Sutton Coldfield 3 – Reading 5By Reading Hockey Club • Mar 16th, 2014 • Category: L1, Match Reports
March 1st 2014
After the previous weekends indoor exploits in Lithuania, Reading were back outdoors, travelling up to the Midlands to take on Sutton Coldfield.
The Ding were looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Canterbury and therefore required all three points from the fixture.
Reading started extremely brightly, with Maguire and Wilkinson controlling proceedings well from the back line. Reading’s attackers tested the home side’s defence on numerous occasions and this relentless pressure finally took its toll as Reading were awarded a penalty stroke.
Wilkinson stepped up but was denied by the upright. Before long Reading took the lead as Danson worked her way through the Sutton defence, and her early shot went flying into the netting. This lead was doubled after another stroke was awarded to the visitors. Wilkinson made no mistake this time, and fired the ball past Sutton’s keeper.
Reading’s attack was in full flow, and a sublime pass from Brooker found Townsend at the top of the circle, who added a third with a clinical reverse stick strike. Reading went in at half time leading 3-0.
Reading were unable to maintain the momentum they had generated, and started the second half slowly. Sutton, who had been unable to carve out any clear-cut opportunities in the first half, capitalised on Reading’s slow start scoring a corner within the first five minutes. Conceding a goal seemed to give Reading a new lease of life, and the visitors were back on the offensive.
Brooker powerfully finished off a good passage of interchange between her and Townsend, extending Readings lead to 4-1. Reading, once again were unable to push on, and Sutton took full advantage, pulling another goal back from a well-executed corner. Reading continued to press in an attempt to generate goal-scoring opportunities. It paid off as Brooker found Gilbert at the top of the circle, who fired the ball home.
Sutton finished the stronger of the two sides winning and converting a penalty corner in the final few minutes. However Reading had done enough by this stage to ensure they went home with the all-important three points.