Guildford travelled to Reading, with a question mark over whether the game would be played due to the deteriorating weather conditions. With both teams agreeing to short warm ups and a quick turn at half time, the game got under way.
Reading put Guildford under pressure from the start and keeper Alice Cobb was forced into action very early in the game, making some excellent saves to keep the attacks at bay. Guildford started to make some breaks, turning defence into attack. A well-spotted aerial opportunity from Niamh saw her send the ball in the air up the line; this was picked up by Kerryn Swanepoel and passed into the D for Kelly Taylor to score giving Guildford the lead in the 6th minute.
Guildford were getting more into their stride and in the 12th minute Kerryn added a second. Shortly before half time Reading scored one of their own via a Penalty Flick.
The second half was hard work for both teams, the rain and wind was getting stronger and it was a credit to both sets of players for their professionalism and determination to play the game out. It was Guildford that had the better of the play and two more goals, a second from Kerryn and one from Maddie Richardson saw the final score 4-1.
Bon Voyage, Anja
Today was also the final match after 8 years at the club for Anja Atkin. She has been a first team player since she was 15. Anja will be missed around the club not only as a 1st XI player but also as coach to GHC Under 8’s and on school holiday camps and as a reliable and friendly kitchen and bar staffmember.
We wish Anja all the best as she embarks on a few months travelling.
Thank you, Supporters
Thanks must go to the hardcore supporters that braved the weather and also Libby (recovering from injury) and Harriet (enjoying a rare day off from her management of the England Women’s Rugby team) for joining us on the bench. The team celebrated their win with a night out in Reading which lasted longer for some than others!!!
Player of the match: Alice Cobb