2013 /14 Final Table & Match Reports.
29.03.14 New Beccs 0 Faversham 2
Faversham went into their final game of the season hoping for a victory to lift them above their opponents into a creditable 7th place finish and duly obliged with a comfortable 2-0 victory. In warm conditions and sporting a new all navy away kit, the visitors held firm in the first half and it was 0-0 at the break. The second half saw Faversham take advantage of their opportunuties and it was Skipper Clare Smithson who eventually broke the deadlock, latching onto Lisa Chapman's pass and making no mistake for her 16th of another fruitful season. Although the home side applied pressure to the Faversham defence, the game faces were on and the determination to keep only their second clean sheet of the season was evident, with 'keeper Lyn Kent in good form.
Faversham sealed the win emphatically when Bev Warrener blasted the ball in after a good run for her first of the season, thus becoming the 7th Faversham goalscorer of the season and clinching that 7th place finish - great way to end the season.
Congratulations to Tunbridge Wells and Cobdown on taking the top two league positions and now we must wait to see if the local rivalry with Herne Bay will be renewed next season as they fight for promotion from Division 5!
22.03.14 Faversham 1 Gravesend 1
Faversham earned a well deserved point with a hard fought draw against Gravesend. There were no goals in an even first half with limited chances for both teams. The home side were forced to start the second half with only 10 players, with Lisa Chapman unable to take to the field through illness. Faversham defended well and went close from a couple of short corners, but it was the visitors who struck first midway through the half. Faversham kept pressing and were eventually rewarded when they won a short corner with around 7 minutes remaining. Alison Sheather's shot was saved by the keeper but the ball fell to Chapman who had rejoined the game and her goal bound strike took a slight deflection off skipper Clare Smithson's stick for a deserved equaliser. Both sides went all out for the win, but could not find the net and the match finished 1-1.
15.03.14 Tunbridge Wells 5 Faversham 1
Playing the league leaders who had already scored 82 goals so far this season was never going to be easy. Faversham had a great first half -the home side took the lead but Faversham equalised via the Skipper and Tunbridge Wells sneaked a second just before half time. Unfortunately the visitors had a bleak 10 mins early in the second half conceding 3 in quick succession, but then recovered to finish well and not concede any more. So 5-1 but some good play in places and an outrageous save to remember from 'keeper Lyn Kent near the end.
08.03.14 Faversham 1 Dartford 2
Another closely fought game, but with no reward this time for Faversham as they narrowly lost to promotion chasing Dartford. The visitors made all the first half running and Faversham defended stoutly, but found themselves one down at the break after a fortuitous deflection. The second half was much more even and the home side thought they had done enough to earn a point when Nikki 'Nutmeg' Maple swept in an equaliser and Lucy 'Dave' Cameron made a brilliant goal-line clearance. Unfortunately Dartford managed to find a winner 10 minutes from time.
01.03.14 Sevenoaks 3 Faversham 3
After 4 weeks without a game, Faversham eventually returned to league action and produced a stunning comeback from 3-1 down to earn a point away at Sevenoaks. They started well, taking the lead in the first half when Alison Sheather's short corner strike was diverted in via a combination of the home defence and Skipper Clare Smithson. Sevenoaks squared the match just before half time after some sustained pressure and hit Faversham again early in the second half with two quick strikes. This was the spark the visitors needed to move up a gear and managed to pull one back after a great run and cross from the excellent Bev Warrener, which was lashed into the net by Smithson. Nurse Warrener was having an eventful game, having earlier patched up a nasty head injury to an opposition player! Faversham continued to press with Emma Wink covering acres of the pitch driving the visitors forward. A few minutes from the end, the pressure was rewarded when Sheather robbed the ball from an attempted clearance and found Smithson unmarked in the circle, who held her nerve with an unerring finish past the despairing 'keeper for her hat-trick and a great point for the team. Maybe it was Sheila Enfield's 'Happy' dance pre-match that made the difference!!
01.02.14 Burnt Ash 2 Faversham 1
Burnt Ash exacted revenge for the 2-1 defeat suffered against Faversham back in October, coming from a goal down to snatch victory in this close contest fought in blustery conditions. The visitors grabbed the lead when Karen Page struck impressively from a short corner, but Burnt Ash equalised soon after and took the points with a goal 10 minutes from time. Faversham now have two game-free weeks to regroup before travelling to the tropical delights of the Jackey Baker ground to take on Cliftonville on the 22nd!
25.01.14 Faversham 1 Anchorians 1
Faversham were unable to secure all three points to celebrate the Skipper's birthday as they were forced to settle for a draw at home to Anchorians. They started well, but suffered an early blow as Lisa 'now doubtful' Martin had to leave the field with a hamstring injury. Fortunately Faversham were blessed with a starting squad of 14, including the returning Nikki 'Nutmeg' Maple. They eventually took the lead in the first half thanks to Karen Page's unerring stike from a short corner, but were unable to capitalise further and were pegged back in the second half. Both sides went in search of a winner and Faversham went closest but were thwarted by some dogged goal-line defence and a couple of good saves from the visiting 'keeper. The point moves Faversham up to 5th in the league table.
18.01.14 Cobdown 4 Faversham 0
Back in action after a 5 week break, Faversham did not have the easiest of tasks travelling to league leaders Cobdown. The home side started well and Faversham found themselves 3 down by half time, but rallied well in the second half to only concede one more.
They were also delighted to welcome back 'keeper Lyn Kent after a lengthy lay-off and can now look forward to a home fixture next week against Anchorians.
07.12.13 Faversham 1 Maidstone 0
Faversham end 2013 in 5th place in the league thanks to a hard fought victory over Maidstone. The only goal of the game came early in the first half when newlywed Lisa 'Montoya' Martin slotted into the corner after her initial shot was saved by the 'keeper.
Although the home side dominated possession, they were unable to add to their tally due to some dogged Maidstone defence, especially from short corners as they made three fine goal-line clearances.
The only real chance for the visitors also came from a short corner, but they were denied by an equally excellent clearance by Lucy 'Dave' Cameron, thus also securing the first clean sheet of the season.
Faversham were buoyed this week with a good luck message and subsequent well done from legendary paralympian Tanni Gey-Thomspon via Twitter!
The league campaign now doesn't resume until 18th January, so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
30.11.13 Faversham 2 New Beccs 1
Faversham dramatically stole all three points in a last gasp victory against New Beccs. They found themselves a goal down at half time despite dominating the game and restricting the visitors to only one clear cut chance, which they took and Faversham were unable to convert numerous opportunities.
However, the equaliser came early in the second half when Alison Sheather's short corner strike was diverted in from close range by skipper Clare Smithson. Faversham continued to dominate but the visitors managed to somehow keep the score level until the very last minute when good play down the right wing from Alexia Wilton led to the ball falling to late substitute Rachel Griffiths who managed to nudge it to Smithson to beat the 'keeper for her second of the match and 10th of the season.
A richly deserved victory, excellent team performance and three crucial points.
23.11.13 Gravesend 3 Faversham 1
In a carbon copy of their previous fixture, Faversham were again forced to come back from a two goal deficit and although Alexia Wilton pulled one back, the visitors couldn't create enough chances to force an equaliser and were again punished late on.
On a lighter note we'd all like to congratulate Lisa 'Montoya' Chapman on her marriage to Mr David '3D' Martin in Florida on 15th November - some of us were lucky enough to attend and enjoyed a great day with the happy couple. Unfortunately due to an extended honeymoon, she won't be back in time to play next week!!
09.11.13 Dartford 3 Faversham 1
Conceding two goals in the first half proved too much of a mountain to climb for Faversham as they fought back well in the second half with Clare Smithson pulling one back, but the visitors were unable to find the crucial equaliser and were hit by a sucker punch late on to surrender the points to the home side.
02.11.13 Faversham 2 Sevenoaks 2
Faversham rediscovered some home form as they twice led against Sevenoaks but had to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw. The home side took the lead when Lisa 'Montoya' Chapman fired in from a short corner, but were pegged back before half time with a deflected goal from the visitors.
Faversham took the lead again early in the second half when Alison Sheather's long free hit found Clare Smithson free in the D who squared the ball to the onrushing Sheila 'still evergreen Foxy' Enfield who struck a fine shot across the keeper and into the corner.
The home side had chances to extend their lead but were thwarted by some dogged Sevenoaks defence and were ultimately punished by a controvertial second goal for the visitors and a share of the spoils.
A minutes silence was held before the game in memory of Beth Freeman of Edenbridge Hockey Club who tragically lost her life in Monday's storm. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and team-mates.
26.10.13 Faversham 2 Tunbridge Wells 6
Faversham suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when the current league leaders came to visit. Both halves were lost 3-1 with Clare Smithson netting in the first half and Karen Page continuing her blistering run of scoring form (2 games!) with a deflected effort from a short corner. The dubious goals committee have awarded Page the goal as her initial shot was on target!
19.10.13 Faversham 2 Cliftonville 4
A dominant first half performance and a first Faversham goal for Alexia Wilton saw the home team take a deserved 1-0 lead into the break. Wilton slotted home after a great run from Emma Wink and Faversham had further chances to wrap the match up before half time. Unfortunately for them, the second half was a different story with the visitors attacking in greater numbers and benefitting from a couple of handy deflections to lead 3-1. Faversham pulled a goal back from a Karen Page short corner, but were finished off late on by a 4th Cliftonville goal.
05.10.13 Faversham 2 Burnt Ash 1
Despite going a goal down in the first half, Faversham roared back with two of their own to secure all three points and third place in the league table with a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Burnt Ash.
There were chances at both ends in an even and entertaining game, but Faversham were the more clinical with Skipper Clare Smithson scoring both - the first following up two blocked shots from a short corner and the second latching onto Alison Sheather's through ball and tucking it neatly in the corner. Faversham defended well against a succession of short corners and the visitors were unable to find an equaliser.
28.09.13 Anchorians 2 Faversham 5
Faversham moved up to 4th in the league table with an impressive victory at Anchorians. First half goals from Lisa 'Montoya' Chapman and Skipper Clare Smithson put the visitors in control but the home side pulled one back early in the second half following a goalmouth scramble. Faversham welcomed back winger Nikki 'Nutmeg' Maple for her first game for a year and she provided the impetus needed with three good assists. The Skipper bagged two more goals to complete her first hat-trick of the season and Chapman also added another to her tally. Anchorians scored another with a blistering strike from a short corner, but the visitors ran out worthy winners to extend their impressive away record.
21.09.13 Faversham 0 Cobdown 2
Faversham conceded a goal in each half and were unable to break down the opposition defence in this 2-0 home defeat. The visitors may have been expecting a bigger victory margin after inflicting a heavier beating towards the end of last season. The home team defended doggedly and stand-in 'keeper Sue Isles put in another impressive performance between the sticks to thwart Cobdown on several occasions.
14.09.13 Maidstone 1 Faversham 2
Faversham began the new season in great style, running out 2-1 winners away at Maidstone. They began brightly and were unfortunate to be a goal down at half time. Faversham were quick out the blocks in the second half and levelled the match when Olivia Page fed the ball into the evergreen Sheila "Foxy" Enfield who fired the ball past the home 'keeper with great aplomb.
Faversham debutant Emma Wink also capped a fine performance by setting up Skipper Clare Smithson for what proved to be the winning goal as Faversham dug in and held on for a fine victory, thanks to a superb goal-line clearance from Sara Griffiths and cool goalkeeping from stand in 'keeper Sue Isles.
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