Staines 3 Reading Ladies 1A 2By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 15th, 2013 • Category: L1A, Match Reports
12th October 2013
For the second time in three weeks Reading 1As were left frustrated as they lost a game in which all the high quality hockey was played by the away side. To be honest, Staines approach to the game was as agricultural as their pitch, which had more in common with Brighton beach than the fast paced pitch at Sonning Lane.
Reading started brightly and good build up play by Charlotte, Poppy and Harriette enabled Livvie to dance down the goal line and win a short corner. From this, debutant Elie had a good shot well saved.
On 9 minutes a hopeful (and borderline too high) strike into the box resulted in a goalmouth scramble and eventually a goal for Staines.
Reading still played with good composure and created a number of good openings including a couple of short corners, but couldn’t convert.
However on 29 minutes Livvie made a great run down the left flank and crossed powerfully to Harriette to finish at the second attempt. The score stayed at 1-1 at half time.
Jon kept his halftime team talk short – having reminded everyone (again) that he was feeling VERY under the weather.
Reading took the lead early in the second half. Good work from Charlotte and Harriet got the ball to Chloe for a quick dribble and shot into the corner. Reading were 2-1 up and looking comfortable.
They continued to press forward with a lot of their best work being channelled through Sarah and had a short corner shot from Chloe well saved. Another Reading attack broke down and the team failed to recover their position. Staines shifted the ball forward and converted a scrappy opportunity to level the scores.
Staines then created a period of sustained pressure and had a succession of short corners which Reading defended bravely.
Eventually Reading reasserted their grip on the game and Random, Immie and Keelie combined well with Poppy who twisted (a bit) and turned (a lot and mainly in circles) until she found a foot to play the ball onto to win another short corner. However, once again the team left the D empty handed.
Immie, also feeling under the weather (but making much less fuss about it than Jon) then made a great run from midway inside her own half and beat a number of players before driving into the circle. However the final pass to Chloe was intercepted by the defender and another chance was lost.
After 29 minutes, Staines won a short corner and a well worked routine saw them take a 3-2 lead.
Reading pressed forward with real urgency with Charlotte throwing herself around like a nutcase looking for the equaliser……but it wasn’t to be.