9th November 2013
After the half term break all were raring to play hockey again and build on the great success achieved at Hammersmith and Westminster.
The Reading 1As welcomed Maz back to defence and the first thing to note is that she managed to last the whole game without getting injured – a seasons first!
Reading found themselves against a well organised and much improved Havant side who defended well, but had little threat going forward.
Reading dominated the possession and on 6 minutes Poppy found Chloe on the right, she fizzed a cross in front of goal but despite great efforts the forwards couldn’t get on the end of it.
On 11 minutes Reading won their first short corner thanks to the efforts of Georgie, but left empty handed. Moments later Liana broke down the right hand side and passed to Chloe who crossed with power. Harriette got to the ball and deflected just wide.
Reading’s press was paying dividends and when they won the ball high up the pitch, Chloe and Keelie set up a great opportunity for Liana, whose shot went very close.
On 21 mins Charlotte drove into the box and found Keelie, but the goalie matched her effort with a good save.
A minute later Immie picked the ball up mid half and passed to Harriette who played onto feet for a short corner. This time Fran got a clean strike away, which was well saved.
You will notice very little mention of the defence during this match, which was a measure of Reading’s superior possession. That the score stayed 0-0 until half time was the only surprise.
Reading started the second half as they left the first, well on top. On 6 mins the 1As won their first short corner of the second half, but again there was no final result.
It is almost as though this reporter no longer needs to watch the games any more in order to create these match reports, such is the feeling of déjà vu as each match unfolds.
Reading were the better team, but somehow drew a match they had dominated.
Reading started brightly and were ahead inside 4 minutes through a Sarah Jones strike following some good pressure. However, in two mad minutes Teddington equalised and then took the lead.
This seemed to shock the 1As into action and they mounted a series of strong attacks with Livvie, Chloe and Sarah all featuring well.
On 15 minutes, good work form Georgie and Immie created an opportunity for Keelie to drive in the circle, but Teddington managed to clear. Five minutes later Liana and Harriette combined to force a short corner, but Reading were unable to capitalise.
In the 25th minute Sarah managed to cut loose and play Liana in for a great equaliser. Reading continued to pressurise the Teddington team and almost immediately launched an attack down the right flank to force a short corner. This time Chloe made no mistake a Reading took a deserved 3-2 lead into the interval.
The second half began with Reading showing even more intensity and a good interchange between Poppy and Immie created a short corner, but the resulting shot went just wide.
Another attack by Immie produced another short corner, but again there was no reward for this period of sustained superiority.
Gradually Teddington got themselves back into the game as the play began to flow from end to end. Reading were still an attacking force however and Keelie and Georgie both had good attacking runs thwarted.
Teddington then had a 10 minute spell where they forced 4 short corners and after 25 minutes of the second period levelled the scores at 3-3.
With 6 minutes left on the clock, Roxy was forced into a great save form another Teddington short corner.
The game finished 3-3, which left all those in the sky blue of Reading feeling disappointed.
It should be noted that the substitutions seemed to be operating much more smoothly this weekend for some reason and there was a record amount of match fees collected.
12th October 2013
For the second time in three weeks Reading 1As were left frustrated as they lost a game in which all the high quality hockey was played by the away side. To be honest, Staines approach to the game was as agricultural as their pitch, which had more in common with Brighton beach than the fast paced pitch at Sonning Lane.
Reading started brightly and good build up play by Charlotte, Poppy and Harriette enabled Livvie to dance down the goal line and win a short corner. From this, debutant Elie had a good shot well saved.
On 9 minutes a hopeful (and borderline too high) strike into the box resulted in a goalmouth scramble and eventually a goal for Staines.
Reading still played with good composure and created a number of good openings including a couple of short corners, but couldn’t convert.
However on 29 minutes Livvie made a great run down the left flank and crossed powerfully to Harriette to finish at the second attempt. The score stayed at 1-1 at half time.
Jon kept his halftime team talk short – having reminded everyone (again) that he was feeling VERY under the weather.
Reading took the lead early in the second half. Good work from Charlotte and Harriet got the ball to Chloe for a quick dribble and shot into the corner. Reading were 2-1 up and looking comfortable.
They continued to press forward with a lot of their best work being channelled through Sarah and had a short corner shot from Chloe well saved. Another Reading attack broke down and the team failed to recover their position. Staines shifted the ball forward and converted a scrappy opportunity to level the scores.
Staines then created a period of sustained pressure and had a succession of short corners which Reading defended bravely.
Eventually Reading reasserted their grip on the game and Random, Immie and Keelie combined well with Poppy who twisted (a bit) and turned (a lot and mainly in circles) until she found a foot to play the ball onto to win another short corner. However, once again the team left the D empty handed.
Immie, also feeling under the weather (but making much less fuss about it than Jon) then made a great run from midway inside her own half and beat a number of players before driving into the circle. However the final pass to Chloe was intercepted by the defender and another chance was lost.
After 29 minutes, Staines won a short corner and a well worked routine saw them take a 3-2 lead.
Reading pressed forward with real urgency with Charlotte throwing herself around like a nutcase looking for the equaliser……but it wasn’t to be.