Week 22: Teamwork makes the M2 dreamwork…
WH&E M2 4 : 0 St Albans M8
The acronym TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More & indeed a worthy 4-0 win stood this afternoon for the M2s @ home.
Good supportive interplay was the order of the day as the M2s pressed & probed & frustrated the visitors psychologically & physically.
The hard work in the 1st half brought rich dividends in the 2nd half:
A penalty flick was awarded to Dominic; Stan found the backboard & Leo added 2 more to the total clinching the much-needed goal difference.
Well done everybody, and many thanks to our umpires Chris Moran and Graham Sparrey who stepped in at short notice.
WH&E L2 2 : 3 BA Hayes L2
This week brought not only slightly more sensible hockey weather but also Abbi back from injury, Mia back from the Italian Alps, Captain Pip with a raging hangover and Lisa back into defence (bye bye #journeytocentremid).
We began the game strongly, with our midfielders using their pace against an older and slightly more stationary BA Hayes.
Charlotte intercepted a Hayes 16 and with a ball into the D for Abbi to collect and calmly slot between the keeper’s legs to cement our upper hand. As only family can, she made sure Charlotte knew her goal count, whispering 12 as she jogged back to our half. Beth Deane – C’s coming for your assists trophy.
We continued with lots of fab movement of the ball kept the pressure on. Unfortunately, against the run of play, Hayes were awarded a short corner which led to a disappointing goal that somehow slow-mo’d over line.
After Daddy Deane half-time talk, much appreciated, we maintained the pressure with several free hits inside their D, culminating in a pass to Charlotte who shot the ball between the keepers legs which Abbi stole/secured depending on which one you talk to.
A little ill-discipline in the defence, mainly me forgetting I was back in defence (hello again #journeytocentremid) and christening my brand new astros with a ball to both feet and my hand (all at once) led to 2 goals for Hayes.
A frustrating end to a good game with lots of positives: Romy following in Captain Pip’s footsteps by freight-training out to clear the ball away from our 23, Abbi and Ellie working well together up the left-hand side, Kate and Mia tirelessly covering miles and hassling the opposition into making mistakes, and Charlotte (the assist Queen) selflessly sending balls into the D.
WH&E L1 0 : 4 Teddington L3
With no subs and playing against second in the league, we knew today was going to be a tough one. After a long drive to Teddington we faced our first battle of the day, finding a parking space. Those unlucky few found themselves starting their warm up early with a long walk from their cars! Once kitted in their ‘changing facilities’ we then faced the choice of a warm up on a muddy field or on the side of the pitch, the latter seeming the best option. A delayed game before ours then meant we had a brief but fast paced hockey warm up. None of this phased us, not even their 5 subs and a coach on the side line!
We took the game to them and started strong with some great attacks. We worked well as a unit across the entire pitch with the midfield being the strong glue between the defence and forward. In the beautiful and unexpected sunshine the defence relentlessly battled to keep the constantly changing Teddington forward line from finding the back board. Not long before half time and following from our attacking short corner, Teddington made a fast-paced break and opened the scoring. Shortly after, they gained their own short corner and quickly converted it to 2-0 at half time.
The second half started very much as the first half finished, with Teddington piling on the pressure. With support from the entire team, we continued the battle in defence but we’re unfortunate to concede another 2 goals. Not once did our heads drop and even though our pace slowed, we never gave up. Although the final score was a 4-0 loss, this by far does not reflect the commitment and drive that the team had today.
Special mention to Karen Smith Gray for completing a 5-hour round trip so she was childless today to then go on to receive 2 separate head injuries (unfortunately receiving DOD for one of them) and was a close second for POM.
Player of the Match was Rachelle Alexandra for being on the floor for the right reasons and making amazing tackles.
I was very proud to stand in as captain today and lead the ladies who showed so much positivity and drive. The score line does not by any means reflect our game and we were unfortunate to not score any goals of our own.
WH&E M2 1 : 2 Berkhamsted M2
No match report, yet…