Chelmsford Ladies II 5 Thurrock 1

NE14Hockey East Women's LeaguePremier DivisionChelmsford Ladies II 5 Thurrock 1ON their final weekend of the season, Chelmsford Ladies II's met local rivals Thurrock in a must win game to stay safe in the league.

NE14Hockey East Women's League

Premier Division

Chelmsford Ladies II 5 Thurrock 1

ON their final weekend of the season, Chelmsford Ladies II's met local rivals Thurrock in a must win game to stay safe in the league.


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Both sides made a strong start, Thurrock showed confidence with a packed out midfield, Chelmsford's' defence of V Smith, Stock, A Smith, Speakman and Williams remained solid to prevent any Thurrock advances. Chelmsford work rate was high and they managed to penetrate the Thurrock defence on a number of occasions. A decisive short corner was won just before half time, Anna Smith followed up a rebounded shot from the Thurrock 'keeper with a well placed shot into the corner.

With a 1-0 score-line at half time, both teams were prepared for a battle in the second half. Thurrock came out strong, and caught Chelmsford in a lapse of concentration to equalise. Chelmsford rose to the challenge, working the ball well through the midfield players of Letts, Crane and L Smith. A well-struck ball from Farrar met a perfectly placed G Speakman on the far post who directed the ball past the keeper to take Chelmsford back into the lead.

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Chelmsford maintained their pressure on Thurrock with the forwards connecting well, Duffin crossed the ball into Ally Farrar who kept her composure in front of goal to take Chelmsford to a comfortable 3-1 lead. This was quickly followed by a second goal by George Speakman after well placed passes in attack.

A rattled Thurrock let the pressure get to them, a goal-mouth scramble lead to the Thurrock 'keeper being shown a yellow card for inappropriate conduct, a further Thurrock player joined her keeper on the sideline after vocalising her frustrations. Chelmsford acted professionally and concentrated on their own game, they capitalised on a weakened Thurrock side through a strong strike by Sarah Williams on a short corner in the last few minutes of the game.

With the final score of 5-1, Chelmsford rose to the challenge by achieving one of the best performances of the season to avoid relegation.

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