Hucclecote Premier v Oaksway (a)
After a long journey up to Hartlepool on the Saturday to prepare for the game against 2nd placed Oaksway the Premier Squad felt prepared for the challenge of the NorthEast team who are always difficult to beat way from home.
With an encouraging but frustrating performance against Linden and a win against the Downs last week Hucclecote knew that a win in this fixture would move them into the top 3 going into the Christmas break – a far cry from the play off position they found themselves in at the end of last season.
However, it was a disappointing start to the game and despite the defensive unit of Sam Perry, Jackie Gabriel and Gemma Fletcher turning over numerous ball and working tirelessly to limit the affect of Oaksways towering shooter there were too many unforced errors and the attack failed to convert on numerous occasions.
Amanda Trounce was introduced at WA for the 2nd quarter after her recent return from the World Championships and her speed had an immediate impact helping the attack to settle and convert more of their attempts losing the quarter by just 1 goal but increasing Oaksways lead to 15-22.
With more changes at half time Hucclecote took time to settle and Oaksway began to find other ways of getting the ball into their shooter despite still being under great pressure from Perry and Gabriel who were linking well in the circle. Possession changed hands too frequently due to some poor passing errors resulting in a quarter score of 6-12.
Ffion Berry was reintroduced at GA for the final period along with Captain Becky Hemming at C. The team combined well for the first few minutes despite some physical pressure from the Oaksway defence. Despite gaining more turnover opportunities Hucclecote never looked likely to close the gap despite scoring the most amount of goals of any quarter (13) it was too little too late. The final score was 47-34.
Quarter Line ups:
GS Ffion Berry Gemma Gray Jess Garland/GG -
GA Gemma Gray Ffion Berry Gemma Gray/JG Ffion Berry
WA Rachel Henry Amanda Trounce - -
C Becky Hemming © Becky Hemming Steph Essex Becky Hemm
WD Gemma Fletcher Gemma Fletcher GF (replaced by RH) Rachel Henry
GD Sam Perry - - -
GK Jackie Gabriel - - -