Two of the strongest teams in the South Women’s Hockey Division 2 met on Saturday and the game delivered everything the teams’ league table positions would have indicated.
Guildford started the game in their usual attacking manner and dominated with relentless attacks against a side who also play an attacking style. East Grinstead found themselves resorting to their defence having to hit the ball as hard as they could into space which in turn denied them the opportunity of counter attacking.
Guildford won a number if short corners and it was not long before Naimh Mann found the back of the net from a well worked routine to give Guildford the lead. From the re-start Guildford turned the pressure on even more and a series of quick passes lead to a nicely taken goal by Kerry Jennings to increase the lead to 2-0.
East Grinstead then started to settle and the game was played at a fast pace with end to end attacks and chances for both teams. Eventually, East Grinstead scored from open play. They also won a short corner just before half time which was cleanly despatch with a drag flick to draw the scores level at the end of the first half.
The second half started in the same way as the first and both teams created chances that could just not be finished. Guildford did not want this game to finish with the points shared and continued to attack and were looking the stronger team. With ten minutes to go Guildford won another short corner. Alice O’Hagan was clinical finishing off a well worked ball from Julia “JJ” Blackstock to regain the lead.
The final ten minutes saw Guildford managing the game by dominating possession and frustrating East Grinstead by denying them possession. The final score was 3-2 to Guildford.
The league has reached the halfway point of the season and Guildford go into the second half top with a 4 point gap ahead of second place East Grinstead.