The Ladies 1s were due to play PHC Chiswick at home on Saturday. Arriving first thing in the morning, L1s Manager Andrew Fergusson, Vets Captain Mark Edwards and All Round Special Helper Jeremy Holt stood looking at a pitch covered with a thin layer of snow.
The sensible option would have been to say “let’s go and get a coffee” but “let’s clear the pitch” was muttered instead and off to work they went. After a few phone calls, a number Men’s 2s players joined, shovels and brooms in hand. And not long after that, the cavalry arrived in the form of the Ladies 1st XI along with the odd dad, husband and daughters.
Guildford’s opposition, Chiswick arrived as did the umpires – took a quick look at the pitch and up to the club house they went. The pitch was completely cleared and pushback was only delayed by 15minutes!
After all the hard work the Guildford team were fully focused and took to the pitch with strong determination. The opening few minutes were played with both teams attacking hard and breaking down each other’s play quite effectively.
Guildford began to take more control and were creating more opportunities. One attack lead by Niamh Mann from deep in the Guildford half, moved the ball quickly up to Anja Atkin, who was then one-on-one with the keeper; Anja took the ball in around the keeper to take a 1-0 lead.
Chiswick fought hard to equalise, forcing Alice Cobb into some great saves. However, Guildford were relentless in the counter attacks and soon Niamh was the instigator of Guildford’s second goal with a perfectly timed pass from the halfway line to Kelly Taylor who scored.
The remainder of the half Guildford continued to attack and shortly before the halftime whistle were awarded a short corner. The initial shot was saved, but Hannah Bodoano pushed the rebound into the net.
The second half Guildford were more measured in defence and restricted Chiswick’s opportunities. Guildford worked some good passes and it was not long before Kerry Jennings put a ball across the D for Kelly to score her second and Guildford’s 4th goal of the match.
The final score was 4-0 to Guildford. A satisfying result given the effort by both the squad and others club members for ensuring we could play the game. A big thanks to all those that helped!!!