Result: 3-3 (Draw)
Goal scorers: Andrea Agut Artigas, Annabel Salter and Sophie Roberts
Player of the match: Andrea Agut Artigas
In windy conditions Malvern hosted a very strong Dean Close side who have always had the edge in recent fixtures. The start of the match was pretty scrappy from both sides, with Malvern trying to string passes together and Dean Close attempting to carry the ball. With chances coming at both ends, Tonia Worrallo was taken down by the Dean Close goalkeeper and a penalty stroke was awarded. Andrea Agut scored the penalty which set Malvern on their way. Malvern doubled their lead through Annabel Slater before Dean Close pulled a goal back through a short corner right on the stroke of half time.
In the second half Dean Close came out of the blocks flying and scored an early goal to draw the match level and then continued to pile on the pressure. Malvern then changed formation and stopped the flow of Dean Close. They played an incredible 15 minute spell of hockey, but were not rewarded. Against the run of play Dean Close took the lead through some sloppy defending, but a resilient Malvern side equalised through debutant Sophie Roberts with five minutes remaining.
In parts Malvern played some of their best hockey of the season! The team will build on this performance after half term and we move into the indoor season.
Result: 3-1 (Win)
Goal scorers: Esther Woods, Sassy Anderson and Imogen Cole
Player of the match: Imogen Cole
The 2nd XI turned up with lots of energy ready for what was set to be a tough game against Dean Close. The first half was very evenly matched with end to end play. Our girls dominated the passing game with Dean Close working hard to chase the ball down. Once Esther Woods came on she injected pace down the right side of the pitch and scored the first goal for Malvern. We went into half time with the scores level at 1-1. The half time team talk focused on maintaining our passing game but to work as a unit in the press in order to break down the Dean Close opportunities. The girls listened to these points and went into the second half confident and strong. We were by far the stronger team on the day and two more goals came: one from Sassy Anderson and the other from Imogen Cole. The game ended with a thoroughly deserved 3-1 win to Malvern.
Result: 3-0 (Win)
Player of the match: Millie Page
Goal scorers: Ishbel Spencer-Nairn (x2), Lottie Bulley
The 3rd XI displayed the same excellent form they’ve shown all season. The first passage of play and, indeed, most of the first half was a masterclass in how to move the ball around a hockey pitch. We ought, therefore, to have been more than 1-0 up at half-time so, having talked about using the whole circle, the girls took to the field in the second half determined to get something from every circle entry. Dean Close fought hard and we needed to inject some inspiration to the game to get us the goals. Ishbel Spencer-Nairn and Lottie Bulley both found the back board with perfectly executed reverse stick shots. It was another sparkling ‘day at the office’ for the thirds, whose outstanding teamwork continues to make them a pleasure to coach and a force to be reckoned with.
4th XI v Dean Close
Result: 2-2 (Draw)
Goal Scorers: Missy Hingley and Olivia Holt
Player of the match: Freya Bedell
The fourths had one of their best matches of the season this weekend. All the girls played extremely hard and well. The final result was a 2 – 2 draw but there were moments of brilliance from the team as a whole. The goal scorers were Missy Hingley and Liv Holt who both played well in their central positions. Freya Bedell was nominated player of the match for her extremely high work-rate.
Result: 1-0 (Win)
Goal scorer: Jemima Martyn- Smith
Players of the match: Catherine Horn and Ruth Ettler
Following a string of good performances the U15As were determined to continue to build on a good start to the season. Travelling away and playing against a very strong Dean Close side, it was always going to be a tough match. The start of the match was a little disjointed; Malvern struggled to settle into a rhythm with some disorganised phases of play and we were unable to make good connections in their passing. Dean Close made a good start with strong ball carriers and a solid defensive line. Going into half-time both teams had some chances to score but none were converted.
In the second half the game came to life with the Malvern girls working hard to execute the game plan. Within six minutes a fantastic team goal was scored and Catherine Horn made a brilliant tackle in defence. Harriet Carpenter carried well into space before offloading to Kitty Holroyd, who linked up with Jasmine Ellis, who dribbled strongly into the D. A slick pass to Mouse Broughton followed by a great finish from Jemima Martyn-Smith. What followed was a disciplined defensive performance, as Dean Close looked to push for a goal. Kinny Clarke and her defensive team held strong, marking well and, in the dying minute of the game, Immie Renaud made a fantastic save off the line. A great second half performance from the girls! Resilience, determination and teamwork were key to this performance.
Result: 1-0 (Loss)
Player of the match: Evelyn Kenrick
The girls were pushed today and had to work hard for 40 minutes. Dean Close looked strong as they had most of the possession in the first half, nevertheless Malvern fought back as a team and defended out of their skin! Louisa Marsden-Smedley, Coco Anderson, Molly Battersby and Victoria Ersboll were outstanding. Their drive and determination to deny the opposition from scoring was second to none. Evelyn Kenrick was most definitely pick of the players today. It was her first time playing within the squad and she made a number of tremendous saves, diving all over the place! The girls worked their socks off and we are immensely proud of their performance.
An unfortunate loss, however the girls have walked away with their heads held high.
Result: 2-1 (Win)
Goal scorers: Lucy Underwood and Lily Hutton
Player of the match: Vicky Monllor with special mention of Gia Neath
Another improved performance from the U14A’s against Dean Close. Malvern started strongly, linking up well through midfield and into attack with Lily Hutton getting the breakthrough goal. Lucy Underwood added to this shortly before half-time and Malvern looked comfortable. In the second half Dean Close stepped up their game and we were under a lot more pressure, but Chloe MacKellar and Anna Wentworth-Fitzwilliam kept the defence organised and Malvern held on for the win. Vicky Monllor and Gia Neath were outstanding in midfield linking the team together.
Result: 2-0 (Win)
Goal scorers: Georgie Clarke and Eve Liesel
Players of the match: Mary Needham, Erin Wakefield and Georgie Clarke
Malvern made a positive start to the match, immediately pushing Dean Close deep into their half. The girls looked strong, moving the ball well around the pitch causing all sorts of issues for the opposition. There was some fantastic link up play from Mary Needham and Rosy Russell playing wide, creating space at the top of the circle for a super strike from Georgie Clarke. Another break from the Malvern attack and a cheeky tap in on the back post by Eve Liesel took us to half time with a 2-0 lead.
Dean Close stepped back out with determination, forcing us to change our game plan to a more defensive style to hold onto our lead. Our defensive four and goalkeeper Elizabeth Morrow (who made several brilliant saves and clearances) showed great intensity and were able to keep Dean Close away from our goal. A great game for the U14B’s this week and some fantastic hockey played!
Girls Hockey Development Squad
Result: 3-0 (Loss)
Player of the match: Nayanna Sira
Malvern started the game very well with Dean Close on the back foot for most of the first half. There were some great spells for Malvern during the game with Anna O’Neill, Saffy Wickes and Syuzanna Avanesova linking up front. Halfway through the first half Malvern created a good chance of scoring through Syuzanna, breaking down the right-hand side of the pitch and dribbling into the D, she managed to get her shot away but the Dean Close keeper made a smart save on her near post.
The girls went in to half-time 0-0 but they had much of the possession and the best chance of the game so far.
Dean Close started well in the second half and scored a goal down Malvern’s right hand side. Once the goal went in Dean Close started to push even harder and Alice Gudkova made some smart saves to keep the score at 0-1. The girls then got back into the game and started to push Dean Close back. One break-away and Dean Close made it 2-0 and then, with the last touch of the game, Dean Close made it 3-0.
Although the girls came away with a 3-0 loss their performance was amazing and this was definately the best game the girls have played all season. They should all be very proud of their performance.