2014-15 Season

 

Faversham Ladies Hockey Club

2014 / 15 Final Table & Match Reports.

21.03.15 Old Bordenians 2 Faversham 2

Faversham's visit to high flying local rivals Old Bordenians ended with them taking what could be a vital point in their battle against relegation. After disappointing losses to Herne Bay and Maidstone, Faversham produced a stirring performance against their 2nd placed hosts. Having withstood the home team's early pressure, Faversham went into half time with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a brilliant individual goal from Emma Wink, who picked up the ball on half way and ran purposefully at the home defence, ultimately leaving herself facing the 'keeper and calmly slotting the ball home. Just after half time Faversham made it two as Olivia Page was set free by Sheila Enfield and found herself one on one with the 'keeper - having sold her a great dummy, she too showed great composure to walk the ball in. Unfortuantely for Faversham, going two goals down inspired the home team to their best period of hockey and they pulled it back to 2-1. Then with 5 minutes left, they netted an equaliser. Faversham hung on bravely to preserve the well earned point, which leaves them 3 points clear of Maidstone with a better goal difference. It all concludes next weekend as Faversham entertain New Beccs

 

21.02.15 Gravesend 1 Faversham 1

Faversham's goal drought ended and a valuable point was gained with a 1-1 draw away at Gravesend. The home team started well and went a goal up in the first half, but Faversham equalised just after the break, albeit via a slightly fortunate own goal, deflected in from Karen Page's venomous hit. The point was fully deserved though as both teams enjoyed good spells of play but neither was able to break down the opposing defences. Faversham also faced some overly officious umpiring, with the Silver Fox close to receiving a green card (!) and survived a succession of short corners right at the death.

 

16.01.15 Last 2 games end in defeat, despite improved performance

Faversham were unable to convert two good performances into points, slipping to defeat against Burnt Ash and Sevenoaks. They now face Gravesend at the weekend in a crucial match in the battle to avoid relegation.

 

31.01.15 BromBecks 0 Faversham 0

After the luxury of having 13 players available last week, Faversham were forced to travel to a freezing Beckenham with only 10! However those 10 performed brilliantly to come away with a well deserved point. Everyone played their part with some dogged defence and some useful attacking play. Faversham did get the ball in the net, but creditably owned up to a kick which was seen by everyone bar the umpire! BromBecks had some good attacking play but lacked an end product and Lyn Kent was rarely troubled. Faversham now host Burnt Ash and will be hoping to have a full squad available.

 

In other news...the legendary Sheila 'Foxy' Enfield hit the big 6-0 (yes sixty) just before Christmas and was presented with a commemorative cake after Saturdays game. A great example to all of us! See our Gallery for the evidence.

 

24.01.15 Faversham 0 Dartford 1

Faversham began the new year with 13 players available and an excellent performance against unbeaten league leaders Dartford. After withstanding some early Dartford pressure, the home team really grew into the game playing some of their best hockey of the season, but could not quite find the breakthrough. They defended doggedly and looked to have secured what would have been a magnificent point when the visitors struck with 2 minutes left on the clock. A disappointing end to a great match but Faversham will take many positives from this into the next game away at Brom Becks.

 

Pre Christmas update

Three more games were played in the run up to Christmas and all ended in defeat for Faversham as they struggled for players. Two home defeats against Old Bordenians and Meopham and an away loss at New Beccs, scoring only one goal in the process - Emma Wink's first for the club.

 

15.11.14 Faversham 0 Cliftonville 0

Another point on the board which moves Faversham into the top half of the table, but could have been more had it not been for the excellence of the Cliftonville goalkeeper. Sheila 'Foxy' Enfield did manage to beat the 'keeper only to see her shot cleared off the line and Faversham were unable to find any other way past. A fifth clean sheet of the season secured the point.

 

08.11.14 Faversham 1 Maidstone 0

There was a point in this match where it looked like Faversham might never manage to make the breakthrough their possession deserved. It did eventually come when Clare Smithson forced the ball home after a goalmouth melee following a short corner. A very welcome 3 points.

 

01.11.14 Herne Bay 2 Faversham 0

This eagerly anticipated local derby ended in defeat for Faversham, despite a spirited second half performance. The damage was done in the first half as Herne Bay scored two quick goals and Faversham were unable to find a reply in an entertaining contest. The makeshift back line of Sheila Enfield and Sue Stevenson deserve a special mention for a fine defensive performance with Stevenson making a great goal-line clearance and Enfield defying the years with some crucial interceptions. Faversham also welcomed back Nikki 'Nutmeg' Maple for her first appearance of the season.

 

18.10.14 Faversham 0 Gravesend 2

Goals either side of half time clinched the points for Gravesend and Faversham were unable to find a response, despite the support of a capacity crowd! Things might have turned out differently, had Lisa Chapman's instinctive strike not cannoned off the post when the score was still 0-0. They now have a break until 1/11 when they will hope to have a full squad to choose from for the local derby with Herne Bay.

 

11.10.14 Burnt Ash 0 Faversham 0

Faversham secured another league point with a battling performance in a goalless draw away at Burnt Ash. The home side probably had more possession and a large number of short corners, but were unable to break down a solid Faversham defence.

Faversham welcomed back Rachel Griffiths for her first match of the season and she almost capped an impressive performance with a goal, just unable to apply the finishing touch to a cross right near the end.

The draw leaves Faversham in 6th position in a very close Division 4 with only 2 points separating 3rd and 8th.

 

 

04.10.14 Faversham 3 Bromley & Beckenham 2

Faversham maintained their unbeaten (new) home record with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bromley & Beckenham. They took the lead in the first half when skipper Clare Smithson opened her account for the season, but the visitors were awarded a penalty corner on the stroke of half time and managed to equalise.

Faversham then regained the lead early in the second half with Smithson again the scorer. BromBecks fought hard to level, but were thwarted by some dogged defence and an excellent save from Lyn Kent. With Olivia Page and Alexia Wilton causing problems down the right hand side, the home side eventually netted a third - this time it was Lisa ‘Montoya’ Marchap-Tinman who forced the ball in. Again Faversham were subjected to more BromBeck pressure resulting in a second goal with a few minutes remaining, but Faversham held on for a priceless three points.

 

 

27.09.14 Dartford 5 Faversham 0

The unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end away at Dartford, who now sit top of the league after three games. Faversham struggled from the start, only being able to field 11 players, several of whom were carrying injuries. At 4-0 down at half time, Faversham could have capitulated, but showed great resolve in the second half, only conceding once. Back to home turf next week to face Bromley & Beckenham.

 

20.09.14 Faversham 0 Sevenoaks 0

Another point on the board for Faversham as they marked their first match at their new home ground with a hard fought goalless draw with Sevenoaks. The home team created some good openings in the first half, but found the Sevenoaks defence hard to beat. At the other end, the visitors had some good approach play but could not find a finish to match. 'Keeper Lyn Kent made one outstanding save for Faversham, diving acrobatically to her right. With neither team able to break the deadlock, a draw was probably a fair result.

Next week, Faversham travel to early pacesetters Dartford.

 

13.09.14 Meopham 0 Faversham 1

Faversham followed their usual pre-season routine to great effect once again - turning up after not playing (or training) for six months and securing a well-earned victory over newly-promoted Meopham!

They also had to endure two kit changes, due to a colour clash, playing the first half in their navy away kit but changing, at the request of the opposition, to white shirts at half time! The white shirts proved to be the luckiest when after a goal-less first half, Emma Wink set off on a driving run at the home defence and set up Alexia Wilton to score the only goal of the game.

Faversham held on to take the points and a well deserved clean sheet to celebrate 'keeper Lyn Kent's 50th birthday.

Next week Faversham will play their first home fixture at their new ground at Westlands School in Sittingbourne.

 

 

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