Slough 5 Ipswich 0
Slazenger Women's EHL Premier Division - Slough 5 Ipswich 0IPSWICH travelled to Slough in the Slazenger EHL Premier League hoping to build on last week's win against Poynton.
Slazenger Women's EHL Premier Division - Slough 5 Ipswich 0
IPSWICH travelled to Slough in the Slazenger EHL Premier League hoping to build on last week's win against Poynton. Missing two influential players, England international Jo Ellis and Army Officer in training Emma Lee-Smith, things were never going to be easy and the visitors slumped to their first loss of the season.
The game started at a fast pace and Slough had the best of early exchanges. Eleven minutes in, the home side broke through and made the most of their chance to make it 1-0. Ipswich did have a chance to draw level after Miriam Fabregas found Emma Millar on the left hand side of the circle. But Millar rushed the shot and the keeper cleared with ease.
With Slough moving the ball around well, they extended their lead in the 32nd minute and only some good saves by Lee-Smith in goal deprived the home side of a third. However Slough were not to be denied and scored their third just before half time as Lee-Smith could not clear the first save.
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The second half started with much of the same, with Ipswich just not playing to their full capabilities. Slough added a fourth and had one disallowed after Lee-Smith's helmet fell off during a short corner save. Ipswich continued to work hard and some great work by Lizzy Aldous and Jess Bloom up front saw Ipswich create a few chances but they could not convert them into goals.
To rub salt into the wounds, Slough were awarded a penalty stroke with three minutes to go and Jane Smith stepped up to make the final score 5-0.
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An unsatisfactory result for Ipswich, but they can take positives out of some good defending at short corners and the high work rate and positive outlook that was maintained throughout.