Wakefield 0-2 Fylde 1XI
Investec Women's England Hockey League North Conference
On Saturday 7th December Fylde Ladies 1s made the trip across the Pennines to play Wakefield Ladies 1s in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North. Motivated by a recent upturn in form, Fylde went into this game with optimism and a belief that they could get their first victory of the season after gaining a point last time out versus Doncaster. The game started quite a nervy affair, with neither team really getting a stronghold in the first quarter and some good chances going begging at either end. Wakefield’s goalkeeper staked an early claim for player of the match when Fylde tested her on two separate occasions but the defence remained watertight and by the end of the first half the score remained 0-0. It was during the third quarter where Fylde took a deserved lead after converting their 5th short corner of the game with a clinical first time finish dispatched by Lisa Swaine. Possession remained to be dominated by the team in white, and as the game grew older Wakefield’s frustrations tarted to show. Fylde finally made their possession count, when a passage of play down the right hand side was transferred to Lucy Eagling on the left side of the circle who slotted the ball beneath the keeper into the bottom right hand corner. A valiant defensive effort saw Fylde keep a clean sheet, seeing out a penalty corner at the very end to come away with their first victory of the season. Coaches Word: The performance the girls delivered today was exactly what we knew they were capable of. They applied everything we’ve worked on as a group and fought until the very end. We still have a lot more work to do as we aim to build on the positives of this performance and look to put some more points on the board before the Christmas break. (Tom Little) Next Fixture: Beeston 2s (H) 12:30 Mill Farm Sunday 15th December
Fylde 2XI 0-1 Oldham 1XI
North Hockey League West Division 2
Fylde Ladies 2nd Team started the game with 10 players and finished with 11. They played an adult team from Oldham. who are stronger physically and more game wise compared to our young talented players who are doing a great job at learning the game.
Great credit goes to Sally Livesey , Cathy Fewson Reeve, Becky Ingham and Katie Barker who look after the players and encouraged them to do well. This week they were joined by Jenny Maling who worked tirelessly throughout the game. The team lost to Oldham by one goal to nil.
Lancaster Uni 1XI 2-1 Fylde 3XI
North Hockey League West Division 3 North
Lancaster University's 1st team were looking for revenge against Fylde 3s in their home fixture. The Fylde squad were battling not only their opponents, but also a Flu virus which would have prevented lesser mortals from even taking to the field. The match was tight with Lancaster up at half time and Fylde levelling early in the 2nd period through Laura Alexander. Lancaster grabbed the lead once more, but Fylde had plenty of chances to equalise with Poppy Kearsley prominent in midfield and Megan Coar battling her illness to lead the attack. In the end the equaliser did not materialise and Fylde will have to look to improve their Penalty Corner routine to avoid more frustrating results like this one. A special mention goes to Pippa Rogerson who continues to improve and gave a calm and powerful performance in the Fylde defence.
Garstang 4-0 Fylde 4XI
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League - Caley Trophy
On Saturday 7th December 2019 the Ladies 4th team faced Garstang’s 2nd team in the Caley Trophy competition. It was always going to be an uphill battle as Garstang play in the league above. In the fist half both teams started well, but as the game went on Garstang stared to find spaces and had more of the possession. Fylde kept their ground for a long time but eventually Garstang did break through a few times and at half time the score was 4 nil to them. A couple of the goals coming from penalty corners.
At half time Fran asked the team to focus on their passing and keeping possession.
The team came out determined in the second half and played much better. Fylde defended well and started to pass the ball, and all players lifted their game. Rachel, Beth and Ashleigh guided the younger players and the half remained goalless.
Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League Division 2