FOUR GOALS TAKE THE THREES TO NUMBER ONE
BEHC Women's 3rd XI team remain top of the table with a 4-0 win against Maidstone
It was a sunny September morning when Blackheath Ladies 3rd XI met the newly promoted Maidstone Ladies 4th XII at their pitch in Armstrong Road. Fresh of the heels our first game and our first win of the season, the ladies were determined to keep a clean sheet. However this Maidstone team were an unknown entity and with our stalwart centre half, 'Socks' Wilkinson, gallivanting at a university reunion that day, the team were nervous to see how they would perform!
Within minutes of pushback, Blackheath had confined play to their attacking half with our rolling offence of Longley, Wreathall, Drum, Thompson, Sibanda and Affleck going for the opposition D and keeping them guessing. Maidstone kept us a bay until the end of the 1st quarter when Affleck (C) tapped in the first goal. At 1-0 up our spirits were boosted but Maidstone held us off with some strong central defensive play. Relentless teamwork between Mills and Sibanda on the right finally culminated in a lovely 2nd goal from Sibanda in the 25th minute.
Blackheath won several short corners and Rodrigues stepped up to hit out in place of Wilkinson. Although not quite matching the speed of Wilkinson's hit, it seemed the tortoise won the race when Rodrigues scored in the 35th minute from a rebounded ball during a short corner taking us 3-0 up.
In the second half Maidstone returned to shake up our defensive line, keeping the ball in and around our defensive D for what felt like an age! With our legs tiring we also suffered the loss of one of our most speedy midfielders - Jackson had a bit of bump and fell to the ground with a nose bleed. Get well soon Jackson! But with our defensive players Primett, Brydon, Jupp and Bertarini repeatedly pushing play up the field, we were soon back to attacking. Affleck took her tally to two in the 45th minute, taking us out of reach from an increasingly threatening Maidstone side.
The game finished at 4-0 with a very happy Blackheath side, albeit with an underutilised Taylor in goal. A well deserved triple Woman of the Match went to Sibanda and Bertarini for having an absolute corker and to Jackson for also having a great game... until the whole nose bleed thing - a total hockey trooper! Let's keep this winning streak going ladies!