Invicta Women's Division 5
2.10.20201 - Gravesend 2's 3 Faversham Ladies 0
The Ladies first away match of the season was against Gravesend, a team played over many seasons by Faversham and always a closely fought, tight match. Fav had agreed to delay pushback by an hour at Gravesend's request and the delay meant conditions were steadily getting worse, with torrential downpours causing flooding on the newly laid all-weather pitch.
Faversham welcomed yet another Mum/Daughter duo playing together for the first time, with Megan Fisher making her Fav debut alongside Mum Becky playing in goal. Megan lined up on the right side of the midfield and settled in quickly, making forays forward and having the confidence and fitness to run back and defend when needed.
Fav were penned back increasingly by a Gravesend forward line unrecognisable from previous seasons; the interplay and strength of passing turning Fav inside out on occasions with shots on target from around the "D". Inevitably Gravesend took the lead with a vicious shot which wrongfooted keeper Becky after hitting a Fav defenders stick. Just before half time a shot came in again which yet again was diverted into the goal by a defenders stick, the rain causing the ball to skid off a surface saturated. 2-0 down but with some positive forward line play and the hope that the worsening conditions would allow Fav to get on the ball and cause their own problems at short corners.
Sadly, the second half continued in the same vein as the first, with the Gravesend forwards running at Fav and the team playing on the back foot. Occasional chances for Fav's own forward line meant there was some hope of getting a goal back, however yet another own goal from Fav meant the scoreline records a loss without the team actually conceding to an opposition goal !
Fav will hope for better luck for next week's home game, gain another week for those recovering from injury and illness and recover from another game to get the fitness levels back up again. Bring on New Beccs !
Fisher (B); Crane, Isles; Roberts, Sheather, Fisher (M); Wallace, Mears (E), Smithson, Mears (S), Harrild: Hollman
25.9.2021 - Faversham Ladies 1 K-Sports (Cobdown) 4
The Ladies reconvened at Westlands for the first game since the end of October 2020 with a new push back time of 16.15 which, for once, had the Ladies waiting to come onto the field rather than rushing to get off of it !
Starting well, Faversham played some good hockey and had some good forays forward, defended well but were beaten by a shot from one of the K-Sports attacks passing returning 'keeper Lyn Kent at a rate of knots. Fav collectively shrugged their shoulders and pushed on, and earnt a couple of short corners for themselves, one narrowly missing the post. From one of these corners K-Sports broke out and swarmed downfield, this time beating the keeper at the near post.
Fav again came back positively with some lovely wing play from both Shannara and Esme with some great support from Sophie Mears, making her Fav debut. A fantastic shot from Esme halved the deficit and Fav reached half time feeling positive.
Second half started in a similar vein to the first, with both teams playing some good hockey with breaks forward and defending their goals well. K-Sports scored a further 2 goals during the half with their attacks, however Fav just could not get the ball over the line, with the K-Sports keeper closing down each attack well and making some good saves.
A great first game of the season with a scoreline that defies how well Fav played together after what was very nearly a year without hockey. Lots of positives to take into next week's away game at Gravesend, the return of three stalwarts in Sheila, Lyn and Sara; a stunning debut for young Sophie Mears and a proud moment for Mum Liz playing with her daughter in Fav colours for the first time.
Kent; Griffiths, Crane; Mears (S), Sheather, Isles; Wallace, Mears (E), Smithson, Enfield, Harrild: Hollman