The ladies 1’s travelled to Marlow to play probably the most exciting game of the first half of the season...
Prior to the game both sides observed a minutes silence in memory of those who lost their lives in conflict over the last 100 years. The moment quite poignant as both Marlow and Guildford took part in this summers Hockey for Heroes, Operation Endure, raising money for the Help for Heroes charity.
The game got under way in Guildford’s now familiar attacking form and from the start Marlow were pushed back to their own 25. Whilst Guildford had all of the possession, Marlow took advantage of a break and against the run of play mounted an attack and scored.
From the re start Guildford attacked again and within a few minutes a well worked attack resulted in Anja scoring to bring the scores level. The game continued at a fast pace with opportunities coming to both sides. Eventually Guildford were awarded a short corner, from which Alice O’Hagan found the back of the net to give Guildford the lead. As the game neared half time Marlow scored an equalizer.
The second half started at the same pace as the first with both sides creating chances. Marlow were the first to capitalise taking the lead. Guildford however was equal to this and it was only a matter of time and Kelly Taylor scored the equaliser to bring the scores to 3-3.
The game was continuing at a frenetic pace with neither team giving a quarter. Unfortunately, Hannah W took an injury from a ball being struck at pace that lifted. From that point Marlow took slight advantage and scored two quick goals, Guildford were unable to come back from that and the game finished 5-3 in favour of Marlow.
For the neutral spectator this was a great game to watch, Marlow were the first team all season to match Guildford’s pace and fitness. Guildford are still in the driving seat, whilst dropping to second place we have a game in hand and a far superior goal difference.
The Ladies are at home this weekend playing Trojans, with Pushback at 12:30pm 0n Saturday.