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Match Reports 18 Mar 2023

Fylde 1 2-2 Timperley 1

Fylde Ladies 1s played Timperley on Saturday at home, it was a great game in which Fylde played some impressive hockey, with some quality team play creating multiple attacking opportunities throughout the game. However we couldn’t seem to find the back of the net!

Fylde went 1-0 up in the third quarter with a goal from Pru Lindsey, but Timperley responded immediately scoring from a penalty corner. Fylde continued to pile the pressure on, completely dominating the game and it wasn't long until Hannah Cook scored an excellent deflection to make it 2-1 going into the final quarter.

Timperley scored another corner from a rare counter attack and the game ended 2-2, we were disappointed we didn’t manage to get the win as we all felt we played the better hockey with several goal scoring opportunities missed it didn’t go our way.

Player of the Match: Pru Lindsey

Brooklands-Poynton 2 1-2 Fylde 2

Off we went to the Away team’s base this week, Fylde wanted 3 points and off they went to seek, A spring day at Sale away, Fylde were pumped and ready to play. Passing, linking and a high press, Caused B-P quite a lot of stress, We squeezed, we zoned and we were playing as one, To try and get the goals and the job done. Determined Sally passed wide from the middle zone, B-P were trying but got distracted to moan, We pressured high from Olivia, Chelsea, Emma and Katie, We knew a goal would put us in safety. Some passes were made from the back to up in the D, The midfielders passed and moved to get to see, The ball was passed and struck by Emma, Oh how B-P were now in a dilemma! Communication from KB and EJ allowed us to clear, We wanted another to not have to live in fear, Players moved a stray and wandered wide, B-P scored and we had to ride the wave of a stormy tide. A high press caused them to make the error, We hassled, jabbed and caused them terror, 2 shorts were won in the final minute of the game, We had to remain calm, focussed and sane. The first was sent well and hit a foot, A short again - oh the crowd were waiting in suspense near the hut, The ball was injected and prayers were said too, A powerful pass from EJ to Sally through, She watched, she waited and hit it strong, The crowd were eager and bounced when the backboard went ‘dong’!

Fylde 3 4-7 Penrith 1

The experience of Penrith overcame the youth of Fylde in a game featuring 11 goals.

Fylde fatally started slowly and were 3 goals down after only 20 minutes. There then followed a cameo performance from Anna Vavoso who twice burst into the circle and powered her hit against the backboard.

3-2 at halftime, but Penrith’s direct approach continued to pay off and they scored the next goal. Jade Motley’s quality strike at a Fylde PC put Fylde back in touch, but Penrith stretched clear again. The single Fylde reply came when Laura Arts slipped the ball forwards for Kirtika Saravanan to neatly beat an advancing goalkeeper.

Fylde 4 0-4 Brookfield 1

Fylde Ladies 4's lost at home to a stronger more experienced team, Brookfield 1's, who are deservedly 2nd in the division.

Windermere 1 0-0 Fylde 5

Fylde 5 were so excited about a road trip to Windermere this weekend that they had selected and planned the car share, travel snacks and play lists by Monday evening. After the success of last weeks pre game motivational videos Debbie McClelland (aka Coach Brooks - Miracle) upped her game this week and the team arrived pumped for a win.

Fylde started strong and showed good promise but struggled to cover the pitch, pushing the defence high and leaving Windermere opportunities to break. Fortunately the play was predictable and Debbie McClelland, Tiana Mosley and Dawn Peruzza were able to hold them at bay, and with Dani Howarth in goal the nets were in very safe hands.

Play was distributed well to the midfield Summer Holroyd making some exceptional clean tackles to change direction of play and push it up to Liz Johnson and Jessica Jennings. Louise Eastham started right half and worked with Lauren Perkins to make some solid progress on the right but had a solid Windermere counter attack to deal with. That said, with the unstoppable and persistent hard work of Liz Johnson, the ball made its way into Windermere's D and the team held their breathe as Soraya (Granny) Rigby took a shot on goal which was deflected off the post. It was a relief to hear the half time whistle.

Team talk was positive, Soraya had a banana and a flapjack to refuel her engine, Summer had cooled off and we were ready for the second half.

It was same again but better from Windermere, Fylde corrected their position issues, the midfield was solid, and it was game on. The game moved from end to end, Kayt Raynor and Jessica created some strong attacks from the left and Melisa Johnson Parker started to pick up more and more balls on the right getting strong crosses in place.

Fylde were committed and determined and Jessica found some Windermere feet to gain a short corner. Windermere intercepted play and drove the ball out of the D and almost to the half way line, with a mask on. Cries of dispute from Fylde fell on deaf ears and play continued. Windermere used the advantage of this infringement to make an attack on the D and won a short corner. Debbie took the break in play as an opportunity to further dispute the mask wearing and received a green card as her clarification, so Fylde went down to 10 players with just 2 minutes to go.

With just a minute of play left Fylde went on the attack again winning another short. It was like last week all over again. Debbie sat in the naughty chair and didn’t dare look. Fylde did everything they could to get the ball over the line but it just didn’t happen and the final whistle blew.

It felt like a win, Fylde had a point in the bag and the score was a perfect reflection of what had been a well matched game. As always Fylde 5 win as a team, lose as a team and yes today we drew as a team. They didn’t need fire in their bellies because today they were giants. Final score Windermere 0- 0 Fylde 5Xl

Brookfield Development 4-1 Fylde 6

Final game of the season for the Ladies 6th team against Brookfield development squad. We knew this would be a tough game as Brookfield have plenty of experienced players. We were delighted to help Grace Lord put on a goalie kit for the first time as she offered to give it a go to round off the season. Due to a spate of colds and coughs in the previous week, a few of Fylde’s players were feeling less than lively as we stepped onto the pitch at Walton-Le-Dale. Once again, we had spirited attacks from Rosie Leil and Tilly Tomlinson, driving us up to the circle and trying to find some chances. Brookfield showed their experience and were able to break down play and bring the attack down the middle. This resulted in a goal for Brookfield and we reset at the middle. Whilst Fylde struggled to gel this week, we continued with several attacks and the possession was fairly even between the teams. Good skills in the circle awarded a penalty corner to Fylde. Nikki Richmond hit a strong ball straight onto the backboard and we drew level again. This gave us a boost and we hoped the success would continue. Despite the efforts of Ellie Hope and Issy Guy in the mids, Brookfield broke through once more to score their second before half time. We regrouped for the Brookfield pushback having moved a few people round. In hindsight, this tactic didn’t pay off and once again Fylde struggled to consistently find their form. Although many more short corners were won, we failed to monopolise on the success of the first. Brookfield scored from an excellent short corner route one, against which Grace Lord stood very little chance. Grace made fantastic saves and certainly kept the score-line down. Olivia and Megan Hartley-Smith impressed on first senior game, both working with Heather Appleyard to show strength in defence. Tilly Tomlinson was a dynamo this week and showed her versatility playing all sorts of positions! Hollie Twose, Sara Jane Tomlinson and Leah Richmond all fought to keep the ball moving up the pitch and into the circle but Fylde couldn’t get another goal. Brookfield scored a final goal from a slick routine around the keeper. A loss for our final game does not reflect the achievements of the 6th team this season. A finish near the top of the table and plenty of inspiring performances by some of our

younger club members is exactly what we are about.

Fylde 1 0-5 Kendal 1

Fylde Men’s 1’s expected a tough game against 2nd placed Kendal, having lost 5-1 away earlier in the season.

The game started openly with attacks at both ends, and either side could have scored with half-chances. Midway through the first half Kendal opened the scoring with a well worked short corner with a deliberately deflected ball at the near post giving the keeper and post-man no hope in saving.

Fylde were disappointed to conceded another goal and went into the half-time break 2-0 down, despite having several short corners of their own. With reminders of the 3-2 comeback against Wigton, Fylde came back out with a revised formation and fresh hope. However this was quickly dashed after two more goals were conceded, both due to mistakes which Kendal took full advantage of.

Heads dipped a little, tempers flared, but the home team did rally and had some useful attacks of their own with forays into the opposition D, but the Kendal defence was too strong. Kendal scored another goal from a short corner and the game ended in a 5-0 defeat for Fylde, who must now go to Kirkby Lonsdale next week for the final game of the season and win to ensure that they avoid relegation.

Man of the Match - Harry Marsh

Busy Fool - Norris - for looking green and his 100% pass accuracy to their striker

Garstang Development P-P Fylde 2

For the second successive week, Fylde Men's 2's had their scheduled game cancelled, this time it was because Garstang couldn't field enough even for their development team. This also happened ahead of the first fixture between these two teams, so it's a shame that the two local sides won't actually get to play each other this season, but undoubtedly there'll be more opportunities next season.


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