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Ladies 4th XI - Match centre

Wootton 3
Kettering Hockey Club 4ths
Sat 30 Mar 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Kettering ladies 4th v Wootton 3

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Goals galore.

The ladies 4s travelled to Northampton to face Wootton 3s in the final match of the season even though this was a friendly Kettering were eager to end the season with a good result to reflect the vast improvement shown throughout the team over the season.
Wootton undoubtedly had the better start of the two sides and were putting together some slick passing and soon got their reward when they pulled seasoned defender Mary Schwier out of position and struck a beauty of a shot which left keeper Sophie Bennett no chance of a save 1-0.
For a good spell both sides played very offensive style hockey which produced many shots on goal, although Kettering were still finding it difficult to find their stride.
Kettering levelled the match 1-1 when youngster Athena Heeley picked the ball up from a rebound shot and flicked it past the Wootton Keeper.
Just before half-time Wootton were awarded a penalty for a foot infringement on the goal line, the Wootton player dispatched a low flick to the right making it 2-1.

Following the team talk at half-time Kettering showed their determination to fight for this match putting together some strong offensive play and when Meghan Griggs got on the end of a hard hit ball down the wing she drove into the D and struck a corker of a shot that thudded in the back of the net 2-2.
Wootton still kept coming at Kettering and still Kettering kept up their offensive with everyone in midfield battling hard another pass through to Kettering’s Meghan Griggs saw her power into the D and unleashed another beauty which was heading straight for the back of the net no question but Athena Heeley was making certain as she took a touch just in front of goal 3-2.
Wootton were making substitutions galore in an attempt to tame Kettering however following a foray into the D Kettering were awarded a penalty for a foot on the goal line. Mary Schweir veteran and by-gone striker was called upon to deal with the penalty and so she stepped up and pushed the ball to the right of the keeper who almost made the save but the ball was deemed to have crossed the goal line by the eagle eyed umpire 4-2.
This game was by no means over Wootton were substituting players constantly as the unseasonable heat took its toll on everyone and so in this thrilling game Wootton came right back at Kettering scoring a further 2 goals one in open play and the other from a short corner 4-4 game really on!
Both teams were fighting for every ball and Meghan Griggs in her exuberance failed to retreat the mandatory 5 metres and got a green card and 2 minutes off the pitch for her trouble.
Meghan nearly had the last laugh when she put Kettering’s fifth goal decisively in the back of the net 5-4 with one minute to go however Wootton raced up the pitch and from the pushback took the ball straight up the pitch catching Kettering’s defence napping and scored levelling the game at 5-5.

Joint player of the match – Meghan Griggs and Athena Heeley.

Team selection

Bennett, Sophie Bennett, Sophie
Schwier, Mary Schwier, Mary
Mitton, Katie Mitton, Katie
Clapham, Holly Clapham, Holly
Fanthorpe, Caroline Fanthorpe, Caroline
Farr, Pam Farr, Pam
Leach, Lin Leach, Lin
Donnelly, Marie Donnelly, Marie
Loveland, Roxy Loveland, Roxy
Griggs, Meghan Griggs, Meghan
Heeley, Athena Heeley, Athena

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