Hockey: Blueharts ladies' teams celebrate after clean sweep of victories

PUBLISHED: 13:42 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:50 09 October 2017

Blueharts Ladies first team prepare to take on St Albans

Blueharts Ladies first team prepare to take on St Albans

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Hitchin’s Blueharts Hockey Club ladies’ sides celebrated with a clean sweep of victories this weekend.

The first team showed steely determination to beat St Albans 4-3 after coming back from being 3-2 down to score two goals in the last four minutes of the game.

The opening goal of the match came when St Albans won a series of short corners. Blueharts stepped up their game with waves of attacking play and were rewarded with their first short corner.

A clean injection out from Anna Page enabled Jay Livermore to drag flick the ball to the left post for her to notch her first goal for the club.

She followed up with a second two minutes later following another short corner and another Livermore assist.

2-1 up, Jess Miles kept Blueharts in the lead with some fantastic saves.

Tamsin White also ensured St Albans attacks down the right were stopped in their tracks often turning them into a counter-attack for Kate Sherwood, Jo Floor, Olivia Marsh and Ellie Cockburn to use to their advantage.

Blueharts went in 2-1 up at half-time and came out wiser to their opponents taking their free hits quickly, pressing hard to win the ball before the match opened up.

In an attempt to stop the visitors scoring Blueharts were given a penalty flick against them that made it 2-2.

St Albans then took advantage of a ball across the ‘D’ to make it 3-2 with only four minutes left.

Blueharts then showed grit and determination to dig deep and turn the game around.

Coach Mike Baxter made his trademark move of taking goalkeeper Miles off to play an extra outfield players.

The ploy worked as Livermore executed a textbook drag flick to make it 3-3 following a short corner.

The St Albans keeper then kept out a number of strikes as Blueharts were relentless in their hunt for the win.

A weave of quick short passes resulted in Livermore firing the ball into the D for Cockburn to aim at goal before Harriet Marsh put away her 99th Blueharts goal securing a hard worked win.

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The ladies second team had a positive start away to Luton with Tamzin Wright scoring the opener after she outpaced a defender before slotting home. Despite a good passage of play Luton began to pressure Blueharts. Struggling to get to grips with a slow pitch Blueharts player of the match, Louise Pillar, came into her own making several saves. Claire Dainton also helped out with a goalline clearance with Carol Lamey also bringing a high ball down which had lobbed the keeper.

The second half started with Wright finding space again to beat a defender and keeper making it 2-0. With only a few minutes left on the clock the home side scored from a short corner. Blueharts retaliated with some skilful play by Ella Blackmore who unleashed a corker to the back post with the final touch of the game and a 3-1 win.

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The ladies third’s beat Broxbourne 2-1 at home. They were straight on the attack having their first chance within minutes. Kept out by the opposition goalie Blueharts were undeterred but it was Broxbourne – who boasted fast forwards – who went ahead. Blueharts replied after a well-worked short corner routine that saw Victoria Marsh make it 1-1.

With young legs in the team they pressured Broxbourne after the break. More short corners were won, with Anna Wallace on the corner post to grab the winner. Player of the match went to Katie Williams for her fantastic marking and defending.

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The ladies fourth team won 3-0 away to Hertford. The first goal came from a great attacking run by player of the match Rachel Goward whose strike across the D was put in by Gina Joseph.

An end to end game saw Blueharts play their socks-off with the talented youngsters performing well.

The second half saw the visitors put the pressure on but it was Blueharts who scored again with a close range deflection from Lucy Williams.

A third goal followed when a sublime pass into the D from Hannah Ross was ricocheted in by Gina Joseph.

The win puts the fourth’s at the top of Five Counties.

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