Plate game; Staveley 2nds vs Ashbourne 4s

Staveley’s ladies were ready to take on Ashbourne although the captain and 2 key players were nowhere to be seen just before pushback!
When we eventually arrived Calders shouted ‘1 min before pushback’. A quick run on the spot and we were ready.
Staveley started off really well with some great passing and runs up the wing we made many chances and soon Fran put one in the net. 1-0 Staveley!

Soon after we were in trouble with a short corner but our defenders where quick to dispose of it.

Gina took the ball from the half way line with support from Holly but no need as she took it all the way and put a fantastic goal in the back of the box…

After the second goal Staveley ladies thought that they had it in the bag and we started playing really sloppy.

At half time a new strategy was drilled in by our fantastic new coach Kelly.. and soon we found it working. Everyone was calling for the W…!

Ashbourne came out strong and were passing brilliantly and creating chances but we didn’t give up. And again a drive down the right hand side plus a ball through to Jen and somehow the goal keeper stepped over it and Staveley were 3-0 up!

The game came to an end but not before the captain got called to one side because Kelly T couldn’t keep her mouth shut and apparently argued; I was only agreeing with him!

Well done all round ladies, a good performance once again. Man of the match was awarded to Holly.

Angry birds (with sticks) – Staveley 2nds v Ilkeston

For the first time since….well probably ever, Staveley 2nds turned up a whole 45 minutes early (nothing to do with the absence of captain Kara and Gina).

When the other team finally turned up the game got off to a fiery start. Staveley started out on top, much to the surprise and annoyance of the opposition, stringing together some excellent passes carving open the opposition. After around 10 minutes our hard work paid off when we were awarded a short corner which Vaughany smashed through their defence to put us ahead.

We kept up the pressure with Jen making some excellent runs down the right hand side in particular.

Despite much complaining and rugby-like moves from a couple of opposing players Vaughany scored again from a well worked short corner to put Staveley 2-0 up.
As the half came to the end Staveley legs got tired and despite our best efforts (including Grace throwing herself in front of the ball a number of times) Ilkeston managed to pull one back.

After receiving a complaint at half time at the fact we had a full team and we’re not rubbish (go figure?) we decided to go for more of the same. We started off again with some excellent passing between our midfield and upfront players, Ruth making some excellent individual runs often skipping past a number of players.

Ilkeston bought the game to us more, overwhelming our defence and managed to snag 2 scrappy goals putting them ahead 3-2.

After a hard, well contested game unfortunately we came up a little short. Once the whistle went we all agreed that plates are better than cups anyway.
Player of the match went to Jen and Ruth after an excellent game from both.