2015-16 Season

 

Faversham Ladies Hockey Club

2015/16 Final Table & Match Reports

 

 

19.03.2016 Burnt Ash 4 Faversham 1

Faversham played this last match of the season with a squad of just 10 - with several key players unavailable.

The squad has been severely depleted since Christmas with injuries and illness and this last game of the season proved to be no different. With players out of position and a first outing for the season for Becky Philpott after injury Fav were always going to struggle. Conceding immediately ffrom the push back the Ladies gave themselves a mountain to climb.

With the scoreline looking quite harsh there were moments when Fav produced some quality hockey, but sadly the rotation of the oppo with a full team of substitutes to call on held sway.

An end of a season that sees Fav finish 8th and survive for yet another season in Division 4.

 

12.3.2016 Faversham 4 Meopham 0

Faversham had one of their finest results of the season in this must win game at Westlands.

With a full squad available for the fixture each member of the team played out of their skin to get the 3 points. With intricate control, flowing moves, a positive forward line, a creative midfield and a rock steady defence the Ladies will look back on this game as being the highlight of the season - with the three points ensuring survival in Division 4 for next season.

In reality - Meopham conceded and gifted Faversham the points taking their total for 21, ensuring that the Ladies finish the season above both Meopham and Holcombe, who have played one game more and cannot now catch Faversham.

The Ladies will look forward to their final game of the season next week against Burnt Ash, playing for pride and a higher position in the table with the relegation pressure off.

 

5.03.16 Gravesend 5 Faversham 0

Another week where illness ravaged the team and Faversham played a game with a team of 9. An uphill battle for the Ladies against a side who used their extra players well and passed around the Faversham players. Faversham will hope that for next weeks game against bottom of the league Meopham they have a full team to ensure 3 points and help stave off relegation fears.

 

27.02.16 Faversham 1 Holcombe 1

After conceding due to illness and injury last week Faversham again only started with a squad of 9 for this fixture at Westlands.

With the 8 outfield players getting their sticks into tackles and running from end to end in support of each other Faversham took the lead halfway through the first half from a short corner - with Karen Page connecting well from Alison Sheather's layoff - the old short corner routine working well with Sheila Enfield providing the flick out.

The defence held well - with Faversham playing with a 2-2-4 combination and most of Holcombes attacks coming down their right through the same player the experience of Favershams left side - indeed the only side with some regularity of positions and players - meant that most shots were dealt with well at source. Communication was key between the players in marking space and the team play and performance has got to go down as one of the best this season.

There will remain some controversy over the equaliser from Holcombe with the Faversham defence all stopping after they believed the ball to have gone out of play - however Holcombe played to the whistle and got their goal.

A point prior to the game would have been taken by most of the team however Fav will feel disappointed not to have taken the full 3 points after their performance and the way in which the equaliser was conceded.

Onto next weeks lunchtime game at Gravesend- with the hope that the team members who are ill can recover from the ailments affecting them.

 

20.02.16 New Beccahamians 4 Faversham 0 (Conceded)

With illness and injury affecting the squad this half term Faversham were unable to raid the local bus stops or nursing homes and had to concede the 3 points - moving down a place in the division to just behind New Beccs.

Faversham will be hoping all squad members are fit and raring to go for next weeks home game against Holcombe.

 

06.02.16 Faversham 0 Herne Bay 0

With a squad of 13 available for the return leg of the local derby Faversham were at full strength with the return of Karen Page and Lucy Cameron.

Despite the incredibly windy and gusty conditions and the look of the scoreline Fav had probably their finest game of the season - the team worked well together and several chances were carved out, with crosses and shots into the D that those on the forward line could just not quite connect with.

At the other end of the field the defence kept Herne Bay at the edge of their D and limited them to just two shots on target and two short corners - both of which were dealt with well.

Probably the most passionate performance of the season from Faversham; with some great comunication and teamwork, well timed tackles and the determination to beat the conditions they overcome the oppositions youthfulness and high energy and will take some confidence into the next away game at New Beccs.

 

30.1.2016 Sevenoaks 7's 1 Faversham 3 (Friendly)

Faversham will be pleased to finally return to winning ways, albeit with this as a friendly game and no points involved.

Again missing 2 members of their usual team the makeshift defence held well for Saturday's late game hosted by Sevenoaks. An opening goal from Lisa Chapman, followed by 2 goals from Skipper Clare Smithson will do wonders for the confidence of the team as they look forward to next weeks derby game against rivals Herne Bay.

 

23.9.2016 Faversham 0 Bromley & Beckenham 8

Perhaps this one just needs to be chalked up to experience and moved on from quickly.

A scoreline that belies the team spirit shown in a match where Faversham started without two key players and others playing out of position.

Looking forward to next weeks friendly against Sevenoaks where the Ladies will hope for a return in confidence and form before the local derby with Herne Bay the following week.

 

16.9.16 Blackheath and OE's Ladies 3's 5 Faversham 0

Another day to forget for Faversham after their trip to a very cold Blackheath, travelling with a squad of 12.

With Lady Luck seemingly not sitting on any of the Ladies shoulders every touch by the opposition seemed to work in their favour. 5 goals was possibly a bit harsh to concede - the teams play did not deserve that at all - however the team will take consolation in a goal scored, this time Skipper Clare Smithson finishing off the move.

2016 just hasnt started well for the Ladies and they will be looking forward to hosting the current league leaders at the Westlands School next week in the hope that we can return to the form showed last year.

 

9.1.16 Sevenoaks 4 Faversham 0

Faversham will be wishing that the New Year could begin again after this result at a very wet and miserable Sevenoaks ground.

Travelling with a squad of 13 for this first game of 2016 Faversham had reason to be optimistic after the 1-1 draw at Westlands earlier in the season. The optimism soon began to fade however after a vicious shot from Sevenoaks from the edge of the D ripped into the Faversham goal at a rate of knots. Fav could only marvel at the technique used to hit the ball with the inside of the stick - the talent required for the shot not usually associated with our Division's teams. Fav stuck at their tasks and did not let their heads drop however a second goal from a short corner followed leaving Faversham trailing at the break.

The onset of heavy rain in the second half did not make the task any easier and Faversham conceded another goal, again from the edge of the D, before the conditions contrived to trip up Lyn Kent in goal and Faversham conceded a fourth.

The heaviest defeat of the season thus far and Faversham will travel to Blackheath next weeek hoping for a change in fortune and luck.

 

5.12.15 Faversham 1 Folkestone Optimists 3

Faversham welcomed Folkestone for the first of the return fixtures to a very windy and gusty Westlands.

With a team of just 11 available for this last match before the Christmas break Fav were always going to be struggling with the conditions. Sheila Enfield dropped her usual forward line duties and used her experience to cover the Left Half position, however the Faversham defence were soon in trouble, with the Optimists pushing forward down their right hand side. They duly scored a goal and Faversham were on the back foot - which they stayed on for the rest of the game.

Struggling with the conditions Fav went another goal down, just unable to find the form that they had been enjoying 2 or 3 games previously.

Captain 'Mrs Vardy' Smithson pulled a goal back in the second half to continue her scoring streak after a midfield interception passed the ball onto Emma Winks, but again the Optimists came back and scored another goal, leaving Faversham a mountain to climb - even with the wind behind the team !

Fav can be pleased that two short corners were defended without score and that they held onto their discipline levels this week, despite the Game Faces being much in evidence.

A 5 week festive break now beckons for the team, who will be hoping that Santa provides a sack full of luck for the New Year.

 

28.11.15 Faversham 2 Burnt Ash 4

It would be easy for Faversham to pass this result off as a bad day at the office, however there were several positives to take from the game.

Returning after a two week break Faversham started well and took the lead, with good build up play from midfiled. Alexia Wilton showed awareness that the Burnt Ash goalkeeper was running out and she laid the ball off for the onrushing Clare Smithson to score her 10th goal of the season.

Burnt Ash equalised within two minutes and then went ahead from a well drilled short corner.

Early in the second half the opposition’s umpire deemed that Right Half Sue Isles used her foot to deliberately stop the ball and showed her a green card. New rules this year saw her leave the field for two minutes. Faversham rallied well and the score line remained unchanged during this time.

Strong defending made for a frustrating time for the opposition but their persistence paid off and they eventually took a 3-1 lead.

Emma Wink made several good individual runs only to be thwarted by the Burnt Ash goalkeeper. Faversham continued to press when Lisa Chapman squared the ball to Sheila Enfield who controlled and hit the ball in to the goal past the oncoming keeper for her second goal of the season.

Burnt Ash’s fitness and slick passing told in the end and they scored a fourth goal to secure the three points.

Faversham are again at home to Folkestone this Saturday and it will be the last game before the Christmas break. This is the first of the reversed fixtures and Faversham will be pleased that after the first round they lie 5th in Dvision 4.

 

21.11.15 Meopham 0 Faversham 4

Faversham battled the sub-arctic conditions for this match against Meopham at Gravesend's Rugby Club. With intricate passing from all members of the team, slick interceptions, showing skill and dribbling ability that had the capacity crowd on its feet they overcome Meopham with ease.

Or, in reality, Meopham conceded and Faversham have a Saturday off.

A 4 goal win that pushes Fav up to second in the table and with 16 points has us already beating last seasons total points tally.

Looking forward to next weeks also promotion chasing hopefuls, Bexley.

 

14.11.15 Faversham 3 Gravesend Ladies 0

A squad of 12 was available for this fixture at Westlands with both Lucy Cameron and Lisa Chapman returning from holiday.

Gravesend started the match with 9 players before another arrived a few minutes into the first half. Faversham capitalised on their advantage and went a goal ahead through skipper Clare Smithson early on after a move started from Lucy Cameron in defence, with the ball moved through the midfield onto Lisa Chapman to swing a cross into the D and for Smithson to push the ball past the 'keeper.

Faversham then won a succession of short corners, taken with no success before a shot from Alison Sheather from the edge of the area hit the backboard for her first goal of the season.

Faversham continued to work well together and a number of chances were created before midway into the second half Clare Smithson gained her second of the game, Favershams third, again from a Lisa Chapman cross.

Faversham are showing a rich vein of form currently, wilth all members of the team contributing to some fantastic performances. The team are communicating well with each other, interceptions are being made, opponents are being closed down and this all combined to give a first league clean sheet for 'keeper Lyn Kent and her team in defence. A positive goal difference means that Faversham finished the day in 4th place in Division 4, a position vertigo inducing to a team that are usually mid-table !

Special mention must go to Olivia Page, the youngest member of the team who celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend. Pictures are available in the Gallery of her cake and her team of Aunties and Mum celebrating post game with her.

 

07.11.15 Holcombe 1 Faversham 2

Faversham travelled to Holcombe with a squad of just 10 for this game against a team who hadn't won since the opening game of the season.

Within the first two minutes Holcombe had scored, the Faversham defence all stepping back off of the ball and watching a shot from the edge of the 'D' angled into the far corner of 'keeper Lyn Kent's goal.

This didnt panic Faversham however and the onset of heavy rain seemed to work in the teams favour, with the ball moving quicker across the surface. The forward line were constantly moving between positions and Olivia Page took the opportunity to move forward down the right wing and send a cross in for Skipper Clare Smithson to equalise. Another cross from the right from Karen Page flew across the face of goal just begging for a deflection, however on this occasion the Faversham forward line couldnt quite connect. Promising at half time that if a cross come in again like it she would score, Clare Smithson made good her promise ten minutes into the second half, providing a flick into the corner from Karen Page's cross from the right.

Faversham conceded their first short corner shortly afterwards after some pressure however Holcombe couldn't capitalise and Faversham held onto the win.

A heroic performance from the team of 10 to defeat the younger team, with some bumps and bruises to show for the cold and damp mornings exercise. Next week Faversham return to Westlands with several players available again after holidays and will hope to keep alive the winning momentum.

 

31.10.2015 Faversham 1 New Beccahamians 1

Faversham hosted New Beccahamians for a Halloween game against a team well known to Faversham through previous fixtures.

New Beccs arrived early at the Westlands ground and proved the freshest of starters scoring early in the first half. Faversham slowly built their momentum and equalised through a shot from Skipper Clare Smithson, watched by all the New Beccs defence and 'keeper as they believed the shot to be going wide.

Emma Wink continued to provide impetus going forward down the left and fantastic team play yet again meant that Faversham worked together to secure a point against the second placed team in the league. Communication between the players and the will to not be beaten was epitomised towards the end of the game by the defence running from one end of the pitch to another after a break out from a Fav short corner, with the ever youthful Sheila Enfield covering metres of ground and providing a timely interception.

A hard fought, physical game ending with a draw and point well deserved. Faversham travel to Holcombe next weekend hoping they can build on the foundations of the last few performances and gain 3 points.

 

17.10.15 Herne Bay 2's 1 Faversham 2

Faversham travelled to their local rivals with their confidence high after last weeks friendly success against Sevenoaks and boasted a squad of 12 for this local derby game.

Starting well Faversham pushed forward and eventually gained a short corner, pushed out by Emma Winks and then finished by herself after a deflected shot from Karen Page. Faversham carried on the momentum with Clare Smithson finishing past the 'keeper after an initial shot from Lisa Chapman.

2-0 up within 15 minutes meant that Herne Bay had given themselves a lot to do to for the rest of the match. They pulled one back from a short corner of their own which crept in at head height past Lyn Kent, who stood no chance with the power and accuracy of the shot.

Faversham held on, with both teams tiring at the end after the initial fast pace of the game. Faversham used their experience to mark space and make interceptions and held on to take their first win of the season over their local rivals. A sweet team victory indeed.

 

10.10.15 Faversham 9 Sevenoaks 7's 0 (Friendly)

 

03.10.15 Bromley and Beckenham 5's 3 Faversham 0

 

26.09.15 Faversham 1 Blackheath and OE's Ladies 3's 1

 

19.09.15 Faversham 1 Sevenoaks 6's 1

 

12.09.15 Folkestone Optimists 1 Faversham 1

Faversham travelled to newly-promoted Folkestone for this seasons opener with a team of 11 - welcoming back Right Back Lucy Cameron after she had given birth back in March.

Faversham started with their usual vigour, Emma Winks running directly at the opposition and putting the defence under pressure. Folkestone were also lively pressing forward and gained several consecutive short corners, one of these just prior to half time resulting in a goalmouth melee and the ball trickling in just inside the far post.

The second half opened with the same open play, Faversham roaming into the opposition half and their experience slowly starting to pay off and putting pressure on the young Folkestone defence. Folkestone however took a shot at the Fav goal which an acrobatic dive from 'keeper Lyn Kent just managed to keep out. This provided added impetus for Faversham and after several short corners of their own enough pressure was put on the Optimist defence to clear their lines with a high ball. While everyone of the Optimists stopped Alison Sheather brought the ball down from head height and passed to an unmarked Clare Smithson - who one on one with the goalie made no mistake in slotting through for her first of the season.

Play travelled back and forth with both teams tiring in this season opener, resulting in a draw that was fair to both teams.

 

 

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