Staveley 1s vs Amber Valley Hornets – November 28th

A really early start this morning against Amber Valley. Loz wasn’t happy because she paid an extra 11 English pounds to ensure her new shoes would be here in time for the game. The postie decided to take the shoes to the post office instead of leaving them in the shed like she asked!! Anyway…. Travelling down was a bit windy as Linz had the trumps!!

A tight first half with a few chances at both ends, Amber Valley had the majority of possession but couldn’t find the back of the net. Charlie made some super saves to keep it 0-0.

The second half started and Amber Valley scored their goal Sent from my iPhoneStaveley took the lead with a flick from Kel to the keepers right. More good play upfront saw Linz intercept the pass from the hit out, she passed to Loz for her to shoot and hit the keepers head, Rachel then got her second from the loose ball. The forth came from a short with Andrea blasting the ball in the bottom right corner. To finish the game off Kel scooped over the keeper to make it 5.

All in all a brilliant performance from all involved. Big shout out to Rachel who had a stormer, a real shame their umpire banged in to her car and was going to scarper! Good job a few of our girls chased him to get his details!

5-1 win for Staveley!

Player of match; Charlie.

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.

2s vs Matlock 6s

With just 9 men in the Staveley half at push back, confidence was shaky. Despite good play, the 2 man deficit forced Staveley onto the back foot and a goal was conceded 5 minutes in.

A cheer from the Staveley team came when Gina rocked up after a nice lie in, a relaxing cup of coffee and a leisurely perusal of the morning papers. Beth arrived soon after and that’s when Staveley brought it, big style.

Staveley’s first goal came from Emma soon after, her first of 3, with other goals from Kara, 2 consecutive goals from Niamh, one from Sarah and even one from defender Sam.

Voted best part of the match unanimously was Maggie’s great run all the way up the pitch. Time stopped as she made it to the D, swung back… and missed. Next time Maggie, next time.

8-1 win, great stew after the match, what more could you want?

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