After an aborted attempt to play our first game last week, we were a bit cautious on arrival at Derby’s pitch this morning. After a long break from hockey and some debutantes on the pitch no-one really knew what to expect!
Well, a strong attacking drive is what we all got. Staveley were up and at them almost immediately with strong attaching moves on both wings. Within the first two minutes, Gina had worked the ball into the right of the D, crossed to Fran who slipped the keeper for Annabel to put her first goal for Staveley away. Well done Annabel!!
A slightly shellshocked Derby tried to press back but with some great work from Gina, Jen and Sarah L. in the middle they didn’t get far before Staveley were back on the offence. After being awarded a free hit on the edge of the twenty-three yard line, Sarah C took on the Derby defence. And won! 2-0 to Staveley!!!
With the advantage of 3 subs, rotating fresh legs meant we could keep the pressure up with Annabel putting away her second and Linz coming on to score almost immediately. Derby eventually caught us on the break and pulled one back but there was little they could do to shut the Staveley attack out.
With a 4-1 scoreline at half time Staveley were flying!!!
A quick drink, confident team talk and we were off again. Derby had clearly come out much more strongly in the second half and their determination paid off when they again caught Staveley off guard. And for a moment it looked like we were at risk of letting a big lead slip away.
However we rallied; and our great passing, movement and use of the wings, plus some awesome speed and work rate in the middle by Nuala saw Staveley dominate again. Sarah C’s efforts saw her scoop a well-deserved hat-trick and Linz scored another, beating the keeper with a great shot/pass to Jen!
The final whistle blew at 7-2 to Staveley and despite the glut of goals, special mention has to go to the fabulous defence, whose efforts meant we could press incredibly high and keep those goals flying in!
Massive congrats to both Annabel and Nuala, who were both fantastic on their debut and a well done to ‘hatrick Scalders’ (Sore toe? What sore toe?!), Lindsay and Annabel for their great goals.
Played: Hannah, Izzy, Sarah L, Lauren, Holly, Jen, Gina, Catherine, Lindsay, Sarah C, Nuala, Kara, Fran, Annabel.