Fylde Girls U16 7–0 Brooklands Poynton Girls U16 England Hockey Junior Under 16’s Championships
Fylde travelled away to Brooklands for the first match of the Championships and were keen to make the most of what could be their last competitive match before a month of lockdown.
From the first pushback the play concentrated firmly in the Fylde attacking half and it was not long before a slip left on a short corner resulted in Jess Cole confidently starting the scoring. Brooklands were strong in their central defence but constant moving of the ball between Fylde’s mid-field resulted in great possessional play and plenty more chances in the circle, two of which were converted by Beth Cosgrove and Laura Knowles. The score at half time 3-0. The second half saw Brooklands pushing back with a few breakaway chances but the defensive line of Natasha Hartley-Smith, Emily Marsh and Anya Jackson proved too much to overcome. More great performances mid-field and deliberate pushing for the backline on both wings made for a much clearer circle and provided Fylde many chances and what seemed to be endless short corners. The goals started to land thick and fast with the first, a classy aerial from Amy Merrick from the edge of the circle and second, a sneaky tip past the keeper for Jess Cole. Hennie Thompson set up the next goal for Jess with a great run down the right and the final score came from Pru Lindsey with a well-deserved round-the-keeper push.
Overall, this was a very promising start to the Championship with great performances from everyone and we are looking forward to the next game, whenever that may be! Final score Fylde 7 – 0 Brooklands Poynton. POM: Natasha Hartley-Smith Preston Girls U14 0–10 Fylde Girls U14 Friendly
Fylde U14s continued their series of friendly games on Sunday 1st November away at Preston Hockey club where the home team provided opposition to our girls. The girls had trained a lot over the week and were keen to implement new and enhanced skills in what was likely to be a final game before the second lockdown period starts. The first quarter was well balanced with Fylde controlling the midfield and creating opportunities out wide for Kiera Tomes to exploit the space with her pace carrying the ball. Two baseline runs and passes to the back post were converted by Lisa Perry. The second quarter was even with Fylde changing positions and formation and resulted in no further goals for either side. The third and fourth quarters saw goals a plenty for Fylde with captain Layla Wholey converting two penalty corners and completing her hat-trick with a fine strike from the top of the D. Jessie Allen, Lauren Appleyard and Sophie McGhie all added goals to the tally despite a strong performance from the Preston GK. Carly Wilde provide some intelligent defence cutting balls all game and was rewarded with two smart goals for her efforts including a dink over the top of the diving opposition GK. So Fylde left happy after a 10-0 win but slightly deflated that this might be their last game for a while. Thanks to Preston for hosting and to Kiera Tomes for her nomination as player of the game.