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KSHC Ladies 1s V Carlisles 1s

Kirkby Stephen 1sts played a friendly against Carlisle 1sts in the lead up to the season ahead.  After winning their friendly away at Garstang two weeks before, Kirkby Stephen began the game with a positive mindset.
 
Carlisle challenged KS in the first half, making it difficult for home side to play their own game.  After several attempts with some tremendous saves by Carlisle’s keeper, Kirkby Stephen managed to score their first goal.  Ella Capstick hastled the defence and won the ball back brilliantly, finding Lucy Potter in the middle of the D, where Lucy slotted it past the on rushing keeper.  
 
The next goal for the home team came from a penalty corner, involving a lot of attempts on goal and saves from the keeper from all angles, and Anthea Bowman managed to flick it past the keeper and sticks into the bottom left corner.
 
After a motivational team talk from coach, Janette McWhirter, Kirkby Stephen started the second half focusing on their own strengths.
 
There was some lovely passing throughout the pitch, the ball was knocked up to Lucy Potter, who defeated the defence, found space in the D and placed it in the far right corner.  
 
The fourth goal came turning over Carlisle’s hit out, where Heidi Maughan won the ball, and made a fierce run down the left, took on a defender, and powerfully struck the ball at the top of the D to ricocheted off the backboard. 
 
The 5th goal was scored by Ella Capstick; with a shot saved by their keeper, Ella managed to sweep the ball past the goal line. 
 
The 6th goal followed straight after the 5th goal, KS won it back from Carlisle pushback from the centre and Julie Hope dribbled through the Carlisle out-field players and round the keeper to the back of the goal.  
 
With the pressure from KS defending, Anthea won the ball from Carlisle, and played a quick breakaway to Lucy, who passed it to Jan Hope who placed it in corner. 
 
Carlisle managed to gain one goal from an unsaveable drag flick in the top left corner from their third penalty corner of the game.
 
Despite all the goals scored, the team were excited to welcome Catherine Ewbank back, but also from front-to-back, everyone had some involvement in each goal.  Sophie Winder made some tremendous saves in goal to keep the conceded goals down to 1, alongside Mel Parkin, Cara Simpson, Vicki Capstick, Rach Gowing, and Nicole Clegg.
 
Man of the match was given to Lucy Potter, for her continued play making from the start to finish, like a young Lionel Messi on a hockey field, contributing to the majority of the goals, for a final result of 7-1.
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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.
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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.