Marlow 0-2 Oxford
A late afternoon game at Marlow saw the Ladies 3s soar into second place in the league after an outstanding 2 – 0 victory.
The blues were electric, playing some classic wide hockey and fleecing the otherwise solid Marlow defence down their flanks. This season’s 3s debutante Frankie ran off the ball well to create space for the orange-shoed duo of Christy and Hie to dart in front of goal. The first goal took a while to come but when it did it set the crowd wild with excitement. Marlow’s attack was abruptly halted by a crunching ‘Katie Smith’ tackle, who then released the ball long to Amy, high in in midfield. A slick pass into the D found Hie, who passed to Christy on the post to slot it home.
Excellent defending from the youngest player, Liv, kept Marlow at bay and Charley worked hard on the left having worked out how to stay on her feet! The second goal came after half-time with another nick on the post from the energetic Christy (and another assist from Hie). Jen and Suzie just hit wide at short corners and Alice, Claire and Sarah gave it their all in midfield.
The match was played in great competitive spirit and worthy of a near-top-of-the-league clash. A special mention must go to Alex in goal, who has now kept a clean sheet for three games in a row. Her concentration was excellent, as with little to do for much of the game (must be that amazingly solid defence in front of her ?!) , she stepped up to the breakaway moments with confidence and aggression, flummoxing the Marlow attack.
Those that are hockey geeks will notice Ox Ladies 3 are now top of the ‘in form’ table on Fixtures Live so are the team of the moment. Next week the 3s are at home with a 2:30pm start at Brookes against Amersham & Chalfont. Bring it on!
Now finally, as ever, …the dodgy awards were hotly disputed…
Man of Match went to Hie who clocked herself doing more than 5 miles in the game (ridiculous! … I mean who has time to track themselves?!) ….
…. and very harshly, and just by a small majority, DOD was awarded to Katie for almost playing in her Bridget Jones knickers!
Scorer: Christy Barnard (2)
Match report by Katie Smith