Horsham 1 Ipswich 2

English Hockey League

Women’s Conference East

THIS was the performance and result Ipswich had been looking for over the past three EHL East Conference games and the Suffolk team deservedly ran out 2-1 victors over a determined Horsham side.

Going into the game Ipswich could still mathematically claim the league title, but despite earning three points it was not enough as Sevenoaks defeated Harleston to take the crown. The runners up from last year will now go forward to the play-offs to fight for a place in the Premier League.

Ipswich started the game well but despite playing some great hockey were guilty of running into too many flat Horsham sticks and it was the home team that took an early lead in the 10th minute. The leagues top goal scorer Fran Crossley nicking the ball over the line after some hesitant defending by Ipswich.

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Despite the setback Ipswich remained calm and composed and again were having the better of the possession. Charlie Anderson unlucky to see her strike ping off the bottom of the post. However again the ball was too easily turned over and at half time coach James Kingstone reminded the team to play to the space.

Taking the advice and with Horsham running out of steam the gaps began to open up and with Faye Curran making unstoppable runs down the right and player of the match Jess Blooming terrorising the defence it seemed only a matter of time before Ipswich would score.

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In fact Bloom almost scored twice but both her one on one efforts were thwarted by good goal keeping. Despite the chances going begging Ipswich continued to play good calm hockey and some nice link up play by Issy Sheldrake saw the goal for the Suffolk side finally arrive. On 49th minute Anni Broster powered the ball into the roof of the net to score her 9th goal of the season. It was just the boost Ipswich needed and three minutes later they took the lead. Anderson this time finding the bottom left corner.

Ipswich could and should have added a few more goals but despite a last minute scare when Horsham were awarded a corner the visitors were in total control.

The win saw Ipswich stay in fourth place but with one game to go the team are keen to try and secure a top three finish.

The final game is a home fixture against Old Loughtonians and with several Ipswich players heading off to University a good win would be a fitting way to thank them for their passion and commitment.

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