Match reports 23/2/2019
Ladies 4s v Deeside Ramblers 4s 5-0 loss
With a stark contrast in weather to the original fixture, the beautiful countryside & balmy temperature were the perfect setting for this rearranged spot of hockey. As ever, Georgie Mascarenas was on form, weaving around players & taking the ball into up the pitch to feed the attackers. Hannah Chesters in the midfield was speedy & agile; both attacking & defending, listening well to advice & shadowing players. It was an exciting & adrenaline fuelled game for Becks Eaves who had bravely stepped up to play in goal. With an exceptional performance resulting in player of the match, it was hard to believe that she had never before donned the bulky pads. The defence of Dawn Price, Mary Lofthouse & Adele White were kept on their bashed and bruised toes for large portions of the game. Lots of short corners ensued but Deeside only managed to convert from one. Despite the score line, we played with gusto, gelled as a unit & most importantly, had fun. At half time, we had only conceded two goals and we were very much still in the game. However, we were most unlucky not to get on the score sheet but plenty of learning took place and this can only serve us well in future games. Next week we will welcome Sale at home.
Mens 1s v Brooklands 3s 2-2 Draw
This week Crewe hosted a young Brooklands side. The first half was a tactical affair with a lot of play in the middle of the pitch with chances at either end hard to come by. 0-0 at half time soon became 1-0 to the away side with a well taken deflected goal. Crewe pushed on and Mark Bateman reacted first in the D to slot home from close range against his former club. Almost immediately Brooklands took the lead again with 10 minutes to go. Jack Townsend managed to beat two players and find space in the D to fire home with the help of the goal keeper to make the score 2-2. Crewe held off a late surge from Brooklands to finish the game
Crewe 2 Brooklands 2
Mens 2s v Bowdon 7s 10-0 Win
After a tumultuous morning of player and umpire shuffling Crewe 2s managed to field 11 players in their game against Bowdon. Crewe focused on moving the ball quickly and creating triangles, this resulted in an early goal for Crewe debutant Adam Fall. Crewe continued to apply the pressure and the goals followed. Iain Ford, Greg Marshall and Nick Marshall (no relation) capitalised on opportunities to give Crewe a 7-0 lead at half time. In the second half Bowdon reorganised and limited Crewe’s opportunities. Adam Fall found space to finish his debut off with a hat trick. Whilst Iain and Greg also found another goal each. Final score 10-0. Adam Fall (3) Greg Marshall (3) Iain Ford (2) Nick Marshall (2). Man of the match: Adam Fall. Special mentions: Martin Walford for umpiring at short notice and Nick Marshall for playing at even shorter notice. Massive thanks to both of you!
Ladies 1s v Deeside 1s – 5-0 loss
Ladies 1s Crewe had a tough game against Deeside. Deeside came out hard with some quick transfers between players. Crewe’s four defenders Georgie Brown, Vic Lee, Gilly Gibbs-Blythe and Emma Bostock worked hard to keep Deeside at bay with several short corners. One of the short corners led to a top D shot into the top corner. Crewe continued to work hard with lots of passing between Jenny Zwijnen and Izzy Escott, however, Deeside scored another goal before half time, to leave the score as 2-0. Crewe continued to absorb the pressure from Deeside with Dionne Johnson and Emily Ford working hard in the middle. Alison Smith made some fantastic saves which kept the score line down and gave the opportunity for the forwards of Sheridan Marsden, Bev Jackson and Zoe Franklin to push further up the pitch and press the Deeside back 4. Deeside made some good passes and scored another two goals. Steph Thompson made some great tackles in left back working well with Lisa Holland on the left. Final score was 5-0. A hard game against a tough opposition. Crewe have a double header next weekend against Didsbury Greys and Lymm.
Man of the match went to Gilly Gibbs-Blythe.