Kirkby Stephen 1st team headed to Sale, Manchester, on Saturday to take on Brooklands Poynton 2nds.
After some tremendous play from the back with Rachael Gowing, Jenny Coates & Jessica Harrison, Jenny powered the ball down to Heidi Maughan on the left wing. Heidi smoothly deflected the ball through her legs, where Anna Pigney picked it up, after superb movement off the ball, drove into the D and slipped the ball to Lucy Potter on the right post, where Potter placed the ball into the goal.
Only minutes later, Julie Hope played a brilliant disguised pass from the defensive D through the sea of players, finding Lucy on the top of the attacking D, with no defenders in sight, the goalkeeper ran out to pressure Lucy but she calmly slipped the ball to Anna, who smashed the ball into the backboard, 2-0.
The game was fast-paced, physical and back-and-forth, which entailed a lot of running for the midfield, Nicole Clegg, Anthea Bowman, Lilia Hutchinson, Tilly Rose, Heidi Maughan and Julie Hope. And lots of resilient defending, and fantastic saves from Sophie Winder, however Brooklands Poynton they managed to get their first goal from a slick set-piece penalty corner just on the half time whistle, 2-1.
Kirkby Stephen had chances on the break after half term but were under pressure, they dealt with this well, and did the same, with Lucy Potter, Anna Pigney & Mags Donnelly closing them down on the ball, generating many fouls which lead to KS winning a penalty corner. The ball was injected out by Anna to the top of the D on Lucy’s stick, Lucy slipped the ball left to Heidi, who calmly slotted the ball past the wall of defenders and into far corner, 3-1.
After a lot of physical play, which did not affect Tilly & Lilia on their debut, the ball was fought for back & forth on the pitch, nor Mags Donnelly who pressured their defence until she won the ball. Brooklands were awarded a penalty flick, after Rachael saved the ball on the line, taking a mighty crack to the knee. Brooklands player stepped up, and the tension built, she slipped it to the bottom right of the goal, but Sophie dived left, and Sophie still managed to catch her toe on the ball to divert it out of play.
Man of the match was awarded to Nicole Clegg for fighting on in the midfield, with endless sprints back & forth down the right wing. Kirkby Stephen play their Derby team, Kendal 1sts, at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School on Saturday 20th November, 1pm start.