Ladies Defeated on Hackney Marshes
K's beaten in a league match for the first time but not disgraced at all.
Everyone has heard the numerous professional players who say that “it all began for them playing on Hackney Marshes”. Today was the day we got to experience the famous Hackney Marshes for ourselves.
After a long trek across London, we kicked off against a Hackney team, rather unnervingly, wearing our exact Kingstonian red and white hoops with black shorts and socks We were once again therefore in our blue change strip. It quickly became evident that Hackney were an experienced and physically strong team, who knew each others’ play inside out. They bossed the opening period of the game but we slowly clawed our way back into the game, and the first clear cut chance of the game fell to Kingstonian, when after 20 minutes Olivia Watson crashed a shot against the post. But 35 minutes in and we fell behind when the Hackney right back went on a barnstorming run down the right flank, cut in and hit a vicious dipping shot high over Chloe’ Bailey’s head in our goal. It was a great goal and one we could do little about. We had earlier lost Vicky Cockle to a foot injury and just before half time we also lost Chloe after a fierce Hackney shot hit her full in the face and left her feeling dizzy. HT 1-0.
The second half began with Hackney on the front foot and, after 55 minutes, a defensive slip allowed them to double their lead, at which point we clearly faced an uphill struggle. Our captain Nele Quast also had to leave the pitch after a knock to the head, but the Ladies stuck at their task and the longer the game went on the more likely it looked that we were going to make a breakthrough. After 75 minutes however Hackney broke themselves to notch their third. Back we came however and in the dying seconds Olivia Watson robbed a Hackney defender and slid the ball past the excellent Hackney goalkeeper. FT 3-1
There was plenty of promise on show today, including from some of our newer recruits, Bethan John, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Elesha Edman and Mairead Halliday, who all put in good shifts, but Annie Jenkins was named player of the match for her powerful and resolute display in defence.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Annie Jenkins, Laura Joseph, Olivia Watson, Hannah Jacobsen, Vicky Cockle, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sophia Demetriou, Sarah Sinkins
Subs: Coral Robinson, Elesha Edman, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Bethan John, Mairead Halliday
Goal scorer: Olivia Watson
Player of the match: Annie Jenkins (pictured)