Match report: vs Ulverston (H) and Keswick 1s (A)

Ambleside were once again in action twice this weekend, facing Ulverston at home on Saturday and Keswick 1s at Cockermouth on Sunday.

A thrilling match against Ulverston was a real confidence booster for the team, who dominated for the most part. Time and time again in the first half Ambleside tested their opponent”s defence,  with Jess, Lucy and Rio working as excellently as a unit, tearing up and down the pitch. With Maddie, Polly and Caroline always dangerous on the front line, it was surprising that Ambleside reached half time without scoring.

Second half started in much the same fashion, but Ulverston began to believe they might get something out of the game and won several penalty corners.  However Ambleside’s defensive line of Val, Megan, Jill and Sheelagh cleared everything. Emma and Jemma controlled midfield beautifully, enabling our attacking players to push for a goal.

Finally with only a couple of minutes left on the clock, Jess smashed the ball into the goal from a penalty corner, giving the Greens a well deserved win and three points.

Sunday was a different story as Ambleside headed to Cockermouth to play Keswick 1st with only 9 players, with many usual first team players unable to travel.

Keswick had a squad of 14, and are pushing for their first title, they play controlled, fluid hockey, always looking to switch the play and with form like this should certainly be capable of the title.

Nevertheless, despite the odds being again them, the team showed great spirit to keep going, with Emma especially, for whom today was her first experience of hockey at this level, showing great promise in the way she competed. 

Holly tackled fiercely, Caroline and Emily ran tirelessly, Megan never stopped trying to help with the attack and was always in position to defend for her life!

The ‘grand dames‘ at the back, Val, Jill and Amanda were turned inside out, but managed to make tackles and clearances.  Janet making her first appearance in goal was magnificent, diving and saving so many shots, who knows what the score might have been without her!

The greens may have fallen to a heavy 17-0 defeat, but played with enthusiasm and a smile in spite of the situation – what more can you ask?