Sutton Coldfield 1 Reading Ladies 3

By Reading Hockey Club • Nov 21st, 2012 • Category: L1, Match Reports

Sunday 18th November 2012

The ladies 1s travelled up the M40 last weekend to play Sutton Coldfield in a vital six pointer and a chance to jump the midland team and take 5th place. Sutton Coldfield is traditionally a tough place to play. A skiddy playing surface with one side covered in leaves and an experienced line-up always provide challenging conditions.

Bayer, Reading’s coach was tested even before the first whistle. A stomach bug, a migraine and a quick change of socks for one player (mentioning no names!) made the warm-up a bit more entertaining than usual. Once play began things didn’t get any easier, with the sun glaring in the Ding’s eyes it was nigh on impossible to make out colours when looking for a forward pass! Despite all of this Reading once again started well and were the first to create some good chances. There was always the threat however of a couple of raiding parties from Sutton Coldfield and Reading’s ability to step up behind their attacks would be critical.

Somewhat against the run of play it was Sutton who made the most of one of their chances. Slow play at the top of Reading’s circle got turned over by some good tackling back, Woolford was left with just the goalkeeper to beat who made no mistake in the 13th minute. Reading pushed on troubling the Sutton keeper on numerous occasions but to no avail and the score remained one nil to the home side at the break.

During half time Reading’s belief never waivered, knowing that a good second half performance would keep the chances coming. For the second week in a row Reading scored in the 36th minute and equalized through Richardson with a sweetly timed shot from the top of the ‘D’ nicely aimed through the goalie’s legs! Five minutes later Reading took the lead. Good closing down in the midfield lead to a turnover in a dangerous position. Gilbert found Brooker unmarked in the ‘D’ who slotted home. With just 11 minutes left to play Reading moved two goals clear when Richardson found Thomas once again unmarked just off the left hand side baseline. Her first time slap shot went in passed the advancing keeper making the dying minutes a little more comfortable.

All in all it was a good performance and the momentum is now nicely building towards the Christmas break. A place in the top four remains the first goal and the Ding are moving closer.

Photos courtesy of Andy Smith.

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