Timperley 1-4 Fylde 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
Fylde Ladies 1s travelled to 3rd placed Timperley on Saturday evening looking to continue their recent run of 6 games unbeaten in Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North and take another step towards securing their National League status for next season. In recent weeks, The Coasters have had shaky starts to games, so the aim was to start fast and impose our influence on the game from the first whistle. This was done immediately from the start with some excellent ball carries forcing Timperley deeper and deeper in the opening stages. It wasn’t until the second quarter however, when this pressure took it’s toll. A nicely worked Penalty Corner being converted by Dawn Child high into the roof of the Timperley goal to make it 1-0. Fylde stayed on the front foot after the opening goal, with Hattie Madden scoring her second goal in as many games to put Fylde 2-0 to the good on the 24th minute. Soon after, a break through midfield was latched onto by Sophia Crawshay who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to make it 3-0. Immediately after, TImperley capitalised on an outlet from Fylde, and impressively dispatched the opportunity to make it 3-1. This was the only shot they would have all game. The game remained much in Fylde’s favour for the rest of the match, with a nice attack at the start of the second half, being rounded off when the ball dropped to Bo Madden at the top of the circle who lifted it into the goal. 4-1 to Fylde. 4-1 is how it would remain for the rest of the game, with Fylde dominating possession and playing with a real confidence that is duly deserved after recent weeks. This was a big 3 points from the Ladies 1s, who continue to stake their claim for the 5th spot in the league, with a visit from 6th placed Wakefield up next.
Player of the Match- Whole Team Next Fixture: Wakefield (H) 29/02/20 13:30
This was by far our best performance of the season. From the first minute we commanded possession, had excellent structure and were a pleasure to watch. It was pleasing to see ideas we have worked so hard to implement come off in a competitive fixture in such a fashion, with some great team goals too.
Tom Little Coach
Fylde 2XI 3-0 Didsbury Northern 2XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
On another really windy day but thankfully dry, Fylde turned out 14 players for the first time this season. With players returning from a Barbados hockey tour the team had a fresh youthful feel.
Fylde started strongly playing with the wind and within 20 minutes they had scored two goals from well worked short corners. The first to Mia Anderson a direct shot into the far right corner. The second was a training pitch practiced corner from Sally Livesey to Mia Anderson and back to Sally on the post.
As the game proceeded the pressure built on the Didsbury defence with Katie Smith taking the ball off a defender in the D and slotting home making the score 3-0 at half time. Af the break, regular substitution a novelty for this season kept the line up fresh and the team saw their their first win in 2020 and has guaranteed another season at this level next year.
There is rumour the squad for next week could be as high, so a double weekend against Lymn Ladies gives a chance to move up the table, fingers crossed.
Fylde 3XI 3-3 Carlisle 1XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
Fylde Ladies 3rds held high flying Carlisle's 1st team, sharing 6 goals in an entertaining game. Olivia John-Haslam was outstanding while Natasha Hartley-Smith had a fine game in midfield, but Hannah Callagher, Megan Coar, and Rukhsana Mahmood grabbed the goals.
Fylde 4XI 2-0 Lancaster 3XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League - Division 1
The Ladies 4’s, played at home against Lancaster 3’s in a hard game with the prevailing winds. Fylde had many shots on goal which were saved by an awesome opposition keeper. Fylde finally scored before the end of the first half from Izzy Harkins. Fylde went on to score in the second half from Debbie McCelland. Final score 2-0 to Fylde which helps in the push for promotion. Motm Lucy Bridges.
Fylde 5XI Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2