Shefford and Sandy Hockey Club ladies re-start season with super success
PUBLISHED: 10:21 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 16 January 2018
Shefford and Sandy Hockey Club ladies re-started their season with success at the weekend with three wins and a draw. Read CometSport’s comprehensive round-up.
Shefford ladies first team drew 2-2 at fifth place Saffron Walden first team.
The ladies knew this would be a tough game but were pleased to welcome back Felly into the team after injury and with a strong team talk from captain Gudgin and they were ready for the challenge.
Saffron Walden came out fighting and had most of the possession in the first half. The defence of Martin, Grainger, Cullip, Gravell and Chiswell worked tirelessly. Saffron Walden were first to win a short corner and it didn’t take long for them to find the back board with a well drilled short corner routine. Grainger linked up well with Chiswell to find the midfield of Wood, Tipper and Irvine to win Sandy a short corner. Cullip with the injection to Irvine and Hart at the top of the D however they were unable to convert.
The first half saw Martin make some excellent saves supported by Grainger clearing the ball from the goal line. A second short corner was won by Saffron Walden and they were quick to convert making it 2-0 at half time.
Different tactics planned at half time created a dominating second half by Shefford. The first goal in the first few minutes led from a Saffron Walden hit out. Shefford forced them to play the ball around the back which caused a defensive error that Hart picked up and quickly slotted into the back of the goal. This goal gave Shefford the fire in their belly and they were soon to slow any of Saffron Walden’s attacks.
It didn’t take long for Shefford’s second goal which was quickly forced down the right hand side with some wonderful weaving by player of the match Felly who struck the ball across the top of the D to find Saxon on the left. A sharp slap of the ball which created a spin into the bottom left and the scores were now level. Both teams were now fighting for the win however Shefford remained calm and composed with their interceptions.
Saffron Walden won a short corner on the final whistle which saw a save on the line by Grainger and a quick clearance by Irvine. Shefford take a point with a 2-2 draw.
Shefford ladies second team won 3-0 at Aylesbury second team.
S&S started the game at a fast pace and Aylesbury found this very disconcerting and struggled to keep up with the surging runs from midfield.
20 minutes in and Jayme’s powerful through ball found Tina at the top of the D, who calmly deflected the ball past the stunned Aylesbury keeper for 1-0.
Shefford completely dominated Aylesbury controlling all areas of the pitch as Kirstin smashed the ball home to make it 2-0.
Shefford maintained the high standard of play throughout the second half. The vision and distribution were excellent across the pitch. Shefford were on fire and Aylesbury couldn’t stand the heat.
Tina wrapped things up- scoring her second and S&S’s third. Aylesbury had no reply as Shefford finished in the ascendency.
Girlie of the game went to Jayme but there were lots of contenders.
Team: Sarah Fuller, Tina Fury, Tia Alford, Tayla Green, Kate Lambourne, Kaz Hall, Kirstin Rayner, Zoe Harling, Janet Fogg, Jacqui Burke, Kath Wilson, Nat Nunn, Jayme Nunn
S&S ladies third team beat Bedford 4-0 at Fortress Sandy.
Having narrowly lost 0-1 earlier in the season, S&S were on a mission to win. The first 15 minutes were fairly balanced until Corin Lancaster made a forceful run past a couple of Bedford defenders on the right, blasting the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal for 1-0.
Keeper Casey Elsby was called to make a save close to the half time whistle, which kept S&S in the lead.
Going into the second half there was the need for more goals from S&S. Denise Alexander obliged from a short corner which she struck sweetly into the bottom left hand corner, out of reach of the Bedford keeper.
With Bedford on the back foot and having very little possession, S&S pressed harder and harder via slick passing throughout the whole team, looking for more goals. Another short corner was awarded to S&S, which saw Scarlett Howman’s initial shot rebounding to Freya Bradshaw, who flicked the ball into the back of the net.
The minutes were counting down to the end of the game. With the Bedford keeper nowhere in sight, Caron Bradshaw latched onto a loose ball and calmly scored S&S’s fourth and final goal.
With each and every member of team giving 100% commitment, S&S deserved this resounding victory.
Girlie of The Game: Corin Lancaster.
Team: Casey Elsby; Justine Jones; Sharon Wood; Chrissie Harris; Rosamund Lands; Caitlin Bradshaw; Corin Lancaster; Lynn Higginson-Carter; Caron Bradshaw; Grace Gravell; Freya Bradshaw; Wendy Shepherd; Scarlett Howman; Denise Alexander.
On paper, this looked like it was going to be a close battle, with 3rd placed S&S taking on 4th place Saffron Walden at the top of the 5th divison, but a strong start from S&S under the floodlights at fortress Sandy quickly put the visitors on the back foot.
The dynamic partnership of L Cook & Currell were quick to break through the SW defence, with an early strike denied by the post, but a successful attempt just a few minutes later by Cook defeating the defence to put the home team 1-0 up. Before SW had chance to recover, a strong drive and cross by Currell put Day in the danger zone and where she did a classic strike to put us 2-0 ahead. Saffron Walden heads quickly went down as they recognised the skill and firepower on the S&S front row – and that there was still 60 minutes to go…
The ladies 4s have a wealth of talent at the moment, and with rolling subs every few minutes it can be hard to get the team to build together, but strong performances by S Angell, West, Stonebridge and O’Brien in defence kept successfully turning the SW attacks back with sweeping clearances up the pitch.
S&S maintained their pressure in the 2nd half, with the midfield picking up the pace and the passing coming back together again, lead by Currell in the centre, and making use of her halves and wings to repeatedly break through the SW midfield and threaten the D. The formation and passes came back together, leading to more pressure on the SW defence who gave away a telling short corner which was neatly converted.
SW weren’t entirely on the back foot though, with some long passes fired accurately down the pitch to keep the defence alert, and accurate shots on goal when they could get there – calmly dealt with by a tenacious Potter in goal. One clearance eventually fell to key attacker though before Potter could get to her feet from the earlier save, and was pounced on to give the visiting side a toe back in the door and a hope of getting back in the game.
This was short lived though, with a spirited S&S quickly slamming the door to get the cushion back to 3 goals – determined work by the attack was rewarded with a short corner which both Currell and Cook celebrated as another strong scoring opportunity, before realising they were both on the sideline. Our youngsters stepped up to the mark as always, with the ball eventually tipped over the line to make it 4-1.
In the final few minutes of the game, the match was well and truly sealed with a cracking narrow angle strike by Day to complete her hattrick.
Man of the match Currell, with a strong and determined role in midfield (as always), with Day, O’Brien and L Cook also in the running. Overall, a well earned win, with the scoreline reflecting the strength of strikers coming through, as well as the 4s ability to quickly come together as a team on a weekly basis.
Team: Potter, Stonebridge, West, Angell S, Cook H, O’Brien, Libby, Angell H, Angell K, Cook L, Kelly, Currell, Baker (Cpt), Day.