After starting with 9 players (after one of us had to umpire, thanks Ysobel) we came out of the trap strong!!
An early penalty corner awarded to Ilkeston saw Staveley under pressure, but with a swift save off the goal line from Kelly T we knew it wouldn’t be easy!
It wasn’t long before one of Ilkeston’s attackers saw an opportunity and made a successful run for it making it 1-0.
10 minutes into the game and defender Holly took a big hit from an attacker right on the ankle bone! She made a heroic fall! In the words of Kelly T, “The force of the ball, swept Holly off of her feet!”.
With the game paused and the time stopped our favourite Ilkeston player, offered to give Holly a fireman’s lift to the side of the pitch, where first aid was administered and the appropriate sweets prescribed (Harribo Minions!) Sadly no more hockey for Holly today!
Back on with the game and ‘feet’ had a lot to answer for in today’s game!
There were many short corners awarded to Ilkeston and it was only a matter of time when one would end badly for Staveley. An unavoidable stop from Gina with her feet on the goal line, a penalty flick was given!
Great effort from Hannah but the first half ended 2-0.
The half time talk was very positive despite being 2 nil down. There had been some great team work, good passing, and spirits were high. The remaining Haribos were passed round and we ventured back out for the second half!
The afternoon had warmed up now and we were facing the sun! This was another point to add to our disadvantages! Finally, Staveley ladies were awarded a short corner due to feet in the D! Having not taken a penalty corner for 17 years!!!!, Jo Johnson (me) stepped up to the job!
A strong pass to Sarah and it went smack into the back of the net!
Unfortunately, although their umpire had said “Go”, the Ilkeston defenders had taken a vacation to LaLa land and the keeper didn’t even have her helmet on!
After a few stern words from me to their keeper having not taken kindly to being called a “bunch of idiots”, it was Gina who diffused the situation and a retake of the short corner was taken.
The rest of the game saw Staveley fight gallantly and the 5-0 defeat was not a true reflection of how Staveley ladies had played.
Ilkeston may have won, but against 8 players isn’t really much to be proud of!!! Bring on the next game!!!
Man of the Match awarded to the entire troop for fighting valiantly to the end.