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Ladies 4th XI - Match centre

Kettering Hockey Club 4ths
Grammarians
Sat 23 Mar 16:00 - League Full time

Kettering ladies 4th v Grammarians

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Two short corners Kettering's undoing!

Kettering fielding a team with a very young average age, set out to play Grammarians on an unusually mild and still Saturday afternoon, in total contrast to their opposition whose team was made up of predominately hard hitting senior players.
Kettering were in for a tough match and despite missing several experienced players knew that youthfulness and speed was their advantage. The Captain had emphasised close marking and talked about the oppositions style of play and with this in mind Kettering took to the pitch and dominated the match for the first 25 minutes with the ball rarely crossing into their defending half.
Youngster Maddie King playing her second league match of the season fought fiercely in central midfield as did Esther Tennant who showed her potential reading her opponents intentions and bolting down the wing when in possession of the ball.
Kettering had a couple of chances in the first half go begging as did Grammarians which brought about a cracking double save from Keeper Sophie Bennett.
The breakthrough goal was to come shortly before half-time following the award of a short corner Grammarians unleashed a missile like shot.
The second half began with a tiring Grammarians team having to rely more on their long passes which were foiled for the most part by Jessika Prestedge and Laura Bird who in her league debut was awarded player of the match.
Play continued to be an even affair with both sides fully committed to the contest however despite a solid defensive performance Kettering were undone by another short corner goal.
Although Kettering lost 0 – 2 they were congratulated by an exhausted Grammarians side for a hard fought battle.
The future bodes well for this development team!

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