Wereys report - November 2016

Wereys report November 2016

We had a very closely fought practice match against Team Turnbull on 9th November to prepare us for our 1st round EH Cup match on 20th November. We were put under a lot of pressure but managed to come out 1-0 winners. This proved to be a very good test for us.

We took a squad of 14 down to Exeter on Sunday 20th November and met in Weston where Ness then drove the squad down in her school minibus. We changed the navigation team in the front seat and went straight to the venue for the game unlike our trip to Stratford when we spent an hour driving around trying to find a car park!!!

The game started nervously as both teams tried to establish control and we found ourselves put under pressure. This pressure was relieved when Sally got on the end of some good work up the right to make it 1-0. We started to find a bit of rhythm with our passing and movement and Sarah Thomson slotted home from close range to make it 2-0 at half time.

At half time we were able to compose ourselves and plan the next half. Lucy demanded three more goals in the second half so the team obliged by scoring exactly that. We played with confidence moving the ball around really well. We were rarely troubled in this half and I think the opposition were completely overrun with our play. Sarah Thomson, once again, found herself in space in front of goal after some great work down the right by Lucy and Elaine to make it 3-0, Lucy scored a nervous penalty flick to make it 4-0 and Elaine finished off a great penalty corner beating GK and defender on the line with a lifted ball to make it 5-0 – a thoroughly convincing win.

This win puts us into the second round of the Cup on 22nd January at UWE v Taunton Vets, 10.15am start.

Our annual match v Redland UWE was on 10th December at UWE 11.30am where we hoped to retain the Chris Bradley Trophy after our exciting game last Christmas. Redland UWE were determined to win the trophy this time and put out a very strong side. We were missing a couple of key players so were a little weakened. We struggled to contain them in the first half and despite defending stoutly we found ourselves 0-2 down at half time. We came out strongly in the second half and started attacking well down the right hand side of the pitch dominating play. We were rewarded with two goals to level the score 2-2. The last ten minutes of the game was very exciting but we tired and Redland UWE’s youth shone through. They scored two more goals to make the final score 2-4 to take the trophy. The crowd was very entertained with the hockey and everyone enjoyed the game. We’ll just have to win the trophy back next year.