Fylde 1XI 2-2 Sutton Coldfield 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
Fylde Ladies 1s welcomed 2nd placed Sutton Coldfield to Mill Farm Sports Village on Saturday 15th February for what would be the first meeting between the sides this season. Fylde went into this game as one of the league’s form teams, after a 1-0 home victory against Pendle Forest last time out. This game posed an even tougher challenge with Sutton boasting the 2nd and 3rd league top scorers - sharing 34 goals between them.
It was clear that defensive organisation was going to be the flavour of the day, and with a clear plan The Coasters took to the pitch with confidence and focus to build on recent results. The 1st quarter saw Sutton apply a lot of pressure, and most of the game played in Fylde’s own half, Ana Pueche Navarro continuing her recent form with a string of confident saves. As the game grew older, Fylde asserted more dominance, with Elizabeth Aitcheson and Sophia Crawhsay both going close to breaking the deadlock in the second quarter. 0-0 at Half Time.
The message at Half Time was continue doing what we are doing, and chances will come. That soon proved to be true, with Hattie Madden claiming her first National League goal aged 15, after a brilliant counter attack involving Elizabeth Aitcheson and Sophia Crawshay. Fylde soon doubled their lead, when a PC was dispatched by Sophia Crawshay, making it 2-0 to Fylde. However, Sutton Coldfield posed a consistent threat, and piled on the pressure in the 4th quarter. Despite some valiant defensive efforts Sutton soon won a Penalty Stroke on the 61st minute to make it 2-1. Then in the closing stages, a Penalty Corner awarded to Sutton Coldfield was struck at goal, deflected in off the Goalkeeper’s pad and awarded as a goal to make it 2-2 - this is how the game would finish with each team taking a point for their efforts.
Fylde remain in 5th position in Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North and will be away at 3rd placed Timperley next weekend. Player of the Match- Jayne Wilson & Sophia Crawshay
Next Game- Timperley (A) 16:00 22/02/2020
The team were understandably deflated to not come away with 3 points from this fixture, but that indicates how far they have come as a group and the standards they are setting themselves. It was great to see Hattie score her first National League goal, and some notable defensive efforts to take a well deserved point from the game
Tom Little Coach
Clitheroe and Blackburn 1XI 1-1 Fylde 2XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
Clitheroe & Blackburn against Fylde 2nd team was a draw 1-1 each with Dawn Child scoring for Fylde through a nicely worked short corner in the first half. The second half influenced by the wind and the 12 players of Fylde tiring saw more pressure from Clitheroe and a deserved goal in open play.
The result may be enough to see Fylde playing in this division next season with only five games to go.
Over the season we have seen the team play with only 12 players against 14 and this has cost us points which we could have done with.
Fylde 3XI 4-4 Preston 1XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
Fylde 3s twice led against Preston 1st team with a hat trick from Hannah Callagher and a goal from Megan Coar. Lax defending conceded 4 goals and allowed the points to be shared.
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League - Division 1
Longridge 3XI 1-4 Fylde 5XI Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2
A sixth consecutive win for the Fylde 5th Team consolidated their third position and the glory of a trophy in their inaugural season!
A re-arranged game on a wet and windy hilltop in Longridge gave them a 4-1 victory over a team who they will be playing in back-to-back fixtures. A short break and then Longridge 3rd team visit Mill Farm in a fortnight. This week Fylde ladies fielded a good blend of youth and experience. Two more goals from Katherine Wholley, who is proving to be a very versatile player, and one each from Katie Thompson and Beth Ridsdale sealed a deserved win. Beth Ridsdale was also voted Player of the Match as she played in several different positions throughout the game. On Sunday she also appears as a goalkeeper for our U16 squad who are playing Alderley Edge at Mill Farm in the EH Tier 1 Club Competition.