Ladies 1s

About our Ladies 1st Team

Our team and club has grown from strength to strength and the Ladies 1st team are now holding their own in the North West Premier Division, the highest league the club has ever reached making this one of the strongest ladies hockey teams in Cumbria. We strive to keep looking forward and being the best team we can be, and we are extremely proud to be a high achieving small town club in a top flight league. A lot of our players have come through our junior programme but we always welcome new players who are looking at playing a higher level of hockey. 

Training Times

  • We train on a Wednesday night 7-8.30pm at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.
  • Thursday 8-9pm - GET BACK TO HOCKEY.ย This session is open to all ages, ability and genders and is all about enjoying hockey! We tend to play an informal match which you can take as seriously as you want. Not played hockey for a while? Then this is the session for you!

Fixtures/Results/Table

  • CLICK HERE to get up to date information on our upcoming fixtures, results and the current league table

Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1s 6-1 Lytham St Annes

Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1s headed over to Lytham St Annes last week, all arriving slightly behind schedule, and therefore having to warm up in minimal time.

Lytham used this to their advantage, and were better team for the first 15mins but Kirkby Stephen defended well and held them off.

Kirkby Stephen’s first goal came against the run of play, the ball was won in midfield, where we broke quickly, with a textbook passing move, Heidi Maughan played a pass to Lucy Potter on the back post, and Potter nurtured the ball over the goal line.

Shortly after half time, Lucy Potter won a penalty corner. Anna Pigney injected the ball out to the top of the D, where Julie Hope struck the ball, Lytham deflected the ball from reaching the goal, but Martha Bainbridge cleaned up by volleying it into the goal. After the celebration of the goal, the girls ran back, where Rachael Gowing excitably ran backwards, stumbled and fell into a snow-angel position… And this began the away sides goal celebration!

Lytham snook a goal in on the left post, after pressing Kirkby Stephen with sheer determination.

The 3rd away goal came from tremendous team work at the back, passing it around and out through to midfield. The ball was then played to Mags Donnelly in the D, who slipped it to Lucy Potter, Lucy passed it across goal to Anna Pigney on back post, where Anna smashed it in the backboard. Julie Hope celebrated, inspired by Rachael.

The 4th goal, Nicole Clegg took a speedy sideline, drove round the back of the defence with her speed, and played it into Martha who was running in on the penalty spot, and Martha slipped it passed the keeper. Anthea Bowman celebrated, inspired by Rachael.

The 5th goal came from when Heidi played a powerball from half way line, breaking the line of the whole of their midfield, Martha picked it up on the reverse fantastically on the top of the D, beat the defender and struck it into the corner, where she gained her hattrick!

The 6th and final goal, also came from midfield, where Nicole gave straight pass to Lucy, Lucy remained composed, defeating the keeper and knocking it into the bottom corner!

Considering it was the first game back in 2022, a delayed start after a rushed warm up, the Kirkby Stephen side soon jumped into their family spirit and played with joy & passion. GK, Sophie Winder; defenders, Jenny Coates, Vicki Capstick, Jessica Harrison; midfield, Rachael Gowing, Julie Hope, Anthea Bowman, Heidi Maughan, Nicole Clegg; forwards, Lucy Potter, Anna Pigney, Mags Donnelly and the hattrick-scoring ‘man of the match’, Martha Bainbridge.

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Ladies 1s V Deesside Ramblers 0-0 THRILLER!

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.

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