Bury and Magpies U14 girls met in their second England Hockey Midlands League match at Weybread, both with something to prove. Bury had opened their account with an 8-0 drubbing of Dragons and Magpies had somehow snatched a draw from the jaws of victory away at City.
A Sunday morning 10.15 game can go one of two ways. Abandoning the away 4-1-4-1 and taking the advice of one or two well informed spectators our new formation passed its test within 10 minutes by which time we were 3-0 up. With the promise of free reign up front for 15 minutes Georgies G (2 goals) and C (1 goal) backed up by Tabitha’s pace on the right and threats and solidity from Beth, Molly and Bobby in midfield gave Bury no chance to breath. This was genuinely a day when it wasn’t Bury that were bad but it just came together for us all.
By half time Ellen had grabbed the first of what was to be her hat trick with an around-the-houses penalty corner, Georgie C had completed her hat trick, and all four subs – Amy, Hattie, Holly, Lily were on. And the year 8 defence of Amelia, Ellen, Honey and Victoria had done their bit by deservedly keeping a clean sheet.
The second half year 9 defence started their shift with what under the 6-0 up circumstances could be described as a comedy concession in trying to run the ball out of defence somehow resulting in a counter attacking rebound off the upright landing in front of a Bury attacker in classic tap-in position.
A gentle suggestion to focus and normal service resumed.
After giving some of the subs a run out, Ellen and Georgie C returned and completed the 10-1 performance – which under league rules is trimmed to 9-1 – final tally being Georgie G (2), Ellen (3) and Georgie C (5). Our attacks are warming up very nicely. But once again all credit to our engine room and notably Amelia, Amy, Molly and Victoria who snaffled many potential opposition attacks.
All that remained after we’d chipped the ice off Grace – who, what little she had to do did well and without fuss – was to retire for a well-deserved tea courtesy of Honey’s dad Miles.
A big thank you to all of you today, especially our terrific supporters who as always followed us with good natured enthusiasm. We will need you all in good voice in two weeks’ time in our top-of-the-table clash at Cambridge City.
Team: Alice, Amelia, Amy, Beth, Ellen, Georgie C, Georgie G, Grace, Hattie, Holly, Honey, Lily, Molly, Tabitha, Victoria