Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1s started the day with a thorough & intense warm up in preparation for the fellow unbeaten team in the league.
Deeside Ramblers have not conceded many goals so the home side knew it was going to be hard to break them down to find that goal.
It was a very high intensity game with Kirkby playing some of their best hockey of the season. Kirkby Stephen defended brilliantly as a team, and some great saves made by Sophie Winder, and limited their shots on goal. Poor Jenny Coates managed to get clipped by one of the Deeside sticks, sporting a swollen lip & bust nose, but with her tough old Cumbrian boots on, Jenny continued with the game like a trooper! Heidi Maughan managed to receive a card, however not a Christmas one, it was a green card, meaning she was sin binned for 2 mins, due to a crucial stick tackle in the Ramblers counterattack.
Kirkby Stephen pressured the away side with some fast breaks, and some great passes up the pitch to the forwards (Lucy Potter, Anna Pigney and Mags Donnelly) who had some great chances, but unfortunately couldn’t manage to convert anything with Deeside Ramblers keeper keeping the away side making it very difficult to get the ball over the goal line. In the middle of the park, Nicole Clegg, Heidi Maughan, Julie Hope, Rachael Gowing, Mel Parkin and Anthea Bowman covered some miles on the pitch with a lot of back-and-forth running. The steel wall of defence, Jessica Harrison, Vicki Capstick and Jenny Coates, intimidated the attack, letting very few past, as always.
Kirkby kept fighting until the end, winning a penalty corner seconds before the full time whistle was blown. The corner was allowed to be played out, and all the team stepped up to try and find that winning goal, but unfortunately the deflection caught a home foot before reaching the backboard, so it was disallowed.
A tremendous battle to finish the last home game of 2021. Kirkby Stephen still remain top of the league, with more wins in their bag. Man of the match was awarded to Mel Parkin & Julie Hope for their superb tackles, distribution of the ball, and giving the team the motivation throughout the game. Kirkby Stephen face Liverpool Sefton 2nds away Saturday 11th December, another team at the top end of the league.