Staveley 2s vs Burton 4s, 9th April 2016

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As the season winds down, the competition amongst the top four teams hits up, meaning a good show against Burton was a must today.

Things started well as we arrived on time and to see our Firsts secure a 6-1 win against a higher division Burton team. Seems like a good sign.

We even get a good run and warm up before a few quick drills in the D. Almost unprecedented!

Straight from the whistle Staveley start well and string some great passes together. Pressing our defence up the pitch. A short corner is pushed out by Kara to Jo who laid off to Kelly who slapped it in. 1-0 up after 10 minutes!

Again we played our game and Jo pulled up for another short corner. A follow up of her own shot saw Jo scoring a brilliant goal. Just before the end of the first half we started to get a little tired against Burton’s Young and energetic team but we held our lead.

A good team talk at half time and we got back on the pitch. We started well but a quick break saw us slip up a goal. 2-1.

We needed to stay focused and keep our heads up. We kept the pressure up in the Burton half of the pitch and nearly put another one in but the post and some good skills from their keeper kept us out.

Our defence was put to the test again as Burton fought to get a goal. Brilliant goal keeping and a fantastic defence helped us hold our lead.

A short corner was awarded on the final whistle. One last chance for them to pull level. Thankfully our defence once again held out and cleared the ball. What a relief! Final score, 2-1! Well played everyone.

Very well deserved Player of the Match awarded to Holly ‘the machine’ Spavold and our scorers were Killy and JoBo.

Belper 4s vs Staveley 2s – April 2nd 2016

Holly and I arrive on time, as usual, with the rest of the team arriving in dribs and drabs at the delightful Belper Meadows hockey pitch, on a soggy spring morning. You’d think with Belper only having a team of 9 players, this would give us an advantage.

However, with at least half of the team sorely hungover from Scalder’s birthday bash the previous evening, we were certainly not the stronger team on the pitch, despite having a full team and a sub unable to play due to a bad hangover.

Play started with 2 women down, but cries from Jen could be heard so we knew she was on her way.

Surprisingly, we were awesome with good, strong passes around the pitch. With play taken from one end of the pitch to the attacking half, Rachel stormed up the pitch to score our first goal. With more great play and determination, we found ourselves with a few short corners, one with a successful pass to Jo at the top of the D, where she hit the ball so hard it nearly cracked. With a cracking goal came an air punch from Jo. BOOM 2-0. Half time was called.

Although they were 2-0 down, Belper came out with a positive attitude and a fighting spirit, which caught us on the hop a few times but our hero, Charlie Calderbank, made some fantastic saves. Unfortunately, this forced the defence to pull together, sometimes even tripping over one another and despite digging deep, Belper took advantage and slipped it into the back of the net.

Like the cavalry, Belper fought on. The goal must have provided them with some encouragement. The second half saw good play from both sides, Jo launched over poor Yso resulting in bruising all round.

The final whistle blew, 2-1 to Staveley. Had we have played the second half like the first half, the score would have very different.

The most important lesson learnt today was that the chips provided by Belper were by far the best ever and we thank you for that.

Please enjoy a lovely picture of me and Holly. (Jo)

Staveley 2s v Findern, 12 March 2016

With the sun on our backs and a spring in our step we stepped out to face Findern, formidably placed one spot above us in the League Table.

A positive start saw Staveley defending forcefully, pressing high but struggling to make the most of our extra woman on pitch. In fact, at times, it felt like that extra person was a curse with movement and passing looking a bit sluggish in the early stages.

It was a good, physical game with more than a few knocks and scrapes, with Gina getting a painful knock to her nose and an early ball to the foot saw poor Catherine limping off the pitch. Thankfully, we had subs and our fresh legs kept us on top, with Rachel finally converting with a fantastic flick into the Findern net. 1-0!!

Unfortunately we took our eye off the ball straight from the pushback with Findern running the ball down to our defensive ‘D’. With a nutmeg through Fran’s legs and a shot towards goal, poor Holly’s clearance went in the wrong direction and straight into the back of the Staveley net. 1-1!!

After a very long first half, we trudged off for our team talk. Recognising that whilst there were moments of real strength we just weren’t playing aggressively enough and needed to play our game, instead of Findern’s, we knew we had to step it up.

Fired up, we ran back on the pitch ready to score, win, run and all the other good stuff that happens in hockey matches. The difference told almost immediately with a great run down from our own half from Gina, who pulled it all the way round the back of their defence and hit the ball across the front of the goal for Sarah to smash home. 2-1.
Keeping the pressure on, Staveley pressed all the way inside Findern’s half, with some great runs from the back from Holly. On the occasions Findern broke through, Yso and Jo put in some great tackles with Hannah performing some fabulous saves when needed.

 

In no time, Rachel had secured her hat-trick with two more fantastic finishes and we had a win in our sights. Findern however weren’t giving up and popped in one more on the break.

But we were to see one more knock, with poor Nuala twisting her ankle quite badly: get better soon Nuala!!

Final score, 4-2 to Staveley, with a hat-trick from Rachel and a goal from Sarah C.

Special mention to Player of the Match, Annie, who put in a top-notch performance today, with great hassling, passing and movement on the right. Well done on 2nd spot in the table Staveley!!

Staveley 2s vs Ashbourne-13th Feb 2016

With only 9 players, we decided that the best thing for us to do would be to completely scrap formation and play anywhere and everywhere we could.

The first goal was scored by Gina, it was well within the first 10 minutes and after a cheeky weave through their defence, we were 1-0 up.

Their first goal was scored by taking advantage of our weakness, only having 9 players and 2 at the back. They had a break and it slipped down our right wing, it came to a one on one between their captain and our goalie, Han was so close but so far and they caught up with us and it was now 1-1.

Still in the first half, we were yet to score again. We were awarded a short and it was passed by Gina to the top of the D with Nuala, Lydia and Annie waiting at the top. The ball went to Lydia and with great communication skills was passed to Rachel who drove forward and stuck it into the backboard to make it 2-1.

It seemed that every time we scored, they felt like they had to too. They again took advantage of our weakness and made another break, just getting passed Sarah and who tracked up and down brilliantly. They slipped it through Yso and it was an unlucky goal making it 2-2.

After half time they came out with it all. They knew we were playing hard and we weren’t going to give up. However, they once again got past us and managed to score, but this would’ve been the last of the odds being in their favour.

After a stroll up by the opposition who were clearly pondering the half we’d played before, a annoyed Rachel caused a ruckus. She played the ball to Lydia before the whistle was blown and confronted the umpire with great confidence and she wasn’t going to be stopped. The umpire was speechless, she didn’t know what to say other than the classic “I’m the umpire you’re the player” and after that the game continued.

The ball was played back to Catherine who played a great defence role but also attacking when she went herself, and she carried it down the line to make a cheeky flick over a players stick. It travelled into the D and to Rachel who lifted it into the goal, making it 3-3.

We defended again and got it up pitch with Nuala, Rachel, Gina and Lydia all making runs up and down the pitch. It was passed up the pitch and found Gina in the D, she shot on goal and scored making it 4-3. The last goal was a well deserved one from Annie with a cheeky tap in the D, we were unstoppable, it was 5-3 and this was how it was to stay.

Man of the match was Rachel with Gina falling a vote short. Kelly, our excellent umpire for the day, made all the great decisions and didn’t crumble under any pressure like most would.

 

Belper 5s vs Staveley 2nds – 3rd October

Regardless of the fact we only had 10 men, the odds weren’t against us and we went on to pull a 2-0 over Belper 5s.

We started out a little shakey and all over the place due to eagerness and excitement but we soon gathered ourselves and made great passes out to the wings and up the pitch.

Coming close to a goal in the first 15 minutes we were now keen to put one in; and we did. A pass out to Catherine on the wing who solidly hit it to the flick spot for Fran to flick in. 1-0.

Spending most of our time up the field with our midfield and attacking lines close together we let them slip through the space and the gaps but soon recovered and went on to rally up the field. Passes out the wings and movement from the centre made us solid and we weren’t letting them go lightly.

Sarah was always there covering, running back and up field and not letting them break our defence; making solid passes out to Catherine and Jen. The ball went to Jen, then to Kara, then to Catherine and then to the flick spot. Unfortunately no one was there to pick it up but we were ready to go on and pick up another.

Winning a short corner and setting up quick this was it. A smooth injection from Kara straight to Sarah who smashed the ball straight into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, a brilliant shot. 2-0.

That was it, we carried on to put the work in right until the whistle. In the whole game we made great spaces with Danielle out down near the goal, Catherine on the right wing, Kara out on the left, Gina in the middle who made some great runs and shots for goal, and Jen and Sarah who never let them get past. Charlie (GK) didn’t even get a touch on the ball. Great game.

Man of the Match: Catherine

Big win for Staveley 2nds – 19th September 2015

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.

MOM: Nuala

Staveley 2nds vs Matlock 4ths – 15th November

After a wetter than wet match last Saturday, we were hopeful for a drier pushback this week; no chance.

After a sharp warm up and the usual banter, StavStaveley 2nds, 15th November 2014eley headed out for what was promising to be a tasty fixture against local rivals Matlock.

Staveley were on the offensive straight away, with some great moves and passing out on the wing, Jen and Catherine powered through the Matlock defense time and again. Some quick switching by Sam back over to the left meant there was no letup for Matlock’s back four. They were definitely shaken by the new look Staveley 2nd team.

Despite this, and against the run of play, Matlock broke through and somehow scored, leaving us all a bit baffled and pretty p155ed off!

No fear though, a fantastic cross from Catherine led to a volleyed wonder goal from Niamh. Cracking stick work and £5 in the back pocket for Ms. Hardwick.

1-1 less than 15 minutes in.

From that point on, it’s safe to say Staveley dominated the play, raining attack after attack down on Matlock. Despite the numerous short corners and quick strikes on goal, Staveley went off at half time, yet to take the lead.

After some great talk from Captain Kara and returnee Maggie, plus some jelly babies from Jo, Staveley got back onside knowing the game was theirs for the taking.

Staveley continued to dominate, giving very little away to a flustered Matlock, but just couldn’t convert in the D.

Among many chances. Fran missed a sitter and Kara had a great strike that slid just past the post whilst Matlock threw defenders into the circle to keep us from scoring.

After warnings from umpires, players falling on each other and an exhilarating and frustrating 70 minutes of hockey, we had to settle for a draw. But it was an all round fantastic performance for Staveley 2nds and a great sign of things to come. Well done everyone, we should all be really proud.

Special mention to our defenders who were pretty much impenetrable today and who led the charge on almost every attacking stint. Well done peeps.

1-1 the final score. This week’s Man of the Match; Sam Dean.