Brooklands-Poynton 1 0-1 Fylde 1
The first game of the Conference North season was a tough encounter against a very physical and experienced Brooklands Poynton team with a new coaching team and relegation from National North 1. A good warm up and clear initial roles but also some unknowns.
The first quarter showed we could keep good possession and individuals all over the pitch felt confident on the ball. Some great interchanges down the right led to Dawn Child breaking forward in the right channel to pull back to Flor Zappulla who was fouled leading to a Penalty Stroke which she duly put away. The first two quarters saw the defence and midfield keep good possession especially Lisa Perry and Grace McGarvey in the middle. At half time the emphasis was on keeping it simple and maintaining our composure knowing they would press and create chances, but the work rate off the ball and the possession was fantastic. So much work from Frankie Sinclair-Bruce, Pru Lindsey, Dawn Child, Emma Savidge and Jessica Wharton helped to protect the super Vicky Rukin and Jessica Addy.
It was hard to give a Player of the Match as everyone from 1-14 put a huge shift in but Grace McGarvey on her Fylde debut was fantastic.
Alderley Edge 2 0-1 Fylde 2
First match of the season for the second team, with new developed players who have stepped up to play against Alderley Edge. Within the first quarter, the ball was transferred from the back and passed up the line to Chelsea Atkinson who crossed the ball to Frankie Margerison who deflected it and scored. The team continued with a high press throughout the first half with EJ Dunkerley leading from the back. The defence set up many attacks using many short,fast connecting passes through the midfield and then to the forwards.
At half time, the team were happy with their performance and came back with faster pressing and with more positive communication. We also linked the passes very well resulting in the team winning multiple short corners, however each team defended very well and no more goals were conceded throughout the game resulting in Fylde winning 1-0.
Well done to Olivia Merrick who was voted Player of the Match.
Clitheroe Blackburn Northern 1 6-2 Fylde 3
This was the first match of the league for Fylde 3s this weekend with their new captain Beth Wolstenholme. Firstly we want to warmly welcome to the Club Gemma Mcconville and Freya Davis-Nunick (GK).
It was a tough first game of the season with a straight 11 players against a strong and experienced team. Unfortunately by half time Fylde were 4-0 down. We had a good half time team talk with coaches Jay Currey and Fran Loffler-Thompson, going out to play the second half with high spirt and renewed energy.
The second half saw the team work well together to get the ball up the pitch using the side lines. With a change to the game plan utilising the width we had opportunities in our attacking D, which we couldn’t convert. The opportunity of a short corner arose and Charlotte Lavin converted the first goal for Fylde 3s. Shortly after another goal came from a lovely pass from Fiona Quarmby to Aimee Perruzza who found the back of the net. The keeper Freya Davis-Nunick was lovely and vocal ensuring the team kept its shape. Freya made some excellent saves through out the game ensuring Clitheroe and Blackburn didn’t score from any short corners. It was much closer in the second half with Fylde tightening up defensively making the second half score 2-2. The score line doesn’t reflect as to how much effort the girls put in!
Well done to Abbie Southern who was voted as Player of the Match.
Clitheroe Blackburn Northern 3 0-7 Fylde 4
Clitheroe & Blackburn 3rd Team hosted Fylde 4th Team at Westholme School and were defeated convincingly by 11 players!
The youngsters and adults blended very well against CBHC’s lowest team. A brace of goals each for Rosie Leil, Jess Jennings and Kelly Wiseman and a goal from Liddy Eccles sealed a well deserved victory. Half time:4-0, Full time: 7-0.
Following a disappointing relegation last season the new look team go straight to the top of the table!
Player of the Match - everyone deserves a pat on the back including coach Jay Currey and Team Manager Zoe Kirkham.
Fylde 5 0-7 Southport 2
North West Women's Division 4 North (Central)
Fylde Ladies 5th team started the season for the club with a morning push back against Southport 2s. With a flat 11 the team put up a really good performance against a strong Southport side.
The half time score was 5-0 to Southport but Fylde didn’t drop their motivation and determination in the second half. The forwards had many more opportunities to score and conceded only 2 more goals.
Final score Fylde 0-7 Southport.
Win as a team and lose as a team.
Fylde 6 Development 1-4 Chorley Phoenix 2
North West Women's Division 5 North (Central)
Fylde Ladies 6 development team faced off against experienced opposition, Chorley Phoenix for their first game of the season.
Whilst Chorley Phoenix may have had experience on their side, Fylde had youth, skill and buckets of energy! A straight 11 made for a game that required 70 minutes of energy from everyone.
The first half saw Fylde concede 4 well placed goals despite the best efforts of Philippa Hancock who saved plenty more. The debuts of Hermione Edwards and Emily Finney made a strong impact in the mid field. Despite the Chorley’s strength, Fylde young side were undeterred.
A positive half time talk saw the enthusiasm and effort levels maintained in the second half. Fylde’s attacks continued and Tilly Tomlinson was rewarded with a goal nutmegging the keeper in a one on one confrontation. A very promising start for our development side, impressing our many spectators at home!
Fylde Men 9-1 Clitheroe Blackburn Northern Development
North West Men's Division 4 North
After a turbulent off-season for Fylde Men and dropping down to a single team, the remaining men & boys find themselves in the enlarged Division 4N playing mostly against development teams.
The first game at home was a bit of a mismatch, with Fylde's experienced (and much older) team playing a very young team with only a couple of senior players. Fylde were ahead by at least 4 goals by the end of the first quarter. The team talk stressed the need to play possession and attack down the wings, rather than dribble and beat players one-on-one and not focus on the scoreline. This perhaps made Fylde complacent, and they allowed Blackburn to have more possession and attacks, although nothing too threatening.
Fylde improved their play during the second half, although Blackburn also introduced more of their senior players, so the gameplay was more even. Blackburn even won a couple of penalty corners, and scored at the inside post from one of them. However Fylde scored several more goals themselves and ended up 9-1 winners.
With an unusually large and strong squad of 15, and new team manager Chris Hills fresh back from holiday (perhaps not feeling overly fresh), substitutions were made regularly. This enabled Glenn Ridsdale to make his senior league debut, after being part of the Back to Hockey initiative and progressing to the Mixed Masters NW500 friendly games earlier in the summer.
Goals from Phil Hope x2, Luke Hitchen x2, Oli Adewale x2, James Dobson, Nigel Sadler, Phil Weir
Man of the Match, with several nominated players, was awarded to Oli Adewale for his goals and tackling across the pitch.
Chester Girls U16 3-1 Fylde Girls U16
EH Girls U16 Tier 1 Supra League Zone F
It was the first game of the season for the U16’s who have impressed as individuals in pre season. The first five minutes was a little frantic but Philippa Hancock was outstanding making a couple of triple saves keeping Chester at bay.
The girls grew into the game moving the ball from the solid back four through midfield using the right on a regular basis with Natalie Smith and Kartika Saravanan creating chances. It was only a matter of time before the girls went ahead through a very accomplished finish from Kartika. Poppy Milligan would have scored a 1v1 but the keeper made a couple of great saves.
In the 2nd half the game could have gone either way with Fylde have 5/6 superb chances but it wouldn’t go it. An umpiring decision which lacked clarity about where it should be taken saw the opportunistic CM for Chester score on her reverse although it could easily have been topped. Conceding a third after the full time whistle at a PC was an injustice for Fylde and Philippa Hancock and the team who played really well. A super group of girls who have real talent.