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.