Wycombe 0 – Reading 2As 4

By Reading Hockey Club • Dec 8th, 2013 • Category: L2A, Match Reports

Match Report 2as vs Wycombe Ladies Saturday Dec 7th
Result: 4-0 Boom!

Reading went out with intent to win their last league game of 2013 to end the year on a high.

Reading were on the attach from the start with a central midfield of Darcy, Helen and Kym moving the ball round and running at Wycombe looking out for runs from the starting forward line of Amy, Charlotte and Holly. (Holly did turn up with astros this week as promised by her Mum, in fact they were the shoes she had to buy last week! It would appear Holly likes them and is keeping them). Any attacks from Wycombe down the wings were quickly snuffed out by the half backs Alice and Phoebe. Whilst the gruesome twosome (according to Laura) of Emma and Anna worked well together at centre back.

Wycombe had some zippy forwards that Emma dealt with well as always and Anna made some great passes from the back cutting through Wycombe’s midfield giving Darcy and Kym time and space to run at Wycombe’s defence.

Reading were somewhat wasteful up front for much of the half, there were at least three shots that should have been goals if someone had been on the post, but Reading kept going. Abigail came on and nearly scored with her first touch of the game and Helen also came on to add to the fire power up front, twisting and turning the Wycombe defenders.

At half time Laura confirmed we had been very wasteful up front asserting we should have been 6-0 up, however, after a bit of a goal mouth bundle Holly put one away, Abigail also put one away making up for the earlier miss and Helen K put one away reverse stick from the top of the D. This particular goal caused Wycombe much consternation, convinced the shot hadn’t been inside the D even though it had definitely crossed the line and after a quick discussion between the umpires the goal stood.

After each goal Reading lined up looking to go out hard and score another to ensure concentration levels remained high and also eager to keep a clean sheet. Reading quickly made it back down to Wycombe’s D where Helen K for at least 2 minutes seemed to forget about the rest of her team, in this team sport as she twisted and turned, maybe even twerked her away around 3 Wycombe players and round them again and maybe again too before finally passing the ball to one of her team mates! She was reminded this was a team sport at the short corner awarded seconds later.

Reading tried out a variety of short corner routines throughout the game but without success from any of them. Wycombe now encouraged by their club mates lining up on the sideline for the next game became more determined and mounted a number of attacks to keep Reading on their toes. Jess had one or two saves to make to ensure she got to touch the ball before Reading won back the ball to attack once more.

The last goal of the game came again from Helen K, an open stick shot from just inside the D. The final whistle followed not long after. Reading were delighted to win for the first time in a couple of games and to end the year on a high complete with a clean sheet.

Anna ensured Reading were very careful to warm down after the game to stretch out tired muscles ready for throwing shapes on the dance floor later, you wouldn’t want to get cramp on the dance floor now would you! A great night last night, thanks to Rachael, Chloe and team for organising.

Holly made us some delicious chocolate brownies for getting DOD last week, again everyone had seconds! Our team definitely likes cakes! Not too many over Christmas please!

MOM Helen C – for her tireless work in the middle
DOD Charlotte – for falling over at the edge of the pitch when she went to pick up the ball for a long corner

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