It was a frustrating day on Saturday for Ross Ladies Hockey. Ross Ladies knew that their game against Bourton & Sherborne Seconds was going to be a tough one as they have previously faced and played each other last season. It was an unfortunate result for Ross with B&S winning the match 3-1, and even more disappointing when Ross had a goal disallowed.
Ross started the game well with Jess Element scoring the first goal. It was so close to becoming two with Bronwyn Russell getting in on the back post during a short corner as everyone drew their breath, but unfortunately the B&S defender got her stick to the ball just in time. Sophie Rushe had good ball control creating some good counterattacks but to no avail. Liese Brady and Kath Taylor-Jessup worked hard in defence, channelling their attackers out wide with both Ange Williams and Rebecca Heyes maintaining their positions and holding central defence. Kate Williams worked incredibly hard as goalkeeper pulling off some spectacular saves with no fear as she threw herself at the ball. However, B&S came back fighting after the first goal and scored 2 goals during the first half leaving the score 2-1 at half time.
In the second half Ross upped their socks and kept attacking with Hollie Dawson providing good width and making side line runs with the ball with Erika Rees for support. During the entire game Kim Calland and Jess Element worked tirelessly in midfield, constantly returning to defend their own half and making the runs and creating space when attacking. Jess Element suffered a blow to the face during the second half but after only taking a few minutes off the pitch she was ready to come back on and continue playing with a swollen lip! In defence Holly Belcher continued to clear the ball but unfortunately for Ross, B&S were able to score a third goal. Shortly after Kim Calland scored a goal for Ross which was disallowed leaving the final score at 3-1.
However, this has not dampened the team spirit who are raring to go again next Saturday and hopeful to go back to their winning ways! Player of the match went to Holly Belcher for fighting hard in defence.