Captains Blog; Game Date 26/09/2015
Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 1st XI, this week hosted the Sevenoaks team who had gained promotion with them into the Kent Premier League. Anchorians took a strong warm up into the game and started well, despite the hot conditions and only having the bare 11. Good passing between the midfields meant a strong attacking position for the majority of the first half. Fantastic runs from Heather Shave and Sharon Hodges on the wings carved up Oaks’ midfield and Anchs were unlucky not to be awarded several short corners. A well taken looping shot from Jackie Gray was disallowed and the home side were justified at feeling a little disappointed in the deadlocked score at the half time whistle, considering the quality of hockey they were playing.
Anchorians pushed on in the second half and saw several near misses skimming past the outside of the posts as well as a number short corner routines kept out by good defensive work. The difference in the end was Sevenoaks bring two subs in the blistering heat. Fresh legs on the pitch meant that Oaks were marginally faster to react to an intercepted ball and the visitors made the most of one of their few chances, passing the ball around goalkeeper Vicky Winchester who had been having an outstanding game. Anchs deserved at least a draw out of the fixture but couldn’t quite see it happen, despite spending the last ten minutes of the match camped in the Sevenoaks defensive half. In spite of the result, it was a fantastic performance and a great improvement to their previous performance, demonstrated as six different women shared the player of the match accolade.
Team: Vicky, Harris, Strangles, Lucy, Hev, Shaz, Irish, Laura, Ellie, Ash, Biffo
Anchs welcomed a strong ashford for a mid week friendly. Anchs started the game at a great pace and were soon one up when a good team move saw Callum Harris slot home. A well worked short corner from Chris Lacky and john stiff saw an illegal stop on the line with john stiff slotting home the resulting penalty flick. In fairness to ashford they rallied and were level by half time following two penalty corners which were slotted home at the second attempt despite two decent saves from keeper darren richardson. A rallying team talk from from new coach keir starley sent Anchs out ready and in all honesty Anchs dominated the second half with Chris Risby stealing the show with a superb hat trick. Overall a good win and start to pre season!
Captains blog, game date 19/09/2015
Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 1st XI came up against a strong Old Bordenians side in the Kent Premier League. Emma Strangleman entertained before the match, and ultimately earned herself special, for remembering her goggles and forgetting her astros. Anchs soaked up the pressure of several defensive short corners in the first 20 minutes and a penalty flick was given away when a shot hit a defender on the line, but goalkeeper Sarah Hrebien was more than equal. Eventually the pressure led to two Old Boardenians goals by half time.
Anchorians came back stronger in the second half and some great passing throughout the team led to several near chances to get themselves back in the game. Newcomer Ellie Hyne held the centre of the park solidly. However Old Bordenians were again awarded several short corners and managed to convert two. Anchorians defence shut out the attack with some fantastic tackling from Strangleman and player of the match Sarah Lack and Old Bordenians were forced onto the back foot for the last fifteen minutes. However a consolation goal was just out of reach and the game finished 4-0 to Old Boardenians leaving both teams mid table. Fortunately, the Anchs ladies had Abby’s fabulous rainbow cake, worthy of the Bake Off, to look forward to after the match
Team: Herbie, Harris, Lacky, Strangleman, Lucy, Shaz, Ellie, Laura, Hev, Biffo, Abby, Bennett, Shimmie
Captains Blog (it’s back!!) – Game Date 12/09/2015
Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 1st XI got off to winning ways in their first match after promotion to the Kent Premier League. The opposition was local team Old Williamsonians and the visitors were on the front foot for the first ten minutes of the match, although the Anchs defence remained strong. Soon the tide began to turn and Anchs were first on the score board after a brilliant reverse loop over the keeper from Jackie Gray. The game became more end-to-end with both teams winning short corners, Sarah Hrebien kicking out well to keep the Anch’s goal clear. The second goal came when a short corner strike took the OW’s keeper to the ground and Sharon Hodges calmly flicked the rebound over her and into the net. Old Williamsonians got their first after smart thinking from an attacker who capitalised on an uncharacteristic Anchorians error and struck past Hrebien from the top of the D. Anchs soon re-established their two goal lead however, after a driving run on the right, found the ball loose in the OW’s area and Abby Atkinson calmly swept it past the keeper into the far corner of the goal. Both teams felt the heat in the second half and the game became a less frantic affair. OWs settled the score when they broke away from a spell of pressure in their area to bring the score back to 3-2. Anchs nearly stole another in the last ten minutes of the match with some particularly impressive passing from payer of the match, Laura Watters, but were unable to convert.
Team: Herbie, Harris, Lacky, Strangleman, Lucy, Shaz, Irish, Laura, Hev, Ash, Abby, Biffo