Maidstone Ladies 1s
|Date||Saturday 26th November|
League Leaders Surbiton Show Why They’re At The Top
Maidstone hosted league leaders Surbiton this week on the back of a string of encouraging displays.
After what was to be rare Maidstone attack from the start, it took just 4 minutes for Surbiton to get on the scoreboard during some well-worked open play. The game continued at a speedy pace, and just three minutes later Surbiton’s Chloe Strong stepped up to clinically convert a penalty corner to take it to 2 – 0.
Although the visitors dominated the game, Maidstone got themselves back in it and refused to drop their heads. Half-chances were created but the home side were unable to convert.
Back at the defensive end of the pitch, Surbiton’s skilful players and supreme team play earned themselves a number of penalty corners, with Strong converting her ninth of the season shortly before the half time whistle to take the score to 3 – 0.
Maidstone went into the second half determined to score but were unable to break through the visitors’ tight defence. The home side also locked down the hatches, however, with particularly good play from joint players of the match Annabelle Rowe and Jenny Vincent, and despite the majority of the last quarter of the game being played in Maidstone’s half, the visitors were unable to add to their lead.
With one minute left, a further penalty corner was conceded and again was finished clinically with the final score being 4 – 0. Surbiton remain unbeaten in the league and boast the best defensive record across all Investec Women’s Hockey leagues.
The league takes a break over Christmas now and Maidstone resume their campaign away at 7th place Harleston Magpies on 5February 2012 who are just 2 points above the Kent side.