Matlock 3rds 7 v Woodlands HC 1st


The 3rd team were home this week to Woodlands HC 1st team. Again in the battle of the relegation zone.

Matlock started a little slow and Woodlands were creating scoring opportunities quickly with the speed of their front line and supporting midfield. Matlock soon found themselves 2-0 down in the first 15 minutes, however we were not disheartened and started to increase the pressure back with the hard work of Dani Bacon, Elise Charlton, Julia Bould and Beth Harwood in midfield.

The forwards were making good runs and there were a number of 'open goal' opportunities unfortunately missed. Woodlands were on the back foot and going into half time.

With a good half time team talk and defence tactics discussed, Woodlands could not break the defensive line and this allowed sweeper Claire Croll to move up the pitch to support the attacking play.

From a long corner routine, the ball was released by Elise Charlton on the right, to Claire Croll running from the defence, picking it up on the half way line to take on the defenders, as soon as she entered the 'D', she shoots and scores to the bottom right corner of the goal.

Matlock ever focused and determined to score more, pile on the pressure which causes Woodlands to get personal and start verbally abusing and pushing the younger players of the team. However they were not deterred and stayed strong winning a short corner. This time the ball was released by Izzy, short to Claire Croll who picked up the ball and struck it into the left hand corner of the goal, leveling the game.

This is when Woodlands became more physical and Woodlands umpire stopped the game, requesting teams are spoken to for barging and stating the 'coaching' from the sidelines to the youngsters was not allowed! Woodlands traveled with a coach but this was acceptable!

The game finished 2-2 and unfortunately Matlock remain bottom of the table, but the structure and skills that are now appearing are looking hopeful for the forthcoming games!

Man of the match again was awarded to Elise Charlton, for her hard work, battling and constant running throughout the match. Well done!

Training Times


Wirksworth Leisure Centre

Mondays - 1st and 2nd teams  - 6:30pm to 8pm

Tuesdays -3rd ,4th and 5th - 7pm to 8:30pm

Any adults who would love to get back to hockey please do not hesitate to contact us. Join us at the pitch on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm.

For further information please contact Liz English on 07814 797155


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Yr6 and Yr7 (U12) - 6pm to 8pm

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Bridget Gould

07906 211522

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