University of Nottingham 5-0 Fylde 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
Fylde Ladies 1s went away to league leaders University of Nottingham on Saturday in an attempt to build on their first point of the season last time out against Alderley Edge.
After losing the home leg of this fixture 3-0, Fylde knew this was going to be a challenge against a side boasting a range of international players and a 100% league record so far this season.
The game started in a cagey fashion, with few clear cut chances and both teams going in for 1/4 time with the score at 0-0.
Shortly after 1/4 time some pressure from UoN saw them win a PC which was converted to make the score 1-0. Fylde has some promising chances on the counter attack, but Nottingham’s circle entries soon resulted in a couple more successes with the teams going in for Half Time with the score at 3-0 to the home side.
Fylde regrouped at half time and once again saw out a goalless quarter to go into the 4th quarter with the score at 3-0. It was in the 4th quarter where the Ladies 1s played their most promising and dangerous hockey, with multiple circle entries and opportunities on goal. Unfortunately the valiant defensive effort applied by the ladies came unstuck towards the end with 2 more goals making the final score 5-0 to University of Nottingham.
Overall a tough day at the office against an extremely strong University side. Fylde Ladies 1s now turn their attention to a significant home game vs Doncaster on 23rd November where they will hope to build on their points tally for the season.
Huge thank you goes to the travelling support, parents and family members that came to support the girls in Nottingham.
Player of the Match- Ana Pueche Navarro.
Fylde 2XI 5-2 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 1XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
Another win well earned by an increasingly confident team saw Fylde put 5 goals away against 2 penalty corners from Clitheroe & Blackburn.
Sally Livesey, the captain, scored two, Cathy Fewson Reeve got her second of the season, Hannah Mears a well struck short corner and Freya Sharman another short corner.
It was really pleasing to see the younger players making a real difference and in particular Katie Smith. The transfer across the pitch and choosing of simple passes by all was a strong feature.
They are understanding that running with the ball and losing it helps no one and only results in more pressure on the team. Great to see players happy with themselves and their team mates.
Fylde now have 14 points and are 6th.
Preston 1XI 1-1 Fylde 3XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
The Fylde 3rd team women locked horns with local rivals Preston’s 1st team. Fylde’s recent record of conceding early continued, but Fylde were able to raise their game and levelled through Megan Coar early in the 2nd half. Chances came and went at both ends, but both defences held and a draw was a fair result.
Lancaster & Morecambe 2XI 2-0 Fylde 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 1
Ladies 4’s played away at University of Cumbria against Lancaster and Morecambe 2’s. It was a good start for the 4’s, playing strongly, making good 1-2 passes, but there were too many missed opportunities at the goal.
Lancaster and Morecambe scored just before the end of the first half. After a rousing team talk, the 4’s went back on the pitch stronger than ever. Excellent play by all, but again, missed chances at the goal which Lancaster and Morecambe monopolised on, scoring another. An unfortunate loss of 2-0 but still 2nd in the table!
Fylde 5XI 0-1 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 3XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2
The Fylde 5th Team played at home against a strong Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 3rd Team and were unfortunate to lose a tight game 1-0.
The goal came late in the second half and Fylde were frustrated with many missed opportunities throughout the match.
Abi Johnson and Charlotte Thompson shared Player of the Match with keeper Anya Jackson making some fine saves.