KSHC 1s Vs Brooklands Poynton Ladies 1s

It was a blustery and wet start to the game but Kirkby Stephen knew how the typical Cumbrian weather worked on their side.  It was an important game for Kirkby Stephen to secure 3 points in the fight to avoid relegation.  Brooklands sit bottom but KS are having to fight in their last few games to ensure they stay in the North Premier Division.

With the determination and assurance of their ’12th player’, Kirkby Stephen managed to keep a clean sheet; with some tremendous saves from Sophie Winder (GK), and then clearances and breaks from Jenny Coates, Rachael Gowing, Vicki Capstick, Lucy Ewbank and Emma Thorpe.  Throughout the whole game, the ball was distributed among the team, through the midfield (Heidi Maughan, Nicole Clegg, Julie Hope, Anna Pigney and Anthea Bowman), and placing it up front to the forwards (Lucy Potter, Ella Capstick and Amy Potter).  
KS’s first goal came from a break won by Jenny Coates, playing the ball to Heidi Maughan, who played the ball down the line to Lucy Potter.  Lucy ran and squared it into the D to Amy Potter, who was 1-on-1 with the keeper, and slipped the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal; 1-0.
Kirkby Stephen won a penalty corner, Nicole Clegg injected the ball to Julie Hope, who struck the ball and the keeper fortunately saved it, however, Amy Potter bagged her second by cleaning up the rebound on the back post; 2-0. 
The third goal came from Heidi Maughan on the left side, taking on a defender and slipping the ball to Anna Pigney on the left post, who crossed the ball back to penalty spot and Amy Potter swept the ball into the backboard; 3-0.
Kirkby Stephen were elated with a 3-0 victory, and of course, Amy Potter was awarded man of the match for her tremendous movement on and off the ball, and scoring a superb hattrick! 
Kirkby Stephen play away Sheffield Hallam Ladies 1s on Saturday 14th March.

Ladies 1s V Newcastle Uni 23/11/19

Becoming tradition the day started off with banana bread, one of Anthea Bowmans best it has to be said. 

This seemed to fuel the team from the off as within the first 30 seconds Bowman perfectly weighted the ball to the top of the D, where Anna Pigney sent the ball straight passed the Newcastle keeper from the top of the D. Kirkby struggled to settle in the game after this and before the end of the first half Newcastle had equalised the game to 1-1 after a penalty corner routine.

Still in the game, but knowing they needed to up the pace Kirkby came back out after half time looking for a win. Team Captain Racheal Gowing put herself on the line stopping a ball on the goal line, shortly followed by a player on the opposition getting a ball to the head putting both players on the bench. This injury time stopped play for a short while and Newcastle came back fighting winning and converting several penalty corners within short succession. The home defence worked hard defending in open play but before they knew it Kirkby had lost control of the score line. The final score was 1-6 to Newcastle Uni, leaving Kirkby with lots to work on but looking forward to regaining control in their away game next week against Lancaster.


Ladies 1s V Liverpool Sefton 16/11/19

KSHC travelled to Liverpool, and unfortunately started with the first 15 minutes predominantly in their own half.  However, once they had warned up, they soon began to challenge Liverpool Sefton.  Sefton managed to gain 2 goals in the first half from routined pieces for penalty corners.

After a motivating halftime team talk by coach, Janette McWhirter, the team set out to a mean start.  Distributing the ball throughout the team, from the back to the forwards; Sophie Winder, Jenny Coates, Rachel Gowing, Emma Thorpe, Lucy Ewbank, Anthea Bowman, Julie Hope, Anna Pigney, Georgia Chapman, Heidi Maughan, Lucy Potter, Nicole Clegg, Ella Capstick and Amy Potter. 

Kirkby Stephen fought for a penalty corner, where they managed to net their first goal.  Anthea Bowman injected the ball out to the top of the D to Lucy Potter, two defenders came out to Lucy, and she slipped the ball on the left to Julie Hope, who flicked the ball into the back of the net.

The second goal came from Heidi Maughan’s tremendous defending in the KS D, picking up the ball and went around 4 of Seftons players, she passed an impeccable ball to Lucy Potter down the right wing, who quickly squared the ball Julie Hope, scoring a relieving goal with a superb finish past the keeper. 

The result finished 2-2, and man of the match was awarded to Sophie Winder for her tremendous saves left, right and centre, keeping KS in the game.