Oxford 2 – Reading 2As 0By Reading Hockey Club • Dec 4th, 2013 • Category: L2A, Match Reports
Saturday Nov 30th
This week the Ladies 2a’s went to Oxford, a city associated with culture and great learning, and learn the 2a’s did (not much of it was great though)! We learnt that Darcy hadn’t brushed her hair all day, we were all late and directions are not our strong point! Some got lost including Charlotte, whose text read ‘went wrong’, what this really translated to is that Charlotte got lost leaving Reading, lost somewhere between Reading and Oxford and then again somewhere in Oxford. As Charlotte later commented ‘it’s great on the days I do silly things someone else trumps me!’, and trumped she definitely was!
Holly arrived in the changing rooms with a look of panic in her eyes. Attention instantly diverted to Holly’s eye catching footwear (see picture), Holly confessed she had just realised she hadn’t brought her astros, instead leaving them by the front door at home. As there were no shoes in Holly’s size (size 3 – remember the size) in either lost property or the shop at Oxford Brooks Sports Centre Holly left with her mum to find some shoes, calling only minutes later to ask what colours we were playing in even though she’d just been in the changing room and seen everyone’s kit (and yes she was wearing the right colours).
So anyway with players still missing the 2a’s began their warm up run moaning as always that Anna makes them run too far and just finished streching when Holly returned with a new pair of very nice purple Adidas trainers in a size 5! Yes size 5….am sure Holly will happily sell them to anyone who actually is a size 5.
Reading finally got onto the pitch and had one of their better warm ups on the pitch but unfortunately started the game somewhat uncertainly lined up in unfamiliar positions with yet another different starting XI. Despite some good tackles from the back four of Darcy, Charlotte, Christine and Anna with Georgia commanding in goal Reading were 2-0 down in the first ten minutes. Reading then started to settle and give Oxford pause for thought with Kym holding the midde, switching the ball round and linking up with the forwards of Charlotte from the 3a’s, Kryssie, Philippa, Frankie and Holly.
Reading won a number of short corners and got away a number of great strikes from Kym but the Oxford goalkeeper was equal to them pulling off a number of good saves, which she unfortunately managed to do all game.
Half time. Holly asked why we were playing with 10, to which Peter explained that there were 11 players if Holly counted the goalie! We talked about wanting the ball more and being quicker to react, which Reading instantly acted upon on in the second half. Reading had more possession and made more attacks into Oxfords D. Oxford attempted a number of breaks but were kept at bay with some good channelling, hastlling and tackling. Reading had some great runs down the wings by Phil and Holly and yet again were unlucky not to score in any of the short corners they won.
Reading defended their short corners well and Georgia pulled off a great aerial save keeping the game at 0-2. A tired and somewhat relieved Reading greeted the final whistle after a tough 11 vs 15(!) game. Personal thanks to Clare and Blanche for helping the 2a’s get a team together, thanks to Tina and Georgia for stepping up from the 3′s and to Frankie and Charlotte from the 3a’s.