With last week’s win fresh in our minds we gathered 2 at the University of Leeds ready for our third game of the season. Warming up proved to be a bit of a challenge as we were faced with a delayed start and a bouncy pitch that took some getting used to.
From the get-go, we faced a fair few challenges, with last minute position changes and movement between the lines. Despite this, Kendal were first on the scorecard with Alex Richardson hitting the ball past the Leeds keeper. Unfortunately, this victory was short lived as Leeds hit back quickly, the familiarity of the pitch becoming evident as their control on the bouncy surface far exceeded our own. After a fierce battle ensued with end-to-end hockey being played, Leeds slotted three goals past the young Kendal keeper (Jess Fox). Fighting back hard we managed to nab another goal through Vicky Whalley-Jones (apologies for incorrect spelling in the past) before the half-time whistle blew.
During the break, we discussed our positional play and attempted to clarify some points between lines. However, that appeared to be to no avail as we still struggled with our formation and on-the-ball decision-making as Leeds played around us. Slotting in a further two goals before the full-time whistle blew. Confirming the final score of Kendal 2, University of Leeds 5.
Player of the match was awarded to Alex Richardson, with Laura Hayton and Melanie Whalley-Jones ranked second and third, respectively. Special mention goes out to three players this week: Kate Froggatt for abandoning the team by fracturing her ankle two days before the game, Vicky Whalley-Jones for rocking up late despite being in Leeds for a couple of hours before the game and finally to Emma Hill (Peggy) for going on a walkabout after the game without telling anyone.