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.