First home game of the season and we were raring to go. Ready to grab those coveted three points and give our home supporters something to cheer about. A discussion on short corner terminology and one missing skort later, we trooped out onto our pitch and started our warm-up. Complete with back-to-back trips on the HockeyBus (yes, this is now a thing).
From the start, it was clear that this would be a very different game from last weeks. Sheffield opened the game with strong, fast and accurate passing. Though this did little to deter our midfield and striker line as 6 minutes into the game Kendal was on the scorecard with Alex Richardson lifting a rouge ball over the defender’s sticks and into the goal. Play resumed with Kendal pushing hard against Sheffield’s defence. The second goal of the match came courtesy of a lovely reverse hit from Vicky Whalley-Joans that slotted perfectly into the corner of the goal in the 18th minute.
Following that there was a period of defensive scrambling as Sheffield pushed hard into our D. But they were no match for our solid defensive line who endured and pushed through the onslaught. Kendal pulled even further ahead during the 30th minute as striker Kate Froggatt drilled the ball past the Sheffield keeper who was caught in two minds by the presence of Molly Thwaits off her right shoulder. Sheffield managed to claw their way onto the scorecard by capitalising on a short corner opportunity in the 33rd minute. Bringing the half-time score to 3-1.
Despite almost half our team being brought low by the evils of illness, we pulled together amazingly in the second half and played our game. Throughout this half Kendal held and consolidated possession while still pushing further and further into Sheffield’s D. Not even the impromptu downpour that roughly marked the mid-point of the second half dampened our spirits or play as we pressed opportunity after opportunity. Though Sheffield’s defence remained strong and full-time revealed the score of Kendal-3, Sheffield Hallam-1.
Player of the match was awarded to Melanie Whalley-Joans, with Kate Froggatt ranked second, while Katie Ireland and Laura Hayton shared third. Special mention goes out to Ailsa Wright for her skort escapades and for renaming and promptly claiming an award for herself.