Maidstone Ladies 1s
|Date||Saturday 15th October|
Maidstone went into this match feeling confident after a string of positive performances.
Oxford Hawks young and sprightly team started the stronger side, however, taking the ball from the push back straight into Maidstone’s D. They continued with high intensity, pressing and pinning Maidstone back, making it hard for the defence to release the ball.
Maidstone on the other hand were little nervy, and struggled to create the tempo of the previous weeks. Oxford registered on the scoreboard first with cleverly deflected goal after 17 minutes.
The Hawks goal almost kick-started Maidstone into gear, with the home team beginning to pick up the ball pace and find their familiar attacking style. A goal quickly followed after a simple yet well worked short corner, put away by Cara Brogan-Jones 5 minutes from half time.
Having got themselves back into the game, Maidstone went into half time feeling confident and expecting to leave the field with three points. Oxford continued their attacking and fast paced hockey, however, continuously giving Maidstone no time on the ball, and always seeming to have another player to overlap on the attack and they were on the scoresheet again just 3 minutes into the second half. The visitors’ third then followed just 4 minutes later as Maidstone were caught on the break.
Although Maidstone never really clicked into shape, they continued to fight to get themselves back into the match. Penalty corners ensued, which the team were unable to put away, and Maidstone were again caught on the break with just 10 minutes to go, with a further Hawks goal putting the nail in the coffin 2 minutes from the final whistle.
The match ended 5-1, with Maidstone disappointed with their uncharacteristic performance. There is no doubt amongst the players, however, that the team will bounce back next week, and this disappointment will only spur them on to train and work even harder.