Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v Priorsfield School, 15.11.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Traditionally a strong opposition across the age groups the Bedales side knew they would in for a tough game. However, the home side started really well, attacking with pace and getting players high up the pitch.

Within 5 minutes Captain Nancy Tier had put Bedales 1-0 up with rasping shot in to the bottom corner. Soon after this however the momentum of the game completely changed with Priorsfield dominating the attacking possession and causing plenty of trouble for the Bedales side.

Three well worked short corners and a good individual later the game had taken on a different perspective and at half time Priorsfield went in deservedly 4-1 to the good.

The half time team talked focused on the need to recognise the importance of retaining possession higher up the pitch and allowing ourselves to create goalscoring opportunities. Despite Priorsfield still holding plenty of attacking threat they were thwarted on a number of occasions by goalkeeper Becca Staring and full back Hannah Mazas.

At the other end of the pitch Bedales were now creating a more and more chances, much through the endeavour and clever running from Elsa Rymer. A break down the right hand channel from Charlotte Land and an accurate pass created an opportunity for Nancy to bag her second goal of the game.

A comeback at this stage seemed on the cards but a number of chances went begging and in the end Priorsfield deservedly ended up as winners. An exciting end to end game with plenty of goals.