Saturday, 9th January 2016
Ambleside 1 vs Penrith 5
Despite what was on paper a heavy defeat for Ambleside in their first match after Christmas, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from a gutsy performance. The home side made a sluggish start, quickly falling two goals behind; firstly to a well-worked penalty corner with the opening minutes, quickly followed by a fierce strike which flew past the advancing Ambleside keeper. The Greens rallied however, and were able to convert from their own well-worked penalty corner, with Dayna Cannon rifling a shot past the Penrith defence.
Buoyed by that first goal, Ambleside continued to trouble the visitors, working well as a unit, but were unlucky to fall behind to a third Penrith goal. The home side did not let that faze them and were unlucky not to pull a second goal back as Holly Strickland almost made the most of her good position on the far post.
Ambleside continued to take the fight to Penrith in the second half, despite having fallen a further two goals behind shortly after the restart. The team created some good chances going forward, and will be looking to build on their fitness in this second half of the season to help them make the most of the good hockey being played.
Player of the match was Ailsa Richardson, whose defiant performance in defence was at the core of a great team game by Ambleside. The team will hope to build on this next week as they travel to Kirkby Stephen for what will undoubtedly be another tough match up.
Ambleside got straight back to work with a great turnout for the first training session of the New Year. Despite results not always going their way in the first half of the season, the players continue to train well and make great improvements.
The first team face a particularly tough restart to the season, immediately facing 3 of the top 5 teams in the league, but are keen to get back work. They face Penrith today, keen to avenge a harsh 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.
'It's a tough match to start off with,' says vice captain Caroline Cropper, 'but we're keen to show how we've progressed since the start of the season, particularly now our younger players have more match experience behind them.'
The second team continue to work hard, but unfortunately face another weekend without a match. 'It's a shame for them all.' agrees Caroline, 'the second team is a good mix of young players and back to hockey ladies who are training hard week in week out and they're not getting chance to play at the moment. Hopefully they will get their chance soon!'
Please come down to support the first team vs Penrith today, 12.30pm push back at Kirkbie Kendal astro.