In what must surely be the performance of the season a determined Guildford side headed to Battersea to face the 2nd place challengers for the league title and guaranteed promotion.
In a sign of things to come Wanderers were surprised to see Guildford had brought a full squad of 16 players to face their home squad of 16. We were not about to be run off the park through exhaustion.
Guildford maintain the best defensive record in the league by far, but Wanderers have an equal attacking ability and we were not about to let them use this on us, so get ready for the battle for the midfield.
The first 15 minutes saw circle entries at both ends, but as our attacking press got to work containing their play, our Midfield set about double teaming and channelling their runners into our tackles. The game was starting to turn. Attacking play increased and an opportunity after 25 minutes for Emma Leahey to get through one on one with the keeper created a GOAL 1-0.
Half time and the team talk was for more of the same. Forget the score, fight for the result and don’t slack off. Second half substitutions were made and the frequency increased to maintain fitness.
Our clear determination to attack resulted in an early opportunity after 4 minutes for Edgie to pounce and extend our lead GOAL 2-0. The game had turned and the midfield players who are now adaptable enough to play in any position rotated with increasing frequency to maintain the dominance in midfield. The Wanderers had stopped wandering and were now chasing balls all over the pitch in a fruitless effort to regain control of the game.
Guildford continued to dominate with free flowing hockey with one touch passing all over the pitch, and after numerous chances a stunning solo effort from Anja after 28 minutes, who danced through the defence to go one of one with the Goalkeeper, left the Goalkeeper and the crowd stunned to see the ball in net. GOAL 3-0. More pressure on 33 minutes resulted in Choi converting a penalty corner by firing it into the bottom right hand corner for a deflection. GOAL 4-0 and job done. A stunning effort from all the players.
The team sent out a clear message today, keep chasing us but were not stopping for anyone.