Thursday, 18 October 2018

Walker and Metcalfe goals ensure hosts secure points

HENLEY Ladies 1sts made it back-to-back league wins as they defeated West Hampstead Ladies at Jubilee Park last Saturday

HENLEY Ladies 1sts made it back-to-back league wins as they defeated West Hampstead Ladies at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

Although the visitors started the game with possession, the hosts were adamant to quickly gain control. Kath Draycott disrupted their attacking line with strong tackles to enable Louisa England and Jem Barham to use their stick skills to get through West Hampstead’s solid middle line and put Henley on the attack.

England distributed the ball out to Hannah Jeremy on the wing who took it around the West Hampstead defence and on to a foot to win Henley their first short corner. With a precise injection from Charlotte Cockerton to Rachel Herbert and England on the top of the D, Herbert produced a commanding hit which was deflected into the goal to ultimately be disallowed.

West Hampstead attempted to use their hit out to their advantage but after a step by Georgie Metcalfe to intercept the ball and good runs by Ellie Roseff, the amber and blues quickly won another short corner. The ball went straight to Herbert at the top of the D who kept her composure to pass to Emma Walker on the left who slapped it straight into the far right corner to give Henley an early lead.

Henley keeper Hannah Lavish with Mel Joyce and Matilda Engelmark were able to maintain an imperishable defence line to keep the visitors out and ultimately get the ball to Cockerton on the forward line who stretched West Hampstead’s defence to put Henley back on the attack.

The second half began with Henley dominating the middle of the pitch with good passes between Metcalfe and Emma Gutteridge to slowly build play into West Hampstead’s half.

Good runs by Katie Butler created space to enable England to dribble the ball into the visitors’ D and win Henley a short corner. Henley tried to use the same tactic, but after good saves by West Hampstead’s keeper, struggled to convert it into a goal.

Henley continued their dominance and after skilful play by Barham, who slipped the ball to Roseff on the baseline, the hosts won themselves another short corner. Metcalfe disguised a tactical pass straight to Walker on the left of the D who slapped the ball back to Metcalfe on the penalty spot to slip it between the keeper’s legs to make it 2-0.

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