Sandy rolls back the years
as she volunteers to play in goal having last played there when she was an 11 year old school girl...
Those of you that know Sandy will know that she is a little over 11 now, but what she might have lost in agility and flexibility, she more than makes up for in grit and determination! After a lesson on how to put on all the kit, particularly how to hold the stick from Marlow's obliging keeper, she was raring for action. (Perhaps it was just being able to wear so many layers on a bitterly cold day that brought a smile to her face, as the rest of the team seemed a tad reluctant to leave their warm coats on the sideline). Marlow were off, their speedy and skilled left wing catching us all unaware and despite Sandy's best efforts we were soon 2-0 down. Liz and Tracy H were not happy and soon took matters into their own hands, forcing the ball up the pitch for Tracy to score the first of her 2 goals. Reading were beginning to get into their stride, with our defence holding firm and Sandy making some excellent goal line clearances. There was nothing anyone could do to stop their 3rd goal though, which was a well worked breakaway move.
Time to regroup and reinforce tactical changes made during the first half. Kirsty was given the job of marking their left wing out of the game, a task she stuck to admirably so much so that I can't remember the Marlow player touching the ball in the second half. Our defence did a much better job of man marking when Marlow were in our 23, and our forward unit started to work together for Katherine to score our second goal. Liv did particularly well getting herself into the right positions and holding up the ball til the rest of the attack caught up with her. With all of our players contributing well, Janice, our last minute call up to cover illness, literally threw herself around the pitch, ending the first half with bloodied knees and an attractively scrapped nose - hope it is ok today. Despite Tracy H scoring towards the end of the match with Reading finishing the stronger team, the damage had already been done and the match ended in a deserved 5-3 win for Marlow 5's.