Guildford Ice welcomed Reading Bears to Broadwater. Having played 2 games in the league already, with a draw and a win, the girls were looking forward to the match. The U14 girls really looked the part in the new shirts. The reading coach kindly agreed to our request of 3x20minute periods and we were all set for the start...
From the pushback Guildford were immediately on the back foot, the passing, roll outs and defensive channelling practised in training were difficult to put into practice as Reading were just a little quicker to the ball all over the pitch. The end of the first third ended with Guildford 0-2 down.
During the first break, I asked the girls what they though we could do better, their answers were exactly what we needed to do :
- Look for a pass
- don't panic, be composed under pressure, roll out.
- look to use the width of the pitch
- look to win your personal battles (be faster to the ball and stronger than your opposition).
- give our players on the ball options to pass to.
The second and third quarter had similar patterns to the first quarter but with Guildford starting to compete, the girls worked hard and gave their best. Reading on the day were just a little faster to the ball and also played some composed and expansive passing hockey. Reading made the Guildofrd girls work incredibly hard. It's an unpredictable league, the Guildford girls beat spencer earlier in the season in a tight and thrilling game, with spencer then going on to beat Reading. Hockey Eh !!!
The game ended 1-7 to reading, Zelah converting a lovely cross from Sascha. So onto special mentions, Mia in goal had a great match, some games a keeper can do nothing, literally, not today though, Mia made plenty of excellent save and gave great commentary to her defenders. Anna in midfield had another all action display, working tirelessly and competing for EVERY ball, Anna really wanted to win her personal battle.....The Guildford player of the match, voted for by the Reading team and the Guildford coach was Sascha. Sascha really stretched the opposition with her movement and direct running. Sascha's most impressive work actually came when she didn't have the ball, her pressing, interceptions and movement into space was excellent.
Well done Sascha.