Ladies 6th Team v Herlings W 2-0
Every year, the teams in Norfolk Division Two head out for their only grass fixture of the year. The trip to East Harling to play the Herlings is one we always approach with trepidation. This year was no different, but in contrast to last season we were blessed with a clear, mild day and the team were up for the challenge of a unfamiliar surface.
One member of the team, had never played a match on grass, and for the benefit of everyone we talked through some useful tactics for success on grass. As we arrived at the pitch the opposition were out preparing the field, raking leaves and moving the goals into position for the match. It was wet underfoot, following heavy rainfall overnight, but the pitch was in good condition and we set to warming up.
Both teams went into the match having won all five previous league games. Undefeated in 2018, there was a lot to play for. The Herlings won the toss and chose the end looking away from the low autumn sun, and we were attacking the downhill goal. The Magpies started the play confidently quickly working the ball into the D. It was clear that both teams were athletic, determined and looking for a win. Magpies took their chances early on, and secured a run of short corners, but failed to convert. The Herlings’ keeper working hard to keep the home team out of danger.
The slightly re-arranged defensive formation worked well together, Jane Collins and Marie Davy together in the middle, Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson on either side of the experienced duo. Marie could be seen covering a wide swath of the pitch, marking their high forwards and making confident tackles. The midfield worked hard to keep the ball moving, and were rewarded with another attack into the D, and this time Janna Freeman converted the attack into a goal.