Tuesday 10 October
U9As v Beeston Hall score: 0 – 0
LPS@TH travelled to Beeston Hall for their second hockey match this season. Trying to put into practice what they had learnt in lessons, LPS@TH got off to a good start with strong runs from Sophia and Susannah who created chances. Beeston put the pressure on, but solid defending from Lois and Connie and some great saves from our new keeper Sky denied them of any goals. Despite the LPS@TH team finding Daisy and Mary in great positions in the ‘D’ the result ended goalless!
Team: Susannah H, Sophia B, Lois C, Connie C, Daisy S, Sky H, Mary L
U9Bs v Beeston Hall score: 1 – 2
Our U9Bs had their first match of the season against Beeston. Freya was captain for the day and lead from the beginning with some good work going forwards. Unfortunately, we could not convert any of our chances on goal, and we forced their goal keeper into making some good saves. Despite some good tackling by our defenders, Olivia G and Olivia B, we struggled to clear the ball and allowed the opposition’s center forward the opportunity to score unchallenged. In the second half, Milly and Liella-Grace linked up well and had plenty of opportunities to score. Evie worked hard and eventually we managed to get one shot on target to finish the match 1 – 2. Daisy had a quiet afternoon in goal but managed to stop a couple of close range shots. A great evenly matched game of hockey with plenty to work on going forwards, particularly in front of goal. Well done girls.
Team: Daisy L, Milly E, Olivia G, Olivia B, Evie B-S, Liella-Grace F, Freya S
Wednesday 11 October
U11As v Greshams score: 8 – 0
LPS@TH took on Greshams at home on the back of their impressive performances at the IAPS regional championships last week. They took the game to Greshams and were soon on the front foot with good interplay between Emily and Evie with Grace creating chances for Edith who was on form in front of goal, scoring 4 goals throughout the match. It was great to see Lilly-Ella chipping in with two goals and creating another for Evie, before Emily scored from a well worked moved at the end of the game. The girls have gelled very well as a team and work for each other both on and off the ball. They are a joy to coach as they try to implement the instructions given to the letter and are getting better week on week. The girls are looking at challenging themselves at Culford next week.
Team . Isabelle M, Emily H, Alex G, Eleanor T, Evie W, Grace HK, Edith D, Lilly-Ella PH.
U11Bs v Greshams score: 0 – 2
Under 11Bs v Greshams U11Bs
An unlucky loss for the LPS@TH U11Bs after putting up a great fight in the first half. Summer, Millie and Emily created chances, along with solid defending from Tuesday and Harriett kept the score to 0-0 at half time. Greshams came back strong in the second half and despite great saves from Zinchle and some good defending from newbies Ella and Trinity, Greshams managed to put a couple in the goal. Gracie worked hard in the midfield again creating chances with her awesome runs and skills but couldn’t quite get the ball in the goal.
Team: Gracie C, Emily SU, Millie P, Summer N, Tuesday P, Harriett M, Trinity B , Ella B, Zinchle N, Rachel H
U11Cs v Greshams score: 1- 2
With one of the squad absent, the girls had their work cut out from the start. However, with a strong attacking line-up of Ella, Millie and Alice, LPS@TH took the lead with a superb goal from Millie five minutes into the game. This put the girls on a ‘high’ and they all continued to support each other well for the rest of the first half. As the game unfolded however, the Greshams girls picked up speed and determination, and seemed to be on the attack with far more frequency. Zinhle made some superb saves and showed her agility and athleticism throughout, but unfortunately wasn’t able to prevent two goals being scored by the opposition. Harriet also showed a good improvement in her tackling and clearing of the ball. It is the simple things that need working on, such as clearing the ball to the side of the pitch when under pressure, and not straight back to the opponents, more urgency in taking free hits and keeping that work rate up for the full duration of the match. This was a good team effort and looks very promising for next week. Well done all!
Team: Rachel S, Ella B, Millie J, Harriet D, Constance B, Cara F, Zinhle N (GK), Alice H
U11Ds v Greshams score: 0 – 3
This was the first competitive home match for the U11Ds and for some, their first ever competitive game against another school. The conditions for the girls were good and the teams were evenly balanced in the first half with Greshams scoring just one goal before the half time whistle. Mariana worked tirelessly up front, ably supported by Amelie, but they were unable to get many shots at goal due to strong defending from their opposition. The second half brought two more goals from their opponents but there was some solid defending from Evie and good goal keeping from Sophia (in goal for the first time too) keeping the score line down. It was so encouraging to hear the girls say, “please don’t substitute me”, but with a squad of 10 girls, everyone was included. More match practice will see a huge improvement in the girl’s performance, along with perfecting their shooting technique, looking up before they pass so as not to lose possession and more urgency to take free hits therefore gaining advantage. While there is such enthusiasm amongst the girls, this can only bring positive results and with a good work ethic, as with everything, the girls will reap the rewards. Good effort girls.
Team: Mariana L, Amelie T, Sara O, Audrey W, Sophie C, Lana K, Evie G (capt), Georgia Z, Emily B, Sophia P (GK)
U13 A v Greshams B score: 0 – 4
LPS@TH U13As had a tough away trip to Greshams to face their U13Bs. It was tough going from the start with Greshams playing some good hockey and applying high pressure , it was only some excellent tackling from Ruby K, Beatrice C and Holly E that prevented Greshams taking the lead. However, midway through the 1st half Greshams took the lead despite Megan B’s best efforts in goal. Greshams continued to play well and added a 2nd before half time. After the break LPS@TH improved and began to string some passes together. There was some excellent running upfront from Summer H, Isabella S and Rebekah H which went unrewarded. An injury to Ruby K’s thumb however disrupted things for LPS@TH and meant a reshuffle along the backline. Despite 100% effort and commitment from the LPS@TH girls it was Greshams who managed to rack up another 2 goals. The girls worked hard throughout the game but need to work on possession and positioning if they are to get just rewards for their efforts.
Team: Megan B, Holly E, Rebekah H, Isabella S, Ruby K, Beatrice C, Summer H
U13 B v Greshams D score: 1 – 4
The team got off to a good start with determination on the pitch and some urgency when pushing forwards, but unfortunately we were unable to convert some early chances due to some excellent saves by the opposition’s goal keeper. Laura was strong in the tackle in defence and Milly worked tirelessly in the middle, but we started to give the ball away too easily and gave Greshams too many easy chances on goal, which they took. Sophie made some superb close range stops to keep us in the game at half time. The second half was more evenly matched, however both teams gave possession away too easily. After conceding an own goal that we could do little about, our best move of the game came from the centre pass, with Sara and Milly linking up well and Milly scoring a well worked goal. The scoreline was not a fair reflection of the match, as we matched our opposition in terms of skill on the ball, but it does show that we need to work much harder as a team to keep the ball.
Team: Grace D, Sophie CR, Laura W, Tabitha A, Milly HK, Sara B, Madeleine B