The girls were looking forward to the game against Woking. Upon arriving at the Woking pitch, they witnessed the Guildford U14 boys winning 3-0 so the motivation was there to show the boys that the girls can play good hockey too...
The game started off well for Guildford, we dominated the possession but didn't quite look like scoring. The energy and commitment was definitely there but we were forgetting a few basics: look up, roll out when in danger and pass the ball sideways or backward if we can't go forward.
As Guildford started to find their feet and pass the ball, we created chances. Natasha scored a lovely reverse hit to put Guildford deservedly ahead just before the break.
The second half saw Woking dominate the first 10 minutes and after some consistent pressure they equalised. This appeared to spur our girls on. They started to pass backwards and sideways when in trouble which retained possession for us. Chances started to come Guildford's way, we regained the lead when Esta drilled the ball with a fine hit into the corner of Woking's goal to make it 2-1. The game moved into end-to-end hockey for the last few minutes, Mia was assured in goal seeing out the game and retaining our lead. The game ended with a Guildford win that was hard fought and just about deserved. Woking grew into the game but when Guildford passed quickly, looked up and rolled out of danger, we were a little bit too strong.
Woking voted Esta as their player of the match for her strong display. The Guildford coaches player of the match was Lucy, who's positional play as sweeper was excellent throughout the game.