“MENDIP MAGIC AS THE MALLET FALLS ON SHEPTON”
On a fine autumnal afternoon we witnessed a superb Ladies hockey match between two very good teams.
The game got underway and Mendip had the better of the early exchanges and played their hockey in Shepton’s half, pinning them in on every occasion.
It was this pressure which eventually broke the deadlock with a good move and square ball from Sally Stanford to break through Shepton’s defensive midfield, which saw Carol Holmes score the opening goal.
Towards the end of the first half Shepton started to click with their coach making a couple of substitutions. Creating the desired effect, they broke down the left and a great shot which took a deflection found the roof of the Mendip net giving the keeper no chance.
The second half started in the same pattern as the first with the Mendip Ladies taking the majority of possession and running circles around Shepton.
The ball was switched from wing to wing and it was from some very good attacking play that Mendip got their
second goal; gracefully pushed through the confusion in the oppositions defence and past the keeper by Sarah Whittaker.
As the game entered the final quarter Shepton pushed on and started to look the more likely to be the next to score, but on every occasion they found the Mendip keeper in fine and very brave form. With Shepton pushing forward on every opportunity Mendip broke away and with a textbook J-run the ball was played into Shepton’s D where the Mendip goal machine, Carol Holmes, received and struck the ball, scoring her second goal of the game.
Play continued mercilessly despite both teams tiring, but within the remaining 10 minutes of the match Mendip once again took control of the ball, and in their final strong attack Ella Constable received a pass from the edge of the D and, undeterred by the scrabble, claimed the fourth goal, giving Mendip some well deserved breathing space.
This was a very well fought game between two evenly matched sides, but on this occasion it was the Mendip Ladies 2nd’s who came through.
Player of the match went to Ella Constable.
Hopefully Mendip can take the confidence from their last two friendly victories into their first league game at home next Saturday against Cheddar.