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Ladies 4s - Match centre

Rickmansworth
Shefford & Sandy Hockey Club
Sat 9 Feb 13:00 - League Full time

The 4ths suffered a brexit distater

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@ Rickmansworth watering hole

A disappointing day at the Rickmansworth watering hole with an 8-3 loss to the league leaders but Ladies 4’s feathers have not been ruffled !

We started with a very unfortunate goal scored by Rickmansworth in the first 2 minutes but the 4’s remained determined and managed to get one back by Cook shortly after from a storming short corner ! We were feeling ready as the opposition reloaded , the next 10 or so minutes could be compared to the Brexit situation - a small disaster - we had a cracking goal from Mead who decided that she’d rather be scoring goals than keeping them out but when she was doing a great job of keeping them out we needed to put her on stilts (which, in light of the new kit policy may not be allowed) as one of Rickmansworth’s goals flew over the head of Mead. She was then joined in goal by A Bell for some time (another player who decided that she was bored of her position) who thought that she’d, somewhat unknowingly, try her hand at goalie without the protective equipment in a bid to stop Rickmansworth from scoring - but each to their own. this then lead to A Bell saving one on the line giving the opposition a penalty flick which in all truth was quite a pathetic push to the left hand side of the goal but it still scored.

There was a sigh of relief as the whistle blew for half time , and as we re-applied our war paint for the second half , bourbons were passed around we set out our plan of action for the next half. We reset and we’re ready. As the second half progressed , we saw gymnastics by Croft who had obviously had spinach for dinner last night as her flexibility helped prevent many goals and heard the referee telling Mead to keep her legs shut as the ball was unknowingly wedged between her spongy feet. Rickmansworth managed another few goals but not without a chest bump from West and the odd accidental head butt from. Then S&S decided that we’d prefer to spend the remainder of the game doing short corners. The second goal Came from Mioch after a great injection from Kelly saw Mioch banging the ball in the back of the goal , and any spectators would have seen what surely looked like the Mexican wave as the goal was awarded. WE WERE ECSTATIC !!! But more good things were to follow as Higginson-Carter decided that instead of playing hockey , she’d play tennis but regardless of technique , another storming goal !! Our effort was really starting to show as we all tired towards the end of the second half and this unfortunately played to the advantage of Rickmansworth despite this Kelly playing CH continued running the engine in the centre. There was excellent sportsmanship and high spirits from both teams which was greatly supported by excellent umpiring.
An unlucky loss today and a score that does not reflect the quality of play! GOG goes to Croft for her excellent gymnastic abilities and fab defending. Melon of the match goes to Mead as after her performance ( which all jokes aside was excellent ) managed to nearly drive off with her purse and mobile phone on top of the car in her excitement about becoming a forward player!

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