2016-17 Season

 

Faversham Ladies Hockey Club

Season 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

 

25.3.2017 Remnants 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game. Since the reversal of fixtures in December Fav have had to concede 8 games which has us finishing the season propping up the rest of the division.

The Ladies will hopefully still be playing next season in Division 5.

 

18.3.2017 Faversham Ladies 0 Folkestone Optimists 4

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

11.3.2017 Blackheath and OEs 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

4.3.2017 Faversham Ladies 1 Herne Bay Ladies 5

 

Playing for the first time since the end of November with a full team of 11 the Ladies welcomed back Olivia Page for this local derby for her first game of the season and the first half showed just what Faversham could be playing like if they had a full team available for each and every game.

Going 0-1 down to a well worked Bay routine the Ladies kept on running, with "Maddie Winks" running at the Herne Bay defence, keeping the 'keeper on her toes and the Bay defence to panic. A free hit was awarded outside of the area and Left Half Alison Sheather played a quick ball in which Clare Smithson poked past the keeper. A first half showing of positivity and for the type of hockey we all know Fav can play when they are on their game.

Second half was a different story, Herne Bay turned up a gear and Fav conceded two quick goals and began to defend deeper and deeper with only the occasional break out. Lack of gametime began to show and tiredness set in.

However as always there are positives and while conceding 2 short corners on the last play of both halves the Fab 5 Fav defence can be proud to have kept out an entire opposition team twice - the forwards view of the opposing short coner was nothing if not scary !

This result has now left Fav mathematically unable to finish outside of the bottom two for the division and the team are almost certainly facing relegation to Division 5. A harsh reality for a small club that has a small catchment area and whose local schools do not encourage hockey, the Ladies will have to be on a recruitment drive over the summer and hope that those members of the team who have been unable to play this season return from their injuries.

 

Kent; Griffiths (S) Isles; Sheather, Page, Cameron; Chapman, Smithson, Winks, Page, Enfield.

Position 12 /12

 

25.2.2017 Gravesend Ladies 2s 3 Faversham Ladies 2

 

The Ladies were again able to muster only 10 players for this lunchtime game at Gravesend, although the performance of the 10 had the opposition believing they were actually playing 11.

Gravesend scored first from a well drilled short corner routine and then doubled their lead shortly after when a shot beat 'keeper Lyn Kent at her near post. Just after half time Rachel Griffiths started a mazy run and dribbled her way past several members of the Gravesend defence before beating the keeper and hitting the backboard which spurred the Ladies on to keep pushing for an equaliser.

Sadly for the Ladies, Gravesend managed to score again after a cross in from their left had one Fav defender marking two forwards. Yet again the Ladies didnt give up and pushed on and when Karen Page provided a fast cross from the right wing Skipper Clare Smithson tapped a shot in to create an interesting last 10 minutes.

Unlucky to not get a further goal Fav kept pushing on - with all halves playing well up into the Gravesend half. The final whistle just come too early for the Ladies who will take heart and confidence from the game ready for next week's home derby match gaianst Herne Bay. A fantastic performance despite the scoreline. Could luck finally be turning for the Ladies ??

 

Kent; Griffiths (S) Isles; Sheather, Page, Cameron; Chapman, Smithson, Griffiths (R) Enfield.

Position 12 /12

 

 

11.2.2017 New Beccahamians 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

Another game that Faversham had to concede has them now propping up the rest of the division, 2 points behind New Beccs and 3 points behind Gravesend, who have 3 games in hand on Fav. It looks increasingly likely that the Ladies will be relegated at the end of this season due to having only played 2 out of the last 7 games - and those played were with only 10 players against full teams. Prior to this Fav were 8th in the division and were more than holding their own.

 

Fav will be desperately hoping that results this coming weekend go their way and also for 11 fit players - plus a couple of substitutes - for the next away game on Saturday 25th February v Gravesend so that we can eat into that points difference.

 

Position 12 /12

 

4.2.2017 Faversham Ladies 0 Holcombe 9

 

Faversham were finally able to kickstart 2017 with a game, however could only summon 10 players for this home game against an unrecognisable Holcombe team, beaten by the Ladies last October.

 

The lack of game time showed with the Ladies finding it hard to compete against the Holcombe 11 and they struggled with only brief forays into the oppo half. Several short corners were won and some tidy attacks showed the commitment of the players, however playing with 10 v 11 after 2 months without a game will always be a huge hurdle to overcome. Several members of the team were carrying heavy colds while others were playing directly after a night shift - however the commitment, skill and fight in the team are still very much in evidence.

On the back foot for much of the game the Ladies will chalk this one up to experience and just be thankful for a run out.

 

However it was an occasion for the team to finally gather and celebrate Skipper Clare Smithson's (large) birthday, with a cake made by RB Lucy Cameron. Whatever the result - the cake was good ! We will hope to form a team to play away against New Beccs next week in a real must win game.

 

Kent; Griffiths (S) Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Chapman, Smithson, Griffiths (R) Enfield.

Position 11 /12

 

 

28.01.2017 Kings Alleyn 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies unfortunately have had to concede this game as well, we now have not managed to play since December. Seriously need some squad members that are fit and able to play if anyone fancies it..?

 

Position 11 /12

 

21.01.2017 Faversham Ladies 0 Burnt Ash (Bexley) Ladies 4th X1 4

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

Position 11 /12

 

14.01.2017 Bexleyheath & Belvedere Ladies 3rd XI 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

Position 11 /12

 

10.12.2016 Faversham Ladies 0 Marden Russets 4

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

Best wishes are extended to all team members for a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year. Fingers crossed all those carrying injuries are fighting fit for the first game of 2017.

 

Position 11 /12

 

3.12.2016 Faversham Ladies 1 Remnants 5

 

With a depleted squad of 10 for this fixture at Westlands and with several of those available also carrying injuries The Ladies were always going to find this 6-pointer a tough game.

The first half was a feisty encounter between two teams playing for points, with a heavily disputed second goal causing ill feeling on the pitch. Fav went into the break feeling aggrieved that luck will just not go the teams way.

As always the team will look for the positives and play with passion and pride until the final whistle. Lisa Chapman made her debut at Right Back after 30+ years of playing hockey, with some terrific interceptions and good positioning, Sheila Enfield scored her first of the season after receiving a cross from Karen Page on the right wing and the entire team avoiding any sort of card after the controversial second goal is a miracle in itself.

Marking her birthday with yet another heavy blow to a limb (for the third week running) Karen Page had to leave the field of play for the last 10 minutes of the game, with Fav playing out the fixture with 9 against the 11. The team will hope that Karen is not too badly injured.

The Ladies will now rest up, nurse the injuries received in this game and thus far in 2016 and hope that a full squad, plus substitutes - will be available for January 2017.

 

Position 11 /12

Kent; Griffiths, Chapman; Sheather, Page, Isles; Warrener, Smithson, Enfield, Mears

 

 

 

26.11.2016 Folkestone Optimists 3 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The scoreline yet again suggests a pasting for the Ladies, however they can take positives from this game forward into next weekends 6-pointer and hope that Lady Luck decides to smile on them finally.

Starting well and with play ebbing and flowing in this afternoon clash the Ladies had reasons to be hopeful, however they finished the half a goal behind after a ball struck "Optimistically" with more hope than pace squeezed between the 'keeper and post just before half time.

During the second half Fav yet again kept trying to break out, and several excursions into the opposition half proved the quality of the Optimist goalkeeper, who made saves from Hodgkinson, Lawrence and Smithson, Fav were also unlucky not to have an attacker at the end of several crosses put in by winger Rachel Griffiths. The Optimists however began to win short corners themselves and inevitably the 4 Ladies defenders could not keep defending against numbers and a shot hit the backboard, giving Fav another mountain to climb.

The final play of the game resulted in yet another Optimist short corner, allowing the team to pick their pass and shoot, giving them a flattering scoreline as a result.

Fav will reconvene at the Westlands next weekend against bottom of the table Remnants for a must-win game and will hope that they finally get some luck and the chance to get stuck into that goal difference.

 

Position 8 /12

Kent; Griffiths (S), Enfield; Sheather, Page, Isles; Hodgkinson, Lawrence-Smith, Smithson, Lawrrence, Griffiths (R)

 

 

19.11.2016 Faversham Ladies 0 Blackheath and OEs 4

 

Fav's defence was tested during this game, however The Ladies can feel aggrieved that luck did not run their way for this game at the Westlands.

Reaching half time with the score goalless Fav's back line had combined well to hold off repeated attacks by the Blackheath forwards. There had also been forays by our own forward line into the opposition half that boded well for creating goalscoring opportunities in the second half. Certainly the first half was hockey being played by an experienced and disciplined team.

10 minutes into the second half however Fav had conceded 2 swift goals, the first a well taken hit that beat the keeper at her near post and the second an unfortunate attempted clearance from RH Sue Isles that rebounded over the line after hitting the back leg of retreating 'keeper Lyn Kent. Luck was not with Faversham and two further goals followed from a Blackheath team who seemed to have a point to prove, with some feisty exchanges with both Fav players and umpire. Hodgkinson was unlucky not to grab a goal back with her cross shot that skimmed across an open goal and Skipper Smithson had a couple of half opportunities that she could not quite convert.

Fav can congratulate themselves for keeping their dignity when provoked during this game and for not conceding from any of the short corners awarded, or indeed for breaking too early after the injection was repeatedly feinted.

Fav will reconvene for an early afternoon game at Folkestone next weekend, enjoy their lay-ins and hope for a reversal in fortune and luck.

 

Position 8 /12

Kent; Griffiths (S), Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Hodgkinson, Lawrence-Smith, Smithson, Enfield,Griffiths (R) Chapman.

 

12.11.2016 Herne Bay Ladies 3 v Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies travelled to their local rivals hopeful of a result against a team that were holding third in Division 4, however the Ladies (many) years of experience could not compensate for the youthful exhuberance that greeted them from Herne Bay.

Last years victory in the corresponding fixture and their recent results meant Fav could go into this derby match in a positive frame of mind, however from push back they were on the defensive and much of the first 20 minutes was played in the Fav half. Brief forays forward were defended well by Herne Bay and their young team passed well to each other before the inevitable goal came for them. Fav then conceded again almost immediately through a Karen Page own goal that wrongfooted the 'keeper.

This rallied Fav and they began to play better, with excursions deeper into the Herne Bay half and just before half time were unlucky with a Hodgkinson reverse swing that skimmed across the goal.

Another goal ten minutes from the end stopped any Fav revival in its tracks however the scoreline potentially flatters Herne Bay as there were many positives to take from the match. Fav will be hoping to reverse the scoreline when Herne Bay visit Westlands and will also hope that the bruises from this encounter heal swiftly.

Next game is at Westlands against Blackheath, who lie just ahead of Faversham in the table.

 

Position 8 /12

Kent; Griffiths, Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Hodgkinson, Lawrence-Smith, Smithson, Enfield, Winks. Mears.

 

5.11.2016 Faversham Ladies 3 Gravesend 2

 

The Ladies welcomed back another long term absentee for this fixture against Gravesend with Beverly Warrener returning to the fold and being pitched straight into action for this game at the Westlands.

Starting well Fav kept the ball in the oppo half, with the forward line rotating positions well and Emma Winks creating panic in the Gravesend defence each time she ran at them in the 'D'. With a couple of short corners to get the sighting right the tried and trusted short corner routine finally worked, with the push out from Sheila Enfield being stopped by Alison Sheather, who then passsed to Karen Page, who let fly with a shot that hit the back board with a bang.

Gravesend equalised a few moments afterwards with a shot from within the 'D' which seemed to travel in slow motion past keeper Lyn Kent and the sides entered the break sharing the spoils.

Fav kept pushing onto the Gravesend defence which saw another few short corners awarded but not converted and play ebbed and flowed from one end of the pitch to the other. Finally Skipper Clare Smithson ran at the Gravesend defence with the ball from halfway and was able to pass to an unmarked Warrener, who let fly with a shot to mark her seasons debut with a goal. Returning the favour shortly aftrwards Warrener was able to pass to Smithson, who connected well with the ball to give Fav a 3-1 lead.

Gravesend kept fighting and with each attack they stretched the Fav defence with their pace and one touch passing, finally managing to pull a goal back which left Fav hanging on for the final tense minutes of the game.

This victory moves Fav up to 8th in the table and will give the team some confidence ahead of their derby game with Herne Bay next weekend.

 

Position 8/12

Kent; Griffiths (S), Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Warrener, Griffiths (R), Smithson, Enfield, Winks.

 

 

29.10.2016 Faversham Ladies 1 New Beccahamians 1

 

The Ladies returned after their international break with a squad of 12 available for this home game against the team placed just above them in the league. With the oppo arriving in their usual kit of green shirts and socks Fav had to play in their 'away' kit - despite being the home team.

The game started well for Fav, the forward line holding the ball up well and the makeshift defence holding, despite some physical duels. Play went to and fro, with more chances falling to Fav who could either not quite connect to a cross or were pulled up for fouls at the crucial moments.

New Beccs took the lead against the run of play, with a goalmouth melee which eventually saw the ball crossed over the line. Fav kept their heads and pulled a goal back 10 minutes later through Chrissy Lawrence after a pass into the 'D' from Emma Winks. The home team kept pushing for that elusive winner but time just run out.

Fav will look forward to next weeks '6-pointer' clash with Gravesend - who went above Faversham for the first time this season after their 6-0 win against Holcombe took them up to 8th. A few teams all within touching distance means a win could bowl Fav up into the top half of the table.

Fav welcomed back Liz Mears for this contest - returning to Faversham after 10 years and she settled in immediately - getting the priorities right by purchasing the post game drinks!

 

Position 11/12

Kent; Griffiths (S),Enfield; Lawrence, Page, Isles; Chapman, Griffiths (R), Smithson, Hodgkinson, Winks. Mears

 

 

15.10.2016 Holcombe 1 Faversham Ladies 2

 

The Ladies took their first win of the season in some style on the number one pitch at Holcombe, live under the scoreboard which emblazoned the win for all of 10 seconds at the end of the game!

A spectacular solo goal from Emma Winks, running the ball from defence to shoot calmly past the keeper opened the scoring for Fav. Conceding a short corner the team went into the break 1-1 after a shot from the edge of the D brought an equaliser from a young Holcombe team. Remaining positive, playing well as a unit and feeling as though a result could be achieved, finally the breakthrough came with Fav skipper Clare Smithson connecting to a right wing cross from Winks, settling some nerves and enabling Fav to climb up the division to the dizzy heights of tenth.

 

Position 10/12

Kent; Griffiths (S),Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Hodgkinson, Lawrence, Smithson, Enfield, Winks. Chapman

 

 

8.10.2016 Faversham Ladies 0 Kings Alleyn 4

 

The Ladies had 12 players available for the second of their home fixtures of the season and had high hopes of carrying on the fine performance from their last game. Starting well they held their own, with forays into the oppo half and defending well as a unit. Kings then stepped up a gear and Fav were forced to defend a succession of short corners given by a very stringent umpire, which eventually saw Kings working a routine that drew all of their attackers into the D and saw a simple tap in from an unmarked attacker at the back post.

A spectacular own goal then followed from Sue Isles after a shot from a Kings attacker that looped past Keeper Lyn Kent's ear after rebounding of the defenders stick. Another goal from Kings shortly after again left Kent with no chance and had Fav heading into half time 3 goals shy.

The Ladies kept their heads down and kept playing and tried to create opportunities, with the best chance coming from the returning Rachel Griffiths, whose cross from the right wing flew directly across the front of the goal and had Clare Smithson just unable to stretch far enough to connect. The team can take confidence from not conceding any further with Kings only scoring again with the very last shot of the game.

Fav will now play the last game before the 'International Break' away at Holcombe next weekend after resting and nursing the bruises from this encounter. They will hope to have a full team available for selection and able to carry the positives from this game forward.

Best wishes also extended to umpire David Oxlade from the ladies who hope to see him again next week and many thanks to Gore Court for providing an umpire for this game.

 

Position 11/12

Kent; Griffiths(S), Isles; Sheather, Page, Enfield; Chapman, Winks, Smithson, Hodgkinson, Lawrence-Smith. Griffiths(R)

 

 

1.10.2016 Burnt Ash (Bexley) Ladies 4th X1 4 Faversham Ladies 0

 

The Ladies unfortunately had to concede this game.

 

Position 11/12

 

24.09.2016 Faversham Ladies 1 Bexleyheath & Belvedere Ladies 3rd XI 1

 

The Ladies started their first 2016/17 home game against Bexleyheath & Belvedere, another side new to Division 4 following their relegation in the previous season. Starting with a full team of 11 and with the luxury of 2 substitutes, Fav were even able to give a debut to new "signing" Kate Hodgkinson.

With the return of Emma Winks and Karen Page this week the Ladies started on the front foot, determined to reduce their goal deficit and they spent most of the first half playing positive, passing hockey and creating chances that kept the opposition 'keeper on her toes. Winning several short corners the Ladies kept attacking but could just not carve out a goal.

BBHC had a few attacks of their own but were kept at bay by a defensive unit that were well used to each others game and they looked unlikely to score until they won a short corner 2 minutes from the end of the half. The incoming pushed ball was hit at pace low down to 'keeper Lyn Kent's right side which hit the back board with a thump.

Fav came out for the second half determined not to concede again and to create that goal scoring opportunity. The introduction of Hodgkinson who chased down the opposition each time they had the ball and the running of Emma Winks combined to pressurize the opposition and a free hit was finally won in the attacking third. Karen Page stepped up and let drive with a hard pass into the D towards skipper Clare Smithson, who got in front of her marker and diverted the ball with pin point accuracy into the far corner of the goal, leaving the keeper firmly rooted to the spot, unable to deal with the speed of the shot.

Fav will be pleased that they kept on running throughout the game although will be disappointed that their pressure could not grant them a winner on this occasion.

 

Position 11/12

Kent; Griffiths, Cameron; Sheather, Page, Isles; Chapman, Winks, Smithson, Enfield, Philpott. Hodgkinson, Lawrence-Smith.

 

17.09.2016 Marden Russets 8 Faversham Ladies 0

 

At first glance the result makes this look like a real drubbing for the Ladies first match of 2016/17, however there were many positives to come out of the match - least of all no injuries, strains or broken bones!

Marden started the game confidently and used their first sight of the Fav goal to unleash a shot that fizzed past goalie Lyn Kent's ear at a rate of knots. The Fav defence were left in shock at the technique, speed and accuracy of the shot, rarely seen by players during a Division 4 game. Further forays into the Fav half produced further success for Marden with another 3 goals coming in the first half from the same 2 players.

The second half carried the same scoreline but with Lyn Kent saving several shots, however she had no luck with others aimed with unerring accuracy into both top and bottom corners of the goal. A string of short corners were defended successfully, despite Fav's number one runner Alison 'Usain' Sheather being sent to the halfway line on two seperate occasions for breaking out before the whistle.

Fav could muster only 10 players for this early morning (10am?!) season opener, with Michelle Lawrence-Smith returning to the team after a year and the return of Becky Philpott after injury. Fitness levels from the team were good considering no summer training and most of the players not touching a ball since the end of the season last March.

In conclusion Marden made their extra numbers count and their attackers certainly knew how to hit a ball and shield it from defenders. Fav however can take positives from stringing several attacks together and putting pressure on the Marden defence when they could get off the back foot and players forward. Teamwork was much in evidence and the communication for marking and defending was excellent.

Fav will rest up, nurse some stiff and aching backs and return to Westlands next week with hopefully a full strength side.

 

Position 12/12

Kent; Griffiths, Cameron; Sheather, Philpott, Isles; Chapman, Smithson, Enfield, Lawrence-Smith.

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