Lewes Ladies 1's lose 4-1 to Tulse Hill and Dulwich Ladies 2’s
Lewes level into the second half before home team pull away
LEAGUE: South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 3B
HOME TEAM: Tulse Hill and Dulwich Ladies 2’s 4
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 1’s 1 (Hall 1)
It was strangely a rather sunny day as we all arrived in London at Dulwich College, which made nice hockey playing weather. The opposition won their league last season so were keen to follow on from their 9-0 win against Worthing in their first match of the season. Some of us arrived later than others for our first away match of the season as goalkeeper, Robyn Creeden hadn’t yet mastered the Pitchero app so had begun her travels instead to our humble home of Lewes Hockey Club rather than the correct astro an hour and half away in the bustle of London.
Anyway, Lewes ladies rocked up onto the astro and started a strong game, putting Tulse Hill and Dulwich under pressure. We were playing lovely, short hockey, looking solid from the back where Carly Wise, Sarah Hall, Marie Spence and Rosie Youngman looked after our possession and pushed forward. The likes of Jess Wycherley, Phoebe Rivet, Anna Hilton Libby Youngman, Johanna Lawless and Amelia Baron used their speed and skill to relentlessly create all sorts of opportunities in the opposition’s D throughout the first half. Unfortunately, our rhythm was momentarily broken and a crowded D and numerous attempts on goal resulted in Tulse Hill and Dulwich going one up when it came to half time.
Having regrouped at half time, our glue and powerhouses Emma Pavitt, Emily Spence and Leigh Chivers whizzed across the pitch and provided many great options and transfers to again work around the opposition and take us up the pitch. Our improved momentum resulted in Lewes being awarded a penalty flick which was scored in style by captain, Sarah Hall to even the score line and inspire our fight. We felt further under pressure in our D and the opposition managed to win a few short corners and convert with a solid straight strike and later a deflection from the injector centimetres from the baseline. It must be noted that in order to escape certain periods of pressure, Marie Spence and Leigh Chivers showed off their aerial throwing skills, which were greatly received by the forwards and allowed us to gain a few short corners of our own despite not being converted.
We left the pitch disappointed but not disheartened with a final score of 4-1. We will be back next week to create imaginative and undeniably strong hockey across the pitch!
Match Report: Sarah Hall