HOCKEY: Read the latest news from Hitchin’s Blueharts Hockey Club
PUBLISHED: 21:11 11 December 2017
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The cold snap provided some festive fun for many but meant seven out of ten matches were postponed across the club due to frozen pitches.
Those teams that did play all gained points.
The men’s second team drew 2-2 away to Cambridge South with the men’s fourth team also drawing 2-2, away to Broxbourne.
It was the ladies’ third team that picked up maximum points beating Berkhamsted and Hemel 2-1 away.
Captain Julie Buckland lead her team with positive encouragement and the girls got stuck in from the start.
Antonia Altham, Gaia Brooker and Sophie Featherby in midfield surged forward providing the forwards Sam Vaughan, Hannah McPherson and Niamh Krishman with lots of opportunities.
The first half left both teams at 0-0, which was a good start for the Blues as the opposition were above them in the league.
The Blueharts defence worked hard to keep the ball out. Jules Purton and Becky Graves worked tirelessly marking players as Julie Buckland and Katie Williams chased the fast forwards down the left and right. Nat Sullivan had a great game in goal making many vital saves too.
The first goal came from Sophie Featherby’s silky skills on the attack in the D. This then followed a surprising flick for the home team which just slipped passed as Sullivan got a pad to it but couldn’t keep it out.
The pitch became increasingly frosty as temparatures dropped but both teams gamely battled on.
Rachel Bunting and Rachel Goward were the super substitutes who provided energy and rest bite for the blues.
The Blueharts were awarded a short corner which was passed to Player of the Match Sophie Featherby for her to smash it in for the winning goal.
This win put the ladies’ thirds in joint fourth place with Berkhamsted and Hemel of Five Counties Div 2.
Just the Ladies’ 4s playing next weekend unless some fixtures are re-arranged.
Blueharts Hockey Club was founded in 1946 and is based in the market town of Hitchin.
With close links to local schools, the club runs ten adult teams in Saturday leagues as well as a thriving youth programme, and has a varied social calendar.
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