Match Report
King's College, Taunton Girls- 2's vs  Dean Close School
On: Saturday, 16 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

For a change, much of the drama was not on the pitch, but off it. As all travelling teams will have experienced, enormous volumes of traffic and road closures led to much delay and scenic routes taken in both directions. Thanks go to Holly and Grace for navigating most ably.

The girls were fresh off the bus when the first whistle was blown, though somehow managing to put the initial pressure on Dean Close. Captain Grace Perkins was a hive of activity throughout the game, often being the attacking conduit, along with Charlotte Philipp, Holly Ambler and Lilly Chambers. Some good attempts were made into the opposition 23m, though none resulting in a goal.

Dean Close then began to wake up and be far more effective hockey players, showing more calm and control than King's up until the half-time whistle. Emily Knill and Evie Robinson shored things up at the back, with Loveday Hedgecock called into action on several occasions.

The second half began to show a little more promise in terms of shape and organisation, with only a few shouts from the touchline. King's began to exploit the opposition weakness and attack down the right flank, with Emily Hardwick, Lottie Cannons and Frankie Gass knitting together passes well that allowed effective circle entry. Lannece Hole was hard-working throughout, which is the non-negotiable quality of a hockey forward, and created space for herself and others.

Several chances were created by both sides, that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, though ultimately it was to end in a stalemate. A good game and smiles worn by all, rounded off with some rather splendid jam sponge for tea.

Player of the match was awarded to Charlotte Philipp for having the knack of always being in the right place at the right time. Well done.