Fylde 1XI 2-2 Doncaster 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
On Saturday 23rd November Fylde Ladies 1s hosted Doncaster Ladies 1s in the Investec Women’s Conference North.
After having travelled for the away fixture only 4 weeks ago, both teams went into this game with a clear idea on how each other play and feeling confident they could take something from the game.
Much like the away fixture, Fylde went into an early lead when Captain Sophia Crawshay entered the right hand side of the circle and slotted coolly into the bottom left corner.
Fylde seemingly learned from their away leg, where many chances went unfinished, when a counter attack led to Kirsten Abbott receiving the ball at the top of the circle, moving away from the remaining Doncaster defender and hitting a backhand sweetly into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
End of the first quarter and 2 goals down, Doncaster put up a fight and brought it back to 2-1 at the half time interval.
Many chances ensued for both teams, with many short corners being defended well by both sides, including a notable save by Fylde GK Ana Pueche Navarro to tip a drag flick, destined for the top corner, round the post.
Doncaster eventually capitalised on one of their chances at the start of the 4th quarter, winning the ball from a Fylde pushback and converting the chance.
Despite waves of possession and pressure on the Doncaster circle, the winning goal remained out of reach and the game finished 2-2.
Player of the Match: Bo Madden
In recent weeks we have put together some promising performances which are starting to yield some points for us at this important stage before the Christmas break. We had a game plan that the girls implemented superbly and managed to capitalise on our early chances with some excellent finishing. There is a positive vibe around the squad at the moment and this is being demonstrated with the type of hockey we are playing. Our full focus is now on the Beeston game where we will look to continue our positive momentum.
Didsbury 2XI 1-1 Fylde 2XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
Carlisle 1XI 2-2 Fylde 3XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
The Fylde Ladies’ 3rd team visited high flying Carlisle 1st team and fielded a youthful 11 (5 under 16s and no subs !). Carlisle were overwhelming favourites and Fylde had done well to restrict the score to 2-0 at half time.The traveling support then saw the Fylde girls back in the game when Laura Girvan slotted home after Emma Savidge had ripped open the home defence. Hart’s goalkeeping and inspired defending from Louise Eastham and Pippa Rogerson held the Cumbrians while Gemma Eastham and Natasha Hartley-Smith found solutions in midfield. With only minutes remaining it was Gemma Eastham who broke through and her cross found Girvan again to grab the equaliser, putting the gloss on a magnificent Fylde performance.
Lancaster Nomads 2XI 3-1 Fylde 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 1
Ladies 4’s travelled to Lancaster to play Nomads 2nd team, after a week of disastrous availability, the 4’s managed to field a team. With lots of talented juniors playing for them, the ladies played excellent hockey. The 2nd half saw confident performances from the whole team but especially the newcomers to the team who grew in confidence throughout the whole match. An unfortunate loss of 3-1 with a goal from Olivia Merrick. Outstanding performance from Izzy Slater; saving innumerable shots on goal. Debuts for Charlotte Thomson, Beth Risdale, Arianna Milligan and Katie Thompson. Well played ladies!
Fylde 5XI 8-0 Leyland and Chorley 3XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2
Fylde did well to field five ladies’ teams again on Saturday with many players being unavailable due to other commitments. The Fylde 5th Team had the best result of the day, an 8-0 defeat of Leyland & Chorley 3rd Team who are bottom of the table. Two more new club players made their first match appearances with Sophie Greener scoring a hat-trick on her debut! Two goals for Phoebe Caunce and one for Charlotte Fuller meant that all the forwards shared the spoils. Goalkeeper Anya Jackson enjoyed an outfield role for the second half as the team re-structured their defence to accommodate her request. Player of the Match went to Lucy Bridges who scored two goals in a superb debut performance! This team has talent and the future is bright for Fylde!