Chelmsford 2 St Albans 1

England Hockey

Women’s Conference League

HAVING suffered their first defeat of the season last week, Chelmsford made sure of this workmanlike win to keep them firmly in contention for the league championship. In the early stages Chelmsford controlled all the early play but it was approaching the halfway point before they made the most of their possession. Loren Sherer shot just wide and aggressive running at the St Albans defence by Kat Hales forced 2 short corners, the second of which struck the post.

Chelmsford continued to build steadily and kept St Albans pinned back. Harassing a St Alban’s defender, Sherer forced an error that led to another short corner, this time smoothly executed and swept home by Marie Kirkham for a deserved 1-0 lead. Keeping the pressure on, another shot hit a post and as half time was called, Chelmsford had to be satisfied with just the one goal lead.

As the second half progressed, Chelmsford maintained solid control but goal-scoring opportunities were hard to find. Then with 20 minutes on the clock Chelmsford came to life with some excellent moves. Beth Wild made a great run, ranging across the top of the D and securing a short corner. Two minutes later Loren Sherer again made a telling run against St Albans defence and for the third time a shot hit the post.

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With full on commitment from Becky Budd, Sarah Bolton and Louisa Taylor in midfield, St Albans had no choice but to retreat back en masse. However, this tactic was insufficient to prevent Sherer picking up the ball and briskly walking into the D and striking home for a more comfortable 2-0 lead. Just minutes later, Budd took the initiative herself and incredibly her shot hit the post, the fourth time in the match for the home team.

St Albans rallied and pushed forward. Scoring with a very well delivered reverse stick shot boosted their motivation and provided an edgy last five minutes for Chelmsford. Without allowing any stress to interfere with their play, Chelmsford kept St Albans at bay to secure the three points.

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Chelmsford’s next game is on Sunday, November 21 away to Dereham. Pushback is at 1.30pm.

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