Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1sts ventured over to Lancaster, in their car bubbles, for a late pushback of 3pm.
Lancaster put the away side under pressure early, but KS managed to score their 1st goal. After some tremendous defending the ball was distributed to the midfield, who quickly played it to the forwards, and after a 1-2 with Catherine Ewbank, Julie Hope played it to the back post where Lucy Potter was there to knock it past the keeper.
The 2nd goal followed by another quick breakaway goal, with a ball from Sophie Winder in goals out wide to Heidi Maughan, who played it to Anna Pigney, who played it to Lucy, who dinked the ball over the defender to Julie, who then only had the keeper to beat, and she most definitely did that!
Unfortunately, Kirkby then conceded 3 goals in quick sucession, meaning they went into half time 3-2 down, but knowing the game was still there for them to take.
The second half started fast, with KS winning a penalty corner; Anthea Bowman injected the ball to Lucy, who slipped it left for Julie, where Julie to swept the ball into the goal past all 4 defenders and the goalkeeper barely having time to react, 3-3.
Kirkby regained the lead, when the away defence won a free hit after their consistently strong defending. Julie opted for an aerial (lifting the ball overhead), with lots of space in behind this fell to Lucy, Potter quickly played the ball into the D to Anna, who brilliantly found the far corner, 4-3.
Lancaster still did not give up, with the ball playing back and forth from each half, they gained possession and luckily managed to knock the ball over the line, 4-4.
Kirkby’s 5th goal came from putting pressure on Lancaster’s defence, and winning the ball back into their control. After some impressive saves by Lancaster’s goalkeeper, Heidi Maughan perfectly placed the ball for Anna to deflect into the goal like you’d expect in textbook hockey.
The sixth goal was a brilliant run through the defence by Heidi, taking on 3 players and firing the ball from the top of the D, giving the keeper no chance, ricocheting off the backboard, 6-4.
Kirkby Stephen were elated with their performance along with the score to reflect their work ethic. From Sophie Winder making her terrific saves at all angles in goals; to defenders creating a fierce defensive wall, Vicki Capstick, Mel Parkin, Jenny Coates and Jess Harrison; to midfield covering the pitch and distributing the ball, and attacking, Rach Gowing, Anthea Bowman, Nicole Clegg, Julie Hope, Catherine Ewbank, and Heidi Maughan; to the forwards, running, deflecting and challenging the opposition, Lucy Potter, Ella Capstick and Anna Pigney.
“Man of the match” was awarded to Anna Pigney for her tremendous fight for every ball, putting training into practise by deflecting balls at all angles, and contributing to the makeup of the goals.
Due to a change in structure of the league and current COVID regulations there will be no match this next week.
On Saturday 3rd, Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1st team had their second league game, and took on Harrogate Ladies 1sts at home. With a shift in rules and regulations stipulated by the government and England Hockey, the players arrived changed and ready to begin their thorough warm up.
The weather made it difficult to get the first touch, and stay on foot, but Harrogate managed to pressure the home side for the first 10 minutes, with the majority of the play in the home side’s defensive half of pitch. However, Kirkby Stephen soon stepped up, with Lucy Potter winning a free hit on the half way line. Anna Pigney quickly reacted to the advantage and caught the defence out, she played a great through-ball to Julie Hope, who swept the ball past the keeper into the net, 1-0.
Harrogate tried to press again, but KS managed to break with the ball, and with some back-and-forth play, Lucy Potter picked the ball up on the ride side of the D, Potter dodged past a couple of defenders, and then dinked the ball over another defender, played it back to Julie Hope, who hit it first time lifted past the keeper into the left of the netting, 2-0.
Harrogate continued to press but with KS’s superb young keeper, Sophie Winder, saving shots at all angles, with the defence (Mel Parkin, Vicki Capstick, Jenny Coates, Kara Simpson and Jessica Harrison) cleaning up and clearing the ball throughout the game.
After a team talk at half time, Harrogate stepped up again in the start of the second half. Harrogate managed to sneak the ball into the D, with an attacker sprinting in, knocking the ball over the goal line, 2-1.
Harrogate scored their second goal after a scramble after 3 penalty corners in the D, and KS managed to save the ball from crossing the line, but the umpire awarded the away side with a penalty flick. Harrogate’s player stepped up, a fellow Cumbrian (originally from Kirkby Lonsdale Hockey Club), to face Sophie Winder in the goals. Although Sophie was close to saving the ball with her stick whilst diving to the right, Harrogate managed to gain their second goal, 2-2.
From this point, with some hope for Harrogate, the game was a fight from end to end. With some tremendous play throughout the pitch with the defence, midfield (Rach Gowing, Catherine Ewbank, Heidi Maughan, Julie Hope, and Anthea Bowman) and forwards (Lucy Potter, Anna Pigney, and Ella Capstick).
Vicki Capstick played the ball forward, with it bouncing over the defender’s stick, Julie Hope ran and picked up the ball, playing a one-two with Lucy Potter in the D, and Hope snook the ball past the keeper, from a tight angle, into the goal, 3-2.
Kirkby Stephen continued to push for a confirmed win, Julie Hope played a disguised ball to Anthea Bowman in the D, who deflected the ball towards the top left of the goal, where Anna Pigney volleyed the ball past the keeper, with some aerial skills from both players, to score a belting 4th goal, to finish the game at 4-2.
“Man of the match” was awarded to birthday girl, Julie Hope, after her endless efforts on the pitch, with involvement in all of the goals. Most definitely deserving that birthday cake at the end of the day!