This was a game where it was very clear from the outset that a 0-0 was not on the cards. Magpies launched attack after attach only for City to counter with equal strength and skill.
After 9 minutes it was 1-1. When on the 8th minute Magpies showed how much they were up for it when defending the first penalty corner, one player was immediately despatched to the halfway line and another on a warning. This was not a game for the faint hearted. Conceding the first goal, Magpies immediately charged to the other end and levelled the score with the first of Georgie Cantrell’s hat trick.
The second goal was a sublime move involving several of the team culminating in an armour piecing one-two from the two Georgies and neat placement past the keeper.
At half time we were very clear we were in a match and this wasn’t over.
The second half continued as the first with everyone putting in a shift and a half, and, just as it could so easily have been 2-2 we gained another goal Georgie completing her hat trick to go 3-1.
End-end hockey followed with saves at both end and notably several good stops from City’s excellent keeper and on the line stops by their defenders alike. City again counter attacked and with around 15 min left gained their second.
Wave after wave followed and even more so than everyone else Molly put in an even bigger shift protecting the defence and making countless last ditch midfield tackles on both her strong and reverse side. But the almost limitless attacking out of our own 25 was starting to take its toll and with three minutes to go City pounced on some tired movement on the half way line and Grace faced four attackers bearing down on her. Despite a valiant sprint from right back across to try and stop the City right half cum forward (by then I think they were playing four up front) Victoria just failed to prevent the shot instead deflecting the ball into her own net.
No shame in that and no shame in the performance. Everyone gave it their all. We are probably the youngest team in the group with plenty to learn at this level. All of which we can and will do very quickly.
Next match is at home on Sunday 6th November against Bury.
Although this time we’ll try not to put on what is euphemistically called ‘a good one for the neutrals!’
Come and join us!
Team: Alice, Amy, Amelia, Beth, Ellen, Georgie, Georgie, Grace, Honey, Holly, Molly, Olivia, Victoria