1st team travelled to Belper hoping to maintain the 100% win record and keep the pressure on the top of the league. Another strong start with Staveley on the attack winning a short corner within a minute; and the first 10 minutes all in the opposition half probing for the opening goal.
Most impressive for Belper was their goal keeper who made 4 great diving saves before the breakthrough came with the 1st. from Andrea assisted by Ruth after constant pressure.
Rare break from Belper saw Heather stood strong in defence & Hoppy cleared comfortably. Belper’s keeper made 5-6 more super saves with Ella hitting the bar, Ruth & Linz all going close. 20 mins gone and unbelievably still only 1-0.
3rd penalty corner of the game to Staveley; another diving save from the keeper then cleared off the line followed by another penalty corner cleared more comfortably. Pressure finally told however with Sarah calmly slotting the 2nd with an assist from Linz. Quickly followed by a 3rd from Ruth again assisted by Linz. Another diving save from Belpers player of match and at HT 3-0 Staveley with only Belpers keeper making it respectable.
2nd half Staveley continued in same vein, Ruth scoring the 4th goal with another assist from Linz (from a penalty corner). Belper finally mounted 2 counter attacks with Izzy, Heather & Holly finally called into meaningful action. But Staveley continued to show more threat and goal 5 came from Linz with an assist from Loz. Quickly followed by Goal 6 from Andrea assisted by Loz neatly worked around the keeper!
Linz continued to be wasteful in attack (twice) and then did a swear.. potty mouth 🙄
Goal 7 came from Andrea assisted by Linz now she’d stopped swearing at herself; followed by goal 8, a second for Sarah assisted by Andrea. Last but no means least goal 9 from Loz with a reverse stick to the top corner, goal of the game assisted by Kelly and a great way to round off another dominant performance.
FT 9-0 to Staveley, tougher tests to come this season but great to watch free flowing hockey and confidence blossoms week on week; well done girls 👍🏼🏑🥅
Goal scorers: Andrea (3), Ruth (2), Sarah (2), Linz (1), Loz (1)
Write up by Darren Kenney cheers Dazza!