Havant 1 Reading Ladies 1a 2By Reading Hockey Club • Nov 17th, 2012 • Category: L1A, Match Reports
10th November 2012
On the back of three unbeaten League fixtures, the 1A’s travelled confidently to the south coast to take on a struggling Havant side. Confidence was further boosted by the return of some fresh faces having competed in the previous weekend’s Futures Cup event and the inclusion of regular First teamers, Liana Smith and Lindsay Molyneux.
After a slow start, having had to reacquaint themselves the girls gradually began to impose themselves on the match. Despite taking early control of the midfield Reading were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities to strike on goal during the first quarter of the match.
This was to change after 16 minutes when the first short corner to be awarded resulted in Alys Richards’ strike on goal, narrowly missing its target. Having now set the trend for the remainder of the half more opportunities were created. Good work by Livvie Saligoi and Alys Richards created clear cut chances for Immie Brown and Chloe Lyons respectively but both were also unable to convert. The same could also be said for Keelie Perham, who was unlucky to strike an upright.
Having now commandeered the middle of the field, with Lindsay Molyneux at Centre-Half and the Inside Forwards completely dominant, the expectations were for the flood gates to open.
It was Havant though, upon their first real venture into the 1A’s “D” who were to come the closest. Some poor concentration let in a Havant forward who was unlucky to not convert a dangerous breakaway when also striking a post. This philanthropic approach to defending could have cost Reading dear and proved to be the wake up call that was needed.
More concerted pressure from the away side resulted in two strikes on goal by Chloe, the second of which, just before the half-time whistle proved to be a continuation of her fine scoring form this season. One-Nil.
Havant came out hard at the start of the second half but the Reading defence held firm with Man of the Match, Jane Chamberlin in particular demonstrating calmness and skill under pressure.
Reading’s first short corner of the half gave the girls the opportunity to double their lead. Captain Fran Feather did not disappoint as she successfully converted (42 mins). Keelie was to go close, so too Liana. The IA’s were always comfortable!
Reading did have to survive a few scares. Jess Biggs produced a fine double save from a short corner mid way through the half but was unable to stop one of Havant’s only clear-cut opportunities of the half on 60 minutes..
Both sides then pressed for that elusive strike, Havant to get back on equal terms and Reading to extend their lead. Neither side prevailed. This was a dominant and much deserved victory for the IA’s which could have been far greater if more chances were converted. Irrespective, the unbeaten run now extends to four games. Well done, one and all!