Colchester 1 Ipswich 2

East Women’s Hockey league

Premier Division

COLCHESTER’S up and down season continued with a disappointing 2-1 loss to local rivals Ipswich.

The home side started confidently and dominated possession for the opening quarter of the game. A string of penalty corners were awarded, but Colchester failed to convert their chances and slowly Ipswich started get back into the game. Midway through the half a goal line scramble resulted in the umpire incorrectly awarding a penalty flick, which luckily for Colchester was pushed wide. The game remained a stalemate going into half time.

The second half was scrappy from both sides, but it was Ipswich who took the lead after some poor defending resulted in an unmarked player at the far post being able to tap in from close range. The lead was soon doubled after the umpire played an advantage for a foot in the ‘D’ and Colchester again switched off at the back, allowing another easy tap in.

With ten minutes to go the home side rallied briefly when a scramble from another penalty corner was finally put away by Linda Rose making the score 2-1. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be Colchester’s day and Ipswich held on to their lead leaving Colchester stuck on twelve points for the season so far. The Ellison’s man of the match was Karen Harris for her tireless running, tackling and passing.

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