On to Round 2 in Championships for Ladies!
Henley's ladies 1st XI took on the Sonning ladies 1st XI team in the first round of the England Hockey Championships this Sunday
Sonning were eager for a win after losing to Henley in the league 2-1 the day before. Sonning were quick off the mark winning a short corner just 5 minutes into the game and coming out on top with a goal. Henley fought back with strong attacking play and some admirable link up passes and stick skills from Jem Barham and Ellie Roseff in the centre of the pitch. However, despite Henley’s determination the first half finished with a 1-0 lead from Sonning.
This led to Henley coming back strong into the game and pushing for several attacking short corners. Rachel Herbert stepped up to convert one of these short corners to a goal with a powerful strike leaving Sonning’s goal keeper no chance of getting to the ball. Henley’s defence were stretched when Sonning made quick turn overs and attacked on the break. Kath Draycott and Kat Green were not phased and made some vital defensive clearings before Sonning were given the opportunity to have another shot at goal.
Chloe Nelson made some promising runs and linking up with Georgie Metcalfe in attack giving Metcalfe the chance to use her speed and skill to draw in and eliminate Sonning’s defence. She then slipped the ball to Kiera Halloran in front of goal who planted the ball solidly to give Henley a late 2-1 lead. Mel Joyce made some impressive interceptions in the midfield to prevent another Sonning attack ensuring the game was won with a 2-1 lead to Henley.
Henley will now move to the next stage of the Championships which will take place on November 12th.