Clifton 4 Reading Ladies 5By Reading Hockey Club • Mar 20th, 2013 • Category: L1, Match Reports
Saturday 16th March 2013
On a cold wet Saturday morning the neutral supporters at Coombe Dingle Sports Ground had a nine-goal extravaganza to warm them up on the sidelines. Clifton came into the game knowing that two wins from their final two games and a couple of other results going there way could see them through to the end of season play offs. Reading also had an eye on the play offs with the hope of securing a play off place with either a win or draw coming from the game.
The game got off to a positive start for Reading as they scored with their first corner, a rebound from a Kate Walsh drag flick fell kindly for Susie Gilbert who slotted the ball home after 2 minutes. The lead was doubled in the 8th minute in an almost carbon copy of the first this time Elspeth Cockburn getting on the score sheet. Reading were in control for the majority of the first half but Clifton showed some threat on counter attacks. It was one such counter, which led to them winning a penalty stroke in the 30th minute and was duly scored by Clifton veteran Izzy Palmer.
Clifton started the second half with the momentum in their favour and a frustrated Reading attempted to re-establish their authority on the game. Clifton took advantage of their purple patch and scored a well-worked corner routine via a deflected drag flick. With the game all square Reading struck back almost immediately through another good rebound finish from Alex Danson in the middle of the circle.
The game was end to end and it was Reading who pressed home their advantage through Alex Danson snuck the ball through the goalkeeper and the near post from a very acute angle on the baseline. Just as Reading took a sigh of relief Clifton again hit back through a ball played from outside the circle and deflected high into the net by Dawn Mitchell.
At 4-3 Reading started to look edgy and Clifton were looking to counter on any mistakes or loose play by Reading. A quick counter down Reading’s left hand side saw Clifton win their 3rd corner of the game. A well-worked move back to injector was finished on the line and the score line was level once more.
But it was Reading who had the last laugh as in the last minute of the game they were awarded a penalty stroke, which was expertly put away by Emma Thomas and the game finished Clifton 4, Reading 5. A lucky escape for Reading who will be looking to finish off the season in good form next week at home to Sutton Coldfield.