Match Report - 26 Jan 2019, Alton Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI drew with Hamble 1st XI
On a crisp wintery morning, Alton hosted an organised Hamble side knowing they were in for a tough game in bitterly cold conditions. Buoyed from a good away win the previous week, Alton got off to a strong start with some composed passing down the left hand side between Gayle Moir, Naomi Jones and Leah Coney. A spell of possession was short-lived as Hamble countered swiftly but their rapid break was thwarted, as were a series of penalty corners thanks to the cat-like reactions of keeper, Ellie Chester.
Alton showed great enthusiasm with good work rate when out of possession and controlled aggression in the challenge at times. Hamble’s menacing attacks were met by a determined defensive performance with some excellent interceptions from Megan Southgate and Rosie Millard. Martha Folkes also provided unconventional defensive tactics by getting her shins in the way of a strike from a Hamble attacker before she could make contact with the ball…
Alton also had their moments. A strong ball towards goal by captain Vicky Small slammed into the backboard, much to the delight of Alton supporters, only for the umpire to point out that the strike had come from outside the ‘D’ – no goal. Another attack into Hamble’s defensive quarter resulted in some enthusiastic moments from Alton players, with two going for the same ball! All square at half time.
The start of the second half brought some good intensity and a lovely ball into the attacking ‘D’ from Kat Gilbert and a kind deflection from Naomi Jones landed to a well-positioned Zoe Swan to control and tap in at the far post. 1-0 Alton. Hamble stuck back immediately, winning a penalty corner and converting the opportunity. Hamble were on the ascendancy and Alton had to be at their defensive best to keep out an onslaught of shots. Wonderful clearances in front of the goal by Abi Green, Kat Gilbert and Ellie Chester kept the ball out of the Alton net and resulted in a final score of 1-1.
Next week Alton play away at Southampton Uni.
Alton Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI 1 - 1 Hamble 1st XI