Fireworks from Blueharts ladies as they rocket four past Shefford & Sandy to go top
PUBLISHED: 17:41 06 November 2017
There were fireworks before Bonfire Night as Blueharts Ladies Hockey Club first team rocketed four past Shefford & Sandy to go top of East Div 2SW.
The ladies' first eleven put on a convincing display for the home crowd against Shefford & Sandy.
After plotting the best way to blast through S&S’s strong defensive record the ladies’ firsts made an explosive start with some quick passing hockey making the most of the fast pitch.
The first Blueharts goal came from Jay Livermore after a neat interchange with Harriet Marsh before Livermore rocketed the ball across the D to find Olivia Marsh on the left post to ricochet the ball into goal.
The visitors had a couple of chances on goal but these were diffused by Blueharts defence with Becky Grinham marking tightly and making circular runs to mop up any lose balls. Jess Marsh made several crucial saves to keep the ball out and Laura Kemps executed some cracking low tackles.
The second goal was from open play with Olivia Marsh shooting at goal and Livermore connecting with the keeper’s rebound to blaze the ball on target. Blueharts continued to have the majority of possession with Vicky Bidwell on fire down the right attacking and defending in equal measures and Carly Madders distributing effectively to ensure the ball reached the eager forwards.
The hard work paid off with several short corners being awarded that were well-executed if not converted leaving the half-time score 2-0.
Kate Sherwood made it 3-0 after the break after Ellie Cockburn drew the keeper before passing to Sherwood who whizzed the ball sky-high into the top of the net.
Blueharts won more short corners with ‘oooh’s & ahhh’s’ from the supporting crowd as they so nearly scored.
After the defence did a good job of diffusing several opposition short corners they were keen to get the ball back up to the forwards.
Player of the Match Cockburn was full of sparkle and repeatedly stole the ball off Shefford & Sandy.
Cockburn was rewarded for her tenacity, determination and skills getting past several Shefford defenders and grabbing a goal of her own to make the final score a resounding 4-0.