Henley Ladies 1s: 4 Bexley Heath 1s: 0
Scorers: Serena Hickman (2), Lou England, Ellie Roseff
Henley Ladies 1s came one step closer to retaining the England Hockey Trophy title on Sunday when they travelled to Bexley Heath in Kent for the first round of this year’s knock-out competition. Following a 2 hour drive and playing in torrential rain, the amber and blues were not going to be happy with anything less than a win within the 70 minutes.
It was clear from the start that the Henley side were the faster, fitter and more skilful team. With the defence, middle field and forward line connecting better than they had so far this season, this was a game for the taking.
Making the ball do the work, with impressive inter-linking play and players following their passes and supporting one another, the visitors were soon 1-0 up after Emma Walker made a spectacular cross to Serena Hickman waiting in the D for a quick turn and tap past the keeper. Another attack up the pitch soon after saw Lou England get on the score-sheet and the third goal of the half was made by Ellie Roseff from a solid shot a goal in open play.
The rain held off for the second half and despite a similar 35 minutes of possession and attacks, the ladies were only able to achieve one more goal, with Serena Hickman grabbing her second of the match from a goal mouth scramble.
This was a strong win for the Henley team, yet countless short corners and numerous attacks into the D were not converted giving them plenty to work on for the next round against Wootton Bassett at home on Sunday 24th November.