EGHC Ladies Open Premier League Campaign with Frustrating Away Defeat
EGHC Ladies visited Buckingham Ladies Hockey Club on Saturday 22nd September in the opening day of the Investec Womens Hockey League, Premier Division. A dramatic day was to ensue...
Invested Womens Hockey League Premier Division
EGHC Ladies' 1st Team
Buckingham Ladies 2:1 East Grinstead
Saturday 23rd September
EGHC Ladies opened up their Premier League Campaign for the 2018/2019 season with a frustrating away defeat to Buckingham Hockey Club. Despite taking the lead and securing a string of short corners, EG could not convert and came home empty handed.
|East Grinstead 1(1)|
Sophie Bray (FG)
|2(1) Buckingham Ladies|
Eloise Laity (FG)
Maddie Newlyn (FG)
> EG opened the first half with more than their fair share of possession
> Sophie Bray opened EG's account with a reverse shot from the left side of the "D"
> Buckingham equaliser came within 2 minutes and secured the winner close to time
Mary Booth: "to concede so soon after going ahead was disappointing but possession and corners won bode well as a basis for coming matches"
Sophie Bray: "disappointed not to convert more chances but optimistic we'll convert the attacking play into goals soon"
Laura Unsworth: "devastated to lose Chloe Palmer to an ankle fracture during the second half; our thoughts are with her for a speedy recovery "
EG started well with more than their fair share of possession, with the majority of attacking play coming through the centre of the EG side. Mid way through the first half, EG's GB striker, Sophie Bray was frustrated not to be awarded a Penalty Stroke, but the momentum was with EG. EG had a goal correctly disallowed during the second quarter, when Jojo Blunt put a deflected pass into the net but again, all signs were positive. The deadlock was broken by Sophie Bray was a trade-mark reverse stick shot on the left side of the circle. Unfortunately EG were not to hold onto their advantage for long; Buckingham quickly equalising with in a hand-full of minutes.
The sides went in all square at half time.
During the second half, EG defender Chloe Palmer suffered a serious ankle injury - an avulsion fracture - which will likely prevent her from playing for some time. Chloe's departure forced coach Mary Booth to make some changes to the shape of the team and although EG continued to press forwards, Buckingham Ladies took the lead against the run of play. East Grinstead's discipline could have been stronger with two players being awarded green cards and one a yellow, but on the positive side, Brigget Blackwood (midfield) and Millie Regan (goalkeeper) played extremely well in difficult circumstances.
Buckingham were to be congratulated for their defensive tenacity, tacking and closing down but EG were unable to convert 7 penalty corners which could have won the match.
Pictured: EG's Bridget Blackwood is grounded defending against Buckingham Ladies. Image by @lawrencemking