Alderley Edge 1XI 4-3 Fylde 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
Fylde Ladies 1s were narrowly defeated 4-3 away at Alderley Edge in an end to end game.
Fylde got off to a great start with Sophia Crawshay scoring in the 3rd minute after weaving through several players and finishing neatly on her reverse. Alderley Edge then scored 2 short corner goals before Fylde managed to score off their own short corner break down, with Lucy Whalley slotting away the rebound to make it 2-2. Fylde lost focus and conceded 2 more easy goals before managing to pull one back after a long pass from Louisa Rogerson found Sophia Crawshay in the D who played in Lucy Whalley to score. A disappointing result, but one that was once again filled with a lot of positives to build on for next week.
Oldham 1XI 1-2 Fylde 2XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
Fylde Ladies 2nd team travelled to Oldham with 12 players and recorded their first win by 2 goals to one.
Olivia John-Hallam scored her first goal of the season with a smart reverse hit shot in the initial 5 mins of the game. This enabled the Fylde team to settle and play some reasonable play. The rest of the half was a struggle with the defence making many mistakes and never really clearing the ball. Oldham scored with a crisp stoke that went down the centre of the goal. The coach made a number of changes to the defence and this seemed to help with Sally Livesey going into the middle. The Fylde goal came from a short corner. Lisa Swaine, on receiving the ball, moved to her right and drilled the ball into the centre of the goal. The ball came off a stick and rose above shoulder height. Sally Livesey on the post played the ball down into the goal.
The remainder of the game was played in both halves but Oldham applied pressure which Katie Barker managed to cope with effectively. Always good to get three points on the board.
Fylde 3XI 3-0 Lancaster University 1XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
Fylde Ladies' 3rd team hosted Lancaster University's 1st team on a dry but autumnal day at Mill Farm. The students made a strong start and were building confidently from midfield when Fylde forward Sophie Bridges worked hard to press and steal a ball on the half way line. Seconds later the pacey Bridges was rounding the goalkeeper and grabbing the opening goal. Fylde needed their own keeper Sarah Hart to show her class to see them reach the interval without conceding, but a stronger 2nd half was dominated by Fylde. Natasha Hartley-Smith out-muscled a defender in a battle for possession and immediately slammed the ball home to double the lead. A glorious fast break moved the ball rapidly from defence to midfield to forwards before Emma Savidge tucked the ball under the keeper for the 3rd goal. Woman of the match was Laura Alexander, but the whole team played their part in a classy performance.
Lancaster 3XI 1-1 Fylde 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 1
The Ladies 4’s travelled to Lancaster for a match against their 3rd team. Hats off to the Lancaster keeper who saved their game, beating off a flurry of Fylde shots on target, and denied the 4’s a third successive win. Fylde dominated the game, with play mostly in their attacking half, and a goal from Ashleigh Mills put them in front. Unfortunately, a Lancaster goal, contentious and disputed between umpires drew the game level at 1-1. A fantastic game to watch, which had all the spectators on their feet, blood pressure rising, waiting for a shot to hit the back of the net!
Fylde 5XI 2-0 Lancaster 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2
The Fylde 5th Team played a late home game against Lancaster 4th Team who they defeated 2-0. Fylde dominated the game with more new youngsters who blended well in a changing line-up. After firing blanks in the first half the team returned with gusto and Issy Osborne scored a fine high sweeping shot across a diving keeper. Jessica Cole grew in confidence as the game progressed and scored a great individual penalty corner which was set up by Charlotte Thompson’s accurate injection. Captain Fran Loffler-Thompson was pleased with the team’s efforts and result on her umpteenth Birthday!