LADIES 1S HIT PAST SEVENOAKS TO GO 2ND IN THE LEAGUE
On a cold winter’s morning, once they had all arrived at the correct pitch, BEHC Ladies 1s gathered in the spacious Sevenoaks changing rooms, ready for the challenge that lay ahead.
A quick game of netball / rugby to warm up, and the match was underway. With Captain Jenny Seale’s request to score goals in the first 10 minutes ringing in their ears (not sure what she thinks we’re trying to do otherwise!), BEHC piled on the pressure and managed to get several chances early on.
It was not long before the breakthrough came. Several shots ricocheted around the D, with Grace Isbister guiding the ball in the direction of the goal. Emma Letchford was waiting at the post, but uncharacteristically decided not to steal the goal as it went over the line.
Another attack came moments later with Beth Cox turning and burning into space, a few quick passes followed before Beth received the ball again and neatly put it beyond the reach of the keeper.
BEHC were making some good moves with fast, accurate balls going up and down the wings from Sarah Bancroft and Caitlyn Chick, and switching back and forwards across the pitch through Jilly Lloyd, Vicky Pitt, Sally Wallace and George Light.
Sue Moore, Beth Cox, Grace Isbister and Emma Letchford were moving around the forward line and applying pressure on the goal. This was rewarded with several short corners. Emma Letchford was getting plenty of short corner injecting practice, having to redo one for a foot being on the line, one for sending the ball in before anyone else was ready, and one that just ‘didn’t count’. The practice paid off as one was converted with a classic Jilly Lloyd special.
To finish off the half, Sue Moore’s shot was deliberately stopped on the line by an opposition foot. Sue stepped up to take the resultant flick, and calmly and expertly dispatched the ball into the corner of the goal. The score was 4-0 going into half time.
BEHC started the second half with the same intensity as they ended the first, and were rewarded with a flurry of short corners. Whilst both regular injectors were enjoying a reprieve on the sidelines, BEHC managed to score not one, but two goals. The first was from Grace Isbister from short range, and then another Jilly Lloyd special, assisted by Jenny Seale.
With the score line at 6-0 BEHC were keen to further boost their goal difference. The whole team were pushing up high on the pitch, Ceri Windsor running as though the pub was about to close and Caitlyn Chick turning the ball over and providing some great balls into the D.
To their credit, Sevenoaks didn’t give up despite the scoreline, and looked dangerous on occasion with some long balls being played forward. Sarah Marsters-Bright made several diving interceptions when needed, but there was nothing getting beyond BEHC’s fertile defense.
The final score was 6-0, man of the match was Caitlyn Chick and egg on your face went to birthday girl Jenny Seale. A convincing win and a team night out to go curling seemed like a fitting way to celebrate.