Chelmsford Ladies 0 Surbiton 0

England Hockey League

Women’s Conference East

THIS exciting and tightly fought match saw Chelmsford lose the points by the odd goal but the home team were able to reflect on some excellent teamwork from a newly structured squad.

The first 15 minutes of play showed that both teams were able to put together some fine attacking movements and resolute defending. Chelmsford earned a couple of short corners during this period through assertive play from Kate Taylor and Loren Sherer, with Captain Marie Kirkham, giving support from defence.

Surbiton maintained their own pressure and after 25 minutes their determination ended the deadlock when they won a short corner that was duly converted. Surbiton retained this margin through to half time, when both teams welcomed some relief from the record breaking October temperature.

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Chelmsford’s coach, Kathryn MacDonald had insisted on sustaining the intensity of Chelmsford’s interception work and build play. With creative moves and high energy from Collette Ager, Ruth Gordon and Judith Duffin, an equaliser looked likely. Surbiton fought hard and made several forays into the Chelmsford D. Fine defensive work ensured no further goals were conceded and a spell on the pitch for new goalkeeper Abi Ashford was executed with confidence and skill when under some pressure from Surbiton.

Chelmsford pressed forward in the dying minutes, forcing Surbiton to defend en masse. Unfortunately the Essex side couldn’t find the net and although another defeat is registered the squad is upbeat on the strength of a creditable overall performance.

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Chelmsford’s next game is at home on Saturday, October 8 against Horsham. Pushback is at 2pm.

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