Fylde 1XI 0-4 Wakefield 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
On Saturday 29th February Fylde Ladies 1s welcomed Wakefield Ladies 1s to Mill Farm in the IWHL Conference North. Buoyed by a string of positive results, and a win in the away leg, Fylde approached the game with confidence that a good performance should see them add some more points to their season tally. However, Wakefield started the better of the 2 sides, dispatching an impressive counter attack from a Fylde penalty corner in the 5th minute to go 1 goal up. Fylde weren’t used to trailing in matches of late, and needed to get into a rhythm once more, which they did towards the end of the first half, generating some promising opportunities in front of goal but none coming to fruition.
After half time it was more of the same, Fylde having a lot of the ball but the Wakefield defence, and notably their Goalkeeper, standing firm and nullifying Fylde attacks. As the game grew deeper, so did the pressure on Fylde who succumbed to a second goal in the third quarter. However, the spirit of the side didn’t falter going into the 4th quarter knowing all was not lost just yet. Wave after wave of attack care from Fylde, but they just couldn’t find a way past the goalkeeper, who built a platform from which Wakefield scored their 3rd and 4th goals to kill the game off and move them within one point of The Coasters, who remain 5th in the division.
Player of the Match: Lucy Partington
Next Fixture: Cannock (H) 11:30 07/03
Today was a frustrating performance from a Fylde perspective. We dominated possession and created a number of chances but just couldn’t find a way past the defensive unit. Credit to Wakefield for really challenging us today. We will go away from this even more fired up to put things right in the closing weeks of the season.
Tom Little Coach
Fylde 2XI 1-2 Lymm 1XI (Sat)
Lymm 1XI 3-0 Fylde 2XI (Sun)
North Hockey League West Division 2
Fylde 2s played Lymn 1st Team twice on Saturday and Sunday losing in the last minute on Saturday 2-1 having led for most of the game.
On Sunday the team travelled away and lost 3-0 having dominated the game for a lot of the second half.
Lancaster & Morecambe 2-1 Fylde 3XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
After conceding two early goals, the Fylde girls settled well to the uphill task against their experienced Morecambe opponents. It was no surprise when Rhuksana Mahmood reduced the arrears from a Penalty Corner. The whole team was now playing well and it seemed that Mahmood had struck again, but after a long debate the umpire changed his mind and the fight for a point continue unfulfilled to the end.
Leyland & Chorley 2XI 2-3 Fylde 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League - Division 1
Fylde Ladies 4's beat their mid-table rivals Leyland, who have been above them in the table most of the year, by three goals to two at Buckshaw Village. Two goals from Olivia Merrick and the other from Beth Ridsdale. Fylde remain in 3rd place, level on points with Clitheroe.
Fylde 5XI 3-1 Longridge 3XI Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2
It was like groundhog day as the heavens once again opened for the final home game of the day on Saturday and the Fylde 5th Team ladies were yet again on the wrong end of a thoroughly cold soaking throughout the game! This, however, did not disrupt their determination with a 3-1 win over Longridge 3rd Team. The teams played a fortnight earlier and Fylde once again dominated the game with a youthful side. The Captain chose not to play, deciding instead to coach her young side (and to stay relatively dry) in the foul weather. Hennie Thompson made a welcome appearance and scored twice with two well placed goals in the corner of the nets. Lucy Bridges scored a close-range tap-in from a flowing right-hand side piece of play and Hennie was awarded the Player of the Match as everyone departed wet and bedraggled from the atrocious conditions! Next week we have a top-of the table away game clash with local rivals Lytham 3. We have never seen this much rain and wind during a season but at least our astroturfs allow us to play our hockey!