On a sunny Saturday morning, Edge Women’s first team arrived to play a previously postponed away game against Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club.
Edge were ready and determined to get stuck in and improve on their past performance of losing (5-1) to Sutton Coldfield who are placed second in the Investec Women’s National Hockey League Conference North.
Conditions were tricky with a half a frozen pitch. Despite many slips and grazes, Edge dominated the first quarter, completing a team objective of gaining a circle entry in the first five minutes.
Unfortunately, with some strong pressing from Sutton they managed to convert a rebound off keeper Rachel Humpherson to take a 1-0 lead.
The third quarter was extremely unlucky for Alderley – with both umpires missing a crucial foot in front of goal that allowed Sutton forward, McCabe, to lift the ball and score her and Sutton’s second.
Edge heads didn’t go down and the final quarter was the team’s best period, with great forward and defensive organisation.
Energy levels rose and Edge worked as a team, passing it round the opposition with speed and precision.
An unfortunate result, but much progress and a fair achievement against the second best team in the league.
Edge now look forward to a home match against league leaders Nottingham University on Saturday 1st February.
Player of the match was shared by Lara Tabachnik and Annie Hebb for dynamic forward play, organisation, great passes and speed. Very well deserved!
Alderley Edge Women’s second team lost (3-1) to Deeside Ramblers first team.
The 3s drew (2-2) against Deeside Ramblers 2s.
Team of the weeks was Alderley Edge’s fourth team who beat Oswestry 1s, the previous league leaders, (4-1) to go top of their Cheshire Women’s League Division 3.
The Men’s second team played twice this weekend beating Windermere 1s (7-0) away on Saturday but went down to league leaders Brooklands on Sunday (3-1).