Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club go nap in five-star show
PUBLISHED: 12:18 18 March 2011
Lowestoft Ladies I 5, Bury St Edmunds Ladies XI 0
Lowestoft took charge of the game from the first whistle playing flowing and fluent total hockey, leaving the visitors defending deep and relying on a quick break tactic. Chloe McMorran went close early on but saw her shot bounce off the bar. With the scores still level Bury relaxed when Lowestoft were reduced to ten players and this allowed gaps to appear which Nic capitalised on when she turned her defender and lifted the ball over the keeper into the corner of the net to put Lowestoft one up at half time. The second half saw Lowestoft dominate play once again and soon went two up when Chloe rescued a poor short corner routine and unleashed a powerful shot across the keeper into the far corner. The third goal came on 54 minutes when Jess drove into the ‘D’ to set-up a shot for Chloe which the keeper saved and Charlotte H followed up to tap the ball home. A few minutes later Lowestoft sliced through the Bury defence like a hot knife through butter. Charlotte H intercepted the ball in the middle of the park and played a one-two with Jess before slipping the ball to Nic in the ‘D’ who finished with aplomb. Chloe wrapped the game up with a fine strike into the top corner to round off an excellent display of hockey. The Flying Dutchman’s PoM: Jess Holland.
UEA lll 1, Lowestoft Railway Ladies ll 1
Railway travelled to the UEA for the penultimate game of the season. After a slow start from Railway they found themselves under pressure and it was only due to UEA’s mistakes that they were kept in the game. An excellent run by Germaine Wood with a quick pass to Pallant was rewarded with a short corner. Alice Oldman injected the ball to Pallant who slipped it to Wood for her to fire a cracking shot at an empty goal. A dubious short corner won in the visitors’ half found the Railway defence struggling to clear the ball and despite Railway’s best efforts UEA levelled the score. After half time Railway continued to be the dominant side and every time UEA broke through the midfield some solid tackles found Lily Palmer confidently winning the ball and driving up the field to make some good passes out to wings. The last 15 minutes of the match saw Hannah Atkin and Helen Sterry working hard to keep the ball in the UEA half.
IES II 0, Lowestoft Railway 7
Railway travelled to Ipswich on Saturday having secured the Division Four title last weekend. Railway made a lazy start to the game and soon found themselves on the back foot. Some poor marking and wayward passing put the Railway defence under unnecessary pressure and sweeper Jamie Ayers was called into action on numerous occasions to keep the IES forwards at bay. A reshuffle of the midfield soon settled things down and with a quick break away the visitors found themselves in front when Dave Berry finished an excellent solo run from Jason Harris. The same player broke through the IES defence again moments later and when his shot struck a defender on the goal line the umpire had little choice but to award a penalty flick. Elliot Gooch stepped up to confidently convert.
Railway got a third when another quick counter attack was skilfully finished by Sam Daniels. With a comfortable three goal advantage by the interval the visitors were able to relax more in the second half and further goals from Berry, Harris and Sam Daniels (2) completed the scoring.