We won 6-1
I had to go back in the annals of time and dust down the match reports from 1884 to find the last time that the mighty COWHC Ladies 1s scored such a thumping victory in their first league match of the season.
It was exceptionally muggy on the pitch by the river, and OKs were using their new super-bouncy astro. This was great for us, as we train on a super-bouncy pitch and yet rarely play matches on them.
Going an early goal down is something we’re quite used to. Subsequently picking ourselves up and thumping 6 goals past the opposition is something we’re not. Some will call it a fluke, others will have seen the skill involved to slot home an equaliser with your eyes shut and facing away from goal … but they all count and, with Alex on the scoresheet, the mighty COWHC started to show what their relentless early season fitness training has done for the squad. Out of breath, puffing like steam trains and with tomato-faces all round, we managed to string together some beautiful hockey. The defence were stalwart – sometimes orthodox and sometimes quite the opposite – but highly effective nonetheless, while the midfield found a densely populated forward line a great target to aim for. The forwards soared and switched and ran rings around the OK defence … and the goals rained home. Two cracking strikes from AJ, a bamboozling run from Nicky, a classic Forsh finish and a poach from Hannah H gave us a 6 goal total and 3 glorious points in our first crusade of the 2014/15 league season.
Irritatingly, Woking put 6 straight past OCs, so we can only claim 2nd position this week in Surrey Div 2 … While there’s still a huge amount for us to work on, it’s a great start to the season. Well played everyone!
Thank to Martin for umpiring, Netty for supporting and AJ for showing us that even the player-coach is allowed to miss the odd sitter from the P-spot.
The team was Sharon, Chloe, Santy, Lena, LBell, Hannah Mc, Becky, Nicky W, Alex, Katy Dicko, AJ and Hannah H.
PoM votes were 1 each for Santy, Lena, Katy and Nicky, 3 for Hannah H and 5 for battling Becky Forsh.