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Ladies 1st XI - Match centre

Marden Russets Ladies 1sts
Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s
Full time
J Lloyd (1' ), E Letchford (2' )
Sat 7 Oct 11:30 - Kent Hockey League - Premier Division Attendance 9


BEHC Ladies 1s return from Marden Russets with a 2-0 victory, although it was not their finest display.

BEHC left the familiar surroundings of South East London to venture down the winding country lanes into Marden. The squad was at almost full strength, apart from Jenna Stonebanks and her continuing toe injury. Expectations were high following recent convincing wins and their unbeaten start to the season. The team were boosted by huge support, particularly for an away game, with partners, children, dogs and a great compliment of BEHC Ladies 4s who stayed on after their earlier match.

Before the game began there were a few tense moments, which may have given an early indication that it wasn’t all going to be plain sailing. A lightly signposted diversion almost lost a few players, the entire team and coach were locked in the changing room for a nail biting few minutes thanks to Vicky Pitts’s over enthusiastic door closing, and mascot Bergen left a mark mid warm-up that resulted in his dog sitter handing in her resignation.

BEHC were hoping to make a big impact as soon as the game got underway, with calls from captain Jenny Seale to get an early goal. BEHC would have loved to oblige, however Marden were not going to make it easy. The opposition seemed to be getting the better start, winning more tackles and making more interceptions . BEHC were not able to get into their usual rhythm of passing around the back and spreading the ball wide. Marden had a few early chances, however thanks to some great saves from Sarah Marsters-Bright, they were kept at bay.

Later in the half, BEHC managed to gain control of the ball and dictate the play, and were rewarded with some chances of their own. After many searching balls into the area from George Light and Sally Wallace, one resulted in a goal mouth scramble. Emma Letchford managed to guide the ball over the line, from point blank range, for BEHC to go 1-0 up. Shortly afterwards, a textbook short corner routine ending with a Jilly Lloyd special in the bottom right hand corner and the lead was doubled.

This wasn’t enough to allow BEHC to relax, so they pushed for further opportunities to score. The game began to get heated, with both umpires offering warnings. After complimenting the opposition on avoiding the ball, and ‘ducking well’, the umpire appeared to have misheard Kate ‘I’m from Bradford, mate’ Petherbridge and brandished a card. Kate won the egg on face award for this, although she was run close by Vicky for losing her stick and attempting to go after the ball with her hand, changing her mind and going back to get her stick, working out which was in fact her stick, and finally lobbing said stick after the ball. Coupled with the previously mentioned imprisoning of the team, it seems Vicky may have got off lightly.

Back to the game, and in the last ten minutes Marden piled on the pressure. It took more acrobatic saves from Sarah, dogged defending from the majority of the team, and a goal line clearance from Kathryn Sales to deny Marden a goal, and to keep a clean sheet and take the win. Sarah Marsters-Bright and George Light shared the honours for player of the match.

It wasn’t their finest display, but BEHC were happy to come away with a victory and, although early in the season, one that takes them to the top of the table.

Key moments

Goal Jilly Lloyd scores for Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s
Goal Emma Letchford scores for Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s


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2:00 Goal 0 - 2
Emma Letchford scores for Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s
1:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jilly Lloyd scores for Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s
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As it happened

  • Marden Russets Ladies 1sts
  • Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s
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  • Jilly Lloyd Goal 1:00'
  • Emma Letchford Goal 2:00'

Team selection

Bright, Sarah Bright, Sarah
Petherbridge, Katie Petherbridge, Katie
Windsor, Ceri Windsor, Ceri
Sales, Kathryn Sales, Kathryn
Evans, Sian Evans, Sian
Bancroft, Sarah Bancroft, Sarah
Light, Georgina Light, Georgina
Lloyd, Jilly Lloyd, Jilly
Moore, Sue Moore, Sue
Wallace, Sally Wallace, Sally
Pitt, Vicky Pitt, Vicky

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Canterbury Ladies 3s
Old Bordenian Ladies 1Xl
Cliftonville Ladies 1st XI
Bromley and Beckenham Womens 3s
Folkestone Optimist Ladies 2s
Bexleyheath & Belvedere Ladies 1's
Kings Alleyns Ladies 1st XI
Sevenoaks Ladies' 4s


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Bexleyheath & Belvedere Ladies 1's 16 40
2. Kings Alleyns Ladies 1st XI 16 39
3. Blackheath & Elthamians Ladies 1s 16 38
4. Old Bordenian Ladies 1Xl 17 27
5. Marden Russets Ladies 1sts 17 24
6. Old Williamsonians Ladies 1st XI 15 21
7. Folkestone Optimist Ladies 2s 17 21

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