Staveley welcomed an experienced Burton team to St Mary’s expecting a tough, physical encounter and with skipper Loz sidelined by the Beckham metatarsal 🤕.
Straight into it with our girls on the front foot and forcing a fistful of short corners from which no surprises with Ruth feeding Linz for the first goal of the game quickly followed by Ruth skilfully slotting in the 2nd. Only danger was to be too comfortable and so it proved with Burton finally exerting some pressure and pulling a goal back from a short corner from their first real attack after 15 mins 🙄
Burton kept on the front foot and the end to end Hockey continued for the rest of the half with Staveley less fluent than usual but still powerful in attack with Linz twice feeding Ruth to make it 4-1 at HT and a super hat trick from Ruth.
Second half and the girls turned up the heat driving forward and pinning Burton back in their own half – Hoppy a spectator, Izzy, Holly & Heather mopping up any rare breaks from Burton. Goals flowed with Linz running the show setting up Andrea for no. 5 (and a hat trick of assists for Linz) before Ruth was unlucky not to score but Grace pounced on the rebound; 6-1 and cruising 😎
Linz carried on the scoring herself with a super solo effort before teeing up Anna for another (8-1) and then smashing in Linz’s hat trick goal for 9-1
Some super silky hockey now with Ella & Graces energy & running continually opening up the game and rounded off with goal 10 again from Andrea again assisted by Linz …. super show after a cagey start but quality came through in bundles in the 2nd half; well played ladies 👏🏻🏑🥅
Goal scorers: Ruth (3), Linz (3), Andrea (2), Grace (1), Anna (1)