie Walton then used her gutsy and high intensity game to work her way around a defender and pass the ball to Marsh for her to slap it into the net for her hat-trick to make it 4-1.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Kirsty Knowles in action for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Kirsty Knowles in action for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

As the clock counted down St Albans converted a short corner to make it 4-2 but ran out of time to do any more damage giving Blueharts a well-deserved three points – which sees them stand four points behind leaders Sudbury.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Kirsty Knowles in action for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Kirsty Knowles in action for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

*On Sunday the ladies’ first team made the short trip to Stevenage and thrashed them 7-2.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Ellie Walton in action for the Blueharts battles with Fran Needle for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Ellie Walton in action for the Blueharts battles with Fran Needle for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

*The ladies’ second team lost 1-2 at home to Luton while the thirds drew 3-3 away at Broxbourne.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Fran Needle in action for St Albans.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Fran Needle in action for St Albans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

*The men’s third side continued their great run of form with a double victory at the weekend, putting them eight points clear at the top of Division 4SW. On Saturday they beat Harpenden second team 5-3 and 24 hours later they triumphed 4-1 against St Albans men’s fourth team.

St Albans HC V Blueharts - Laura Kemps for the Blueharts.


Picture: Karyn Haddon St Albans HC V Blueharts - Laura Kemps for the Blueharts. Picture: Karyn Haddon

*The men’s fourth’s beat Potters Bar 2-1 away while the fifth’s continued their positive start to the season with a 5-3 victory against Potters Bar third’s as the sixth team beat Luton 3-2.

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