Leicester 1s 4 - 1 Sutton Coldfield- goals for Flora England, Liz George (2) and Chloe Rodgers for Leicester and Sutton's captain Vicky Woolford.
Cannock 3 - 1 Leicester 2s- Goal scorer Emma Sleeman.
THREES POSITIVE DESPITE RESULT
Though it was a cold morning, we were all geared up for a good knock-about! We started with enthusiasm and began to move the ball well. However, we were soon undone by our opponents who clearly seemed to have answers to our approach play. Our defence worked really hard and put up a brave performance in the face of heavy attacking play by Loughborough. However, we kept our heads up and remained resilient but began to play more and more defensively, often compounded by sloppy passing and there was not enough link-up play. We were eventually undone by the opposition and lost by a significant margin, 6-0. We were ultimately beaten by a better side.
There are many positives we can take from the game and we will learn from our mistakes and continue to work on several aspects of our play.
Player of the Match was awarded to Roshni, although it could have been given to most of the team (despite the result)
FIFTHS FINISH ON TOP
The 5th team put in a fantastic performance against Leicester Uni 2nds team with a 5-1 win despite not having a keeper and the weather being wet, cold and windy.
The poor defenders didn't see much of the action. Jane tried to set herself a challenge of not touching the ball which she didn't quite manage.
The younger players Elena, Sophie, Tara, Alex, Anna and Catherine all played fantastic hockey with lots of strong fluid passing resulting in us dominating the match throughout. Goal of the day has to be Tara's which came off a great pass from Jen. Joy also scored a lovely goal off the penalty spot and was unlucky not to have score more. Sophie made some great weaving runs and score 2 more great goals. Elena was particularly determined and effective in mid field and deserved to be nominated man of the match. Well done girls.
TOWN TOO STRONG FOR 5THS
Yesterday’s match was still in the legs for several of the 5th team squad as they faced a lively Loughborough Town 3rds. New to the League this season the Town side contains several Loughborough Students and looked a force to be reckoned with in this game.
Our side was unable to call upon a few younsgters that attend the county Academy which was, apparently, selecting squads today.
The game started badly for us and, when the ball should have been cleared early on, it wasn’t and a scrappy opener was the result. We then settled and began to test their defence which looked a weak element of the side. We struggled to create openings without injured striker Lydia Cross despite decent possession. Sarah Levy was working tirelessly in midfield, supported by young players Alex Peet and Anna Kellie. Sophie Vincent was everywhere in defence but we were unable to prevent them creating and taking another scoring opportunity.
2-0 down at halftime we went for it in the second half with Marion Godwin looking dangerous down the right. We created chances and won several penalty corners but our execution was poor and we struggled to get shots away. As we pushed up they exploited a few gaps and added three more goals, despite several great saves from Ails. We finished really strongly, attacking effectively and, from a late penalty corner, perseverance saw Marion notch a consolation goal.
5-1 slightly flattered Town but they will win more than they lose this season.
Next Saturday we take on second placed Harborough 2nds in what looks like being another tough match.