31/10/2020 Faversham Ladies 0 - K Sports (Cobdown) 2s 1
The Ladies lined up for this game against Cobdown full of confidence after the last game played and started the half well, depsite choosing to play against the wind in the first half.
Many of the plays were within the middle third, with both sides having occasional forays forward but neither threatening each others goal.
Second half Fav had the wind behind them and despite tiredness were competing well against a team relegated this season from Division 4. Sadly however Cobdown won a short corner and converted well with a strike that keeper Becky had no hope of getting to.
Despite pushing on and limiting Cobdown to any further shots Fav were also unable to convert. A hard fought, competitive game that could have gone either way and was always going to be settled by a single goal.
Becky; Gina, Kat; Char, Ali, Sue; Kate W, Shannara, Clare, Liz, Esme;
24.10.2020 Tunbridge Wells 4 - Faversham Ladies 0
The Ladies conceded the game to Tunbridge Wells.
10.10.2020 Maidstone 4s 1 - Faversham Ladies 2
The Ladies made their first season excursion to Maidstone, fellow strugglers from last season and with a point to prove after being beaten home and away last season.
Starting exceptionally well the Ladies were soon ahead, with skipper Clare scoring a goal reminiscent of a cricket sweep from a pass across the 'D' from Liz. The young Maidstone team however kept their heads from this early setback and kept pushing the Ladies and the game ebbed and flowed evenly.
Maidstone scored with a superb hit from a short corner routine that went past keeper Becky like a rocket, however, there were no other real issues for Fav's 'keeper to step in and save. Half time had the teams sharing the scoreline but with Fav slightly ahead on chances.
Fav started the second half in a similar vein to the first half, with previous goalscorer and provider swapping roles to give the Ladies a goal advantage, and using their experience to pull together the team played well as a unit to defend their lead comfortably. Several interceptions provided the chance for the forwards to run at the Maidstone goal and the Maidstone 'keeper was kept busy with some excellent saves. Not to be outdone a great save from 'keeper Becky (celebrating an imminent big birthday!) from a fierce short corner shot kept the points firmly in Faversham's pocket and elevated the Ladies to third position as they go into the first of the seasons breaks.
Tunbridge Wells will now provide a top of the table clash for the Ladies next game !
Becky; Tina, Kat; Char, Ali, Sue; Kate W, Shannara, Clare, Liz, Esme;
03.10.2020 Faversham Ladies 2 Burnt Ash (Bexley) 6's 0
The Ladies were at home again against a team well known from previous seasons encounters.
The game began with the Ladies continuing in the same vein of form as the second half of the previous game, on the front foot and pressuring the opposition. This pressure worked well, interfering with the confidence of the opposition team with the interceptions and hassle pushing them into making passes with no real forward direction.
At 0-0 Ash had a shot cleared from the Fav line in a rare excursion into the semi circle, however Fav pushed on and the pressure resulted in two goals before half time, a shot on goal from skipper Clare Smithson turned in by Shannara Harrild and a fine first goal from Esme Wallace on the far post from another pass by Smithson.
The defence were busier during the second half with a couple of short corners to defend however Fav keeper Becky was not troubled further. The Ladies rise to fifth in the table and will hope that their form continues into next weeks away match against Maidstone.
Becky; Tina, Kat; Char, Ali, Sue; Kate W, Shannara, Clare, Jackie, Esme;
26.09.2020 Faversham Ladies 1 Bexleyheath & Belverdere 3rd X11 2
A windy Westlands played host to a team relegated from Division 4 last season for the Ladies first game of the 20/21 season.
A Summer without hockey was soon apparent with timing affecting free hits and hit outs and Bexley began putting pressure on the Ladies in defence, the ball rarely reaching the halfway line and the forwards unable to attack during the fast quarter. A few opportunities in the 'D' for Bexley finally resulted with the Ladies conceding in a bit of a goalmouth melee. Further pressure from Bexleyheath resulted in a succession of short corners, defended well until a very well worked routine allowed the taker in on the post. The Ladies went to half time 0-2 down.
Second half the Ladies began to get their eye in and had some forays of their own further forward, while Bexley used their experience to gain a string of short corners, their forwards playing for balls onto the defender's feet. The defence however worked well together and several saves from keeper Becky Fisher kept the Ladies well in the game. A foray forward from Shannara Harrild finally gave the oppo keeper something to do before Shannara then started a mazy run, covering the length of the pitch to score a superb solo goal, applauded by both her own team and the opposition.
The Ladies may have lost the game but will focus on the fact that they won the second half and will take positives from getting through the first game of the season injury free. It was good to welcome a very honest team to Westlands, with the opposition owning up to a goal scored off of a foot and also admitting that a short corner awarded to them had actually come off of one of their own team. Good to get back to hockey and also to welcome Esme Wallace for a debut on the forward line.
Becky; Tina, Kat; Char, Ali, Sue; Kate W, Shannara, Clare, Liz, Esme; Gina.
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