Reading Ladies 3As 5 Milton Keynes 3By Reading Hockey Club • Oct 20th, 2013 • Category: L3A, Match Reports
Saturday 19th October
The mighty 3as took on Milton Keynes 2s this afternoon. The team had a taxing warm up chat pitch-side whilst waiting for the previous game on SLS to finish.
Things were not looking great when we watched the MK keeper who had just played for their 1st XI v Sonning on the next door pitch walk into position as keeper for their 2s as well. Then Reading couldn’t get into their dug-out because some poor geezer from the previous game was sitting in there with a busted shoulder and was waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Nonetheless, we managed to move the warm up chat onto the pitch and before we knew it and after a little hit about, it was time for the off!
Within 2 minutes MK had found the back of the Reading net and the 3as had that horrible feeling that maybe it wasn’t going to be their day (perhaps slightly less warm up chat next time?). However, within about 15 minutes Abbie D soon put things right with a fine solo run from midfield into the D where she blasted home a solid equalizer that screamed past the keeper and signalled that we meant business. Just before half time Blanche put the team ahead and early worries were put aside.
A stern half time talk and much discussion about Percy Pigs saw a revitalized side take to the pitch once again. Not really sure about the exact order of things really, but the team romped home with a convincing 5-3 victory, with 2 more goals from Blanche and 1 from Helen.
Highlights of the match, in no particular order, were
- Blanche’s banshee wail of ‘WHERE WERE YOU???’ when we ALL failed to get on the end of one of her crosses… tsk…
- Rachel senior hitting the same shot 3 times right at the keeper – a bit like a pinball machine – without reward …hmmm… and
- Anna just sitting down on the side line during the game, much to the consternation of one MK player who felt duty bound to comment that that didn’t look a very safe thing to do.
All in all it was a good team performance with plenty of great passing and hard work; the youngsters were a credit to the club and proved themselves to be dedicated to the cause and growing in confidence and skill and the oldsters were obviously very good (in parts) and full of good intentions. Oh, and scrap what was said about warm up chat before – it obviously worked and has its merits!
Thanks to Liz Spencer and Jo Newman for umpiring and also to Lucy Scott – our first aider and top notch photographer.