The Ladies 1s met with Tunbridge Wells hungry for another 3 points. It was a very slow and dry pitch and UHC did not play to their usual high standard in the first half. Tunbridge were very physical, seeing Jemma Griffiths taking an early injury but managing to heroically battle on.
Joint Player of the Match Michelle Wright saw a high percentage of the possession in her pivotal role in midfield, making clever passes into space. Despite this, UHC were forced to defend more than they would like with Defender of the Match Faye Dixey having to track back on various occasions.
It wasn’t until the end of the first half that UHC began to acclimatise to the pitch and press forward as a team. A clever play in a short corner between Alexa Marston and Wright resulted in other joint Player of the Match Amy Blackwell deflecting the ball into the net.
A short way into the second half UHC won another short corner resulting in Blackwell scoring an almost identical goal (if it ain’t broke..) though this did not cause Tunbridge to lower their heads.
A controversial decision from the umpire after Dixey plucked a high ball from the air awarded Tunbridge a short corner despite strong protests. A good strike saw the ball fly past goalie C Triggs and gave Tunbridge a few minutes to attempt a draw. Despite a brutal attack, UHC managed to keep the score at 2-1.
UHC face undefeated top of the table Maidstone this Saturday.