If you’ve got it haunt it! Fang-tastic Blueharts ladies gain spook-tacular Halloween results
PUBLISHED: 12:17 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 31 October 2017
With many marking Halloween with parties Blueharts Ladies notched up another wicked weekend of spook-tacular results writes Layth Yousif.
The scarily skilled womens’ teams were undefeated again with some fang-tastic performances in a game of strong hockey, determination, and fighting spirit.
The Ladies’ 1s had a thriller of a match in a top of the table clash, beating first in the league Saffron Walden away to put them joint second in East Div 2SW. The first half was not the prettiest of hockey with Blueharts feeling the pressure of a strong opposition.
Saffron Walden pushed hard from the first whistle, putting the Blueharts defence on the back foot.
Becky Grinham, Carly Madders and Tamsin White worked wonders to build the play and make sure that, try as they may the home team didn’t take advantage of Blueharts slow start.
Vikki Bidwell built the play up the right wing to the ready and waiting midfield. Anna Page and Harriet Marsh used their fitness to not only support the front line but track back for the continuous counter attacks leading to some beautiful end to end hockey. Jess Marsh in goal made a number of saves from a variety of short corners which were confidently tidied up by the defence.
Blueharts were not without opportunities to score. Olivia Marsh was on the receiving end of a number of passes but the home team defence were quick to close her down in the D.
However a goalless first-half soon developed into a second-half scoring frenzy. Saffron Walden were first to get onto the score sheet.
In open play, they overloaded the Blueharts D, and after a number of attempts, finally found the backboard to loud cheers from their home supporters. Undeterred, Blueharts fought back and were awarded a short corner. Jay Livermore carried out a text book drag flick to bring the Blues level.
Ellie Cockburn worked her magic around the opposition defence and found Livermore in open space to make it 2-1.
A wonderful ball from Tamsin White saw Bobbi Walker open up play and drive the ball in to an eager Cockburn who made it 3-1.
Saffron Walden didn’t give up, they pressed hard and challenged the Blueharts defence who saw off over 10 short corners with player of the match Jess Marsh making some stretching saves.
The Ladies 1s face Shefford & Sandy 1s at home next Sat 1.30pm.
*Ladies seconds drew 0-0 at home to a strong Bishop Stortford team.
*The third ladies team won 3-0 away to Welwyn with Antonia Altham stepping in as captain as she rallied the girls. Tilly Turner scored within a minute from a short corner. Hannah Mcpherson powered in up the left and scored the second from open play. 2-0 up and the team kept going to score their final goal from Altham on the post from another short corner. A wonderful performance with Sophie Featherby being awarded Player of the match.
*The Ladies’ 4s won 4-0 at home vs Welwyn.
*The Men’s 3s were the only team to win, beating Broxbourne 6-3. The Men’s 1s lost 5-1 at home to Peterborough, Men’s two travelled to West Herts and narrowly lost 3-2, Sean Parsons and Ben Philipson scored. The Men’s 4s lost 4-2 to Southgate Adelaide, Men’s 5s had only 10 men for most of the match and lost 7-1 at home to Shefford & Sandy and the Men’s 6s lost 4-2 away to an experienced Bishop Stortford side. Scorers Neil Donald and Chris Slack.