Last games for the ladies, men’s continue to fight for promotion

19 MAR | BY CREWE VAGRANTS HOCKEY CLUB

Ladies 1s v Sale – pitch flooded rearranged 30th March

Mens 3s v Triton 4s – 3-2 Win
Crewe played Triton at home today, the winner of this having a shot at top of the table. The looser relying fate to even get a shot at promotion. Crewe were quick out of the gates with a flurry of short corners in the first 10 minutes with Phil Meakinbagging the first as a deflection and Neil Gibbons bagging the second as a straight shot. Triton were quick to find form and were able to grab one just before half time. The second half saw Triton attempting to control play but Crewe controlling any attacking opportunity and clearing it with Jonathan Callwoods short corner defence not to be questioned. An excellent placed aerial behind the defence and at the top of the D saw Lewis Ward pick it up on the bounce with a shot worthy of pro league highlights. With Crewe solidly ahead and only 10 left Triton started getting desperate and were able to bag one more off a counter attack. Crewe held solid until the whistle with the final score Crewe 3 Triton 2. Now firmly top of the table and with a decent gap to 3rd. Man of the Match goes jointly to Phil Meakin and Lewis Ward for excellent play making

Ladies 4s v Wilmslow 4s – 7-1 Loss
For our last game of the season, we welcomed top of the table Wilmslow 4’s. It would be fair to say that they were probably expecting us to play a defensive game but we were frequent visitors in their D. Player of the match Grita Vilutyte shone and was instrumental with her interceptions and passes to the waiting attackers who made many a shot on goal. We were awarded a short corner and the ball was strategically placed on the back-board by non other than Grita who was having a great match. Poppy Harrington finally, after much encouragement, made her debut and with some great passes to her teammates. A very experienced Wilmslow team attacked in their triangles; slick and time-served skills prevailed. They were denied many a shot on goal by our stalwart defence and goalkeeper, who were certainly kept on their toes. Short corners seemed to be the order of the day; neatly converted or set up by the Wilmslow captain. She also put herself forward for the two penalty flicks of which Jayne Sharpe made a brilliant save, much to the dismay of the opposition! As with every other game this season, much fun was had. With thanks to our captain, Dawn Price for guiding us through week on week without a win. Here’s to next season!

Ladies 3s v Golbourne 2s – 2-1 Loss
Crewe 3s last game of the season was away at Golbourne! The weather clearly wasn’t on our side so to say we got a little wet would be an understatement. Weather aside we pushed on really well as a team and had some great chances early on. Georgie made her debut to the 3s with a great effort to her hockey and seem to gel really well with the team. Sophie Goodwin and Lily Gorman soaked up the pressure in the midfield attacking area and gave plenty of opportunity in the D to test the keeper. Crewe pressed and linked together well with some precision passing all over the pitch to test the home side. Golborne 2s reacted however and took the opportunity to go 1-0 up from an unfortunate tackle in the D to slip the ball passed the keeper.
Going into the second half only 1-0 down we knew we had it in us to draw it back and true to form form a great pass from Daniek up the side line for Penny Jones to take a fantastic strike from a tight angle for the keeper to watch with disbelief that it was going into the goal; great effort and performance from all. Drawing with most of the second half Crewe were under pressure and defended well keeping the goals at bay after another stirling performance from our very own keeper Amanda Kimber and defenders trio Nova, Cat and Tanya. Crewe maintained their team spirit throughout the entire game leading from our captain Paula with continuous support and encouragement from each other and missed some quality opportunities in the attacking end. Unfortunately for Crewe, Golborne caught us up short to get a goal with 5 minutes to go for them to take the win at 2-1 to finish the end of the season!

Mens 1s v Knutsford 1s 4-2 Win
This week was one of those weeks which brought selection headaches. Regardless, Crewe took 11 men away to Knutsford for their penultimate game of the season. Crewe started well with solid defending by youngsters Dan Read and Dom Barker. 10 minutes in Ben Read found space to fire home in to the corner, 1 soon became 2 thanks for Greg Marshall who delfected a shot high in to the goal. Half time Crewe 2 Knutsford 0. Half Time came and went and Crewe carried on where they left off with Ben Read and Jack Townsend scoring in quick succession. Knutsford fought back to make the final score Crewe 4 Knutsford 2

Ladies 2s v Golbourne 1s – 2- 0 Loss
The ladies 2s faced mid table Golbourne, after a draw in the away fixture hopeful of some points. Golbourne started strong and put the defensive unit of gk Grace Leonard, Grace Newman, Katie Gibbs-Blythe and Erin Wray under considerable pressure. Crewe went 1 -0 down just before the break after a Golbourne corner converted with a straight strike at the bottom left Post.

Player of the match Anna Bates worked hard in the centre working well with Melanie Brooks, who received her first ever green card for some over zealous tackles giving her a two minute break. Kate Humphrey, trying out a new position, sweeping making some vital tackles and breaking down play in the middle of the field. Claire Duncan slotted well into the midfield playing her 2nd game the the ladies 2s.

Golbourne extended the league with a goal in open play with a breakaway attack leaving GK Leonard with two hungry attackers.

Lots of positive attacking play from the Crewe side including plenty of corners, but we couldn’t convert today. Overall a tough season with plenty to work on next year, but lots of positives to take forward.

Mens 2s v Triton 2s – 4-2 Win
Crewe 2s faced another tough challenge on their run into the end of the season. They started strong with an early goal from Chris Sorensen but triton soon found their feet and responded with 2 of their own. Strong words at half time saw Crewe come out looking for the win. A more clinical approach to build up play found Chris his second and Bruce Forster a goal putting Crewe in the lead. A precise 60 yard pass from Keith Jackson found Chris on the left side of the pitch who played the ball quickly into Adam Fall who put the game to bed in Crewes favour. A 4-2 win in trying circumstances shows the fighting spirit of the team. Man of the match: Keith Jackson for an outstanding defensive display.