Reading 3 – Clifton 1By Reading Hockey Club • Mar 16th, 2014 • Category: Home Page, L1, Match Reports
8th March 2014
This weekend saw the top four teams in action against each other, Reading were taking on Clifton who had been dubbed the ‘Silent Assassins’ after their recent good form. The spoils had been shared during the previous encounter between the two sides, but this time the Ding were on home soil and were looking to take away all three points.
In the early stages of the half both Danson and Chamberlain went close but their shots narrowly missed the goal and went fizzing past the far post. Despite Reading’s early dominance and pressure they found themselves behind after an attacking corner broke down. The visitors capitalised on this opportunity and were quickly down in Reading’s circle, were Addison was on hand to slot home the bouncing cross. The home side were awarded a barrage of penalty corners and the Ding finally converted a routine in the last few minutes of the half through Gilbert who tapped in the rebound, after a powerful strike from Wilkinson. At half time the teams went in level, and Reading knew they needed to start converting their opportunities to ensure victory.
In the second half Reading found their stride and were extremely slick in possession and looking potent in attack. Reading’s defence was solid and the team were nullifying Clifton’s counter attack, which had posed some problems in the first half.
After a good passage of composed play, Danson was found by a pin-point accurate pass from Kate Richardson-Walsh. Danson attacked the head of the circle and found the goal with her trademark reverse stick, and gave the home side a 2-1 lead. Clifton came close shortly after when a ball went flying across the front of Ellis’s goal and a few inches in front of the stick of the oppositions diving attacker.
Reading went on to secure the win after Thomas coolly converted from the penalty spot, which was awarded when Danson was fouled and deemed to have been prevented a goal scoring opportunity. Reading controlled the final stage of the game and went home victorious. The win meant that the Ding were one point adrift from league leaders Canterbury and keeping the pressure on for the final few games.