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Wilmslow Hockey Club match reports – 25/09/18

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Wilmslow Ladies 1st – 6

Didsbury Greys 1st – 0

 

The Ladies’ 1s kicked off the new season hosting Didsbury Greys at Oakwood Farm this Saturday.

Having been relegated from Division 1 last season, Greys were an ‘unknown entity’ and posed a potential early threat to the tangerine team.

Unfazed by this, Wilmslow started fast and were unlucky not to score within the first few moments with Emilie Kelman’s shot being parried by the keeper.

This buoyed the home side and several minutes later a lovely pass found her again in the ‘D’ where she deftly eliminated both the last defender and keeper to slot in the opening goal.

Having a strong squad allowed Wilmslow to utilise their subs to best effect, bringing wave after wave of fresh legs on to keep the energy up and they were soon rewarded with a second from Lindsey Rachubka.

Half time found new coach Ray-Hills advising the ladies to keep their focus, stay composed and to carry on working hard for each other as a team.

In the second half, Wilmslow’s pace didn’t falter with repeated attacks utilising both wings and deft passing to continue to pile on the pressure.

Several corners were awarded, resulting in a ‘Cullen-esque’ drag flick from Carla Botha and bullet strike from Rachubka netting their third and fourth.

Down at the other end, keeper Lang made several crucial saves to keep Wilmslow in the game when the Greys managed to occasionally slot a long ball through to a high forward.

Slick transfers in defence and relentless effort in midfield meant Wilmslow’s possession remained at a high percentage and when newcomer Harvey struck from the top of the ‘D’, Westbrook-Platts was perfectly positioned to deflect the shot past an oncoming keeper to make it five.

The scoring hadn’t ended there though, as another well worked corner resulted in a fabulous deflection from Lily Harrison to cap the goals at six.

Second newcomer Percival was unlucky not to score with a shot going just wide and there were several other near misses which could have seen an even higher goal tally.

Next weekend Wilmslow travel the short distance to play Alderley Edge in the hottest derby game in town.

There the ladies will look to continue their high level of effort and performance that has positioned them at the top of the table after their first game.

In other games Ladies’ 2s finally found their form and trounced Macclesfield 2s, 7-1.

The 3s won their third game on the trot by 2-1 against Oxton 2s.

The 4s and 5s both played Alderley Edge teams and shared the spoils one game each.

 

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