Upminster Ladies 1st team made it 2 wins of out 2 this weekend beating Bromley & Beckingham 6-0 at home on Sat 4th & winning 1-0 away at Chelmsford on Sun 5th to move Upminster into mid-table in Div 1S.
Upminster L1s [6 v 0] Bromley & Beckingham L2s
On Saturday Upminster L1s faced a struggling Bromley & Beckingham team at home but were taking nothing for granted. Early pressing from Upminster made it difficult for the away side to make it out of their own half. But 20 mins had passed until the pressure finally told and Amy Blackwell tapped home the opening goal. A strike from an Upminster PC by Lauren Slater shortly followed to make it 2-0 and the away side were looking like they were in for a long day. A superb drive into the ‘D’, turn a strike saw Blackwell claim her 2nd of the day which was followed by Blackwell scoring again for a first half hat-trick to make it 4-0 at half-time.
Upminster continued to press high in the 2nd half and looked to add to their goal tally. This was rewarded when Riva Siggins got in on the action when she lifted the ball into the net from a slick Upminster move. The final goal of the game went to Slater who struck another fine hit from an Upminster PC.
Chelmsford L2s [0 v 1] Upminster L1s
Due to a fixture cancelation earlier on in the year, Upminster were back in action 24 hours after their victory against Bromley & Beckingham on Sunday 5th March. But this was going to be a much stiffer test as they faced a well organised Chelmsford ladies 2nd team who sat just above the U’s in the table.
In testing conditions both teams found it difficult early on to move the ball around at pace and therefore failed to create any real chances. As the half went on though, Upminster started playing much the better hockey and the first chance went to Riva Siggins who saw her shot well saved by the Chelmsford goalkeeper. A string a PCs from Upminster followed but failed to be converted and the first half came to an end with Upminster on top.
Upminster started the 2nd half as they finished the 1st and good pressing saw further PCs awarded but none were converted. Finally the breakthrough came when Michelle Dixey evaded 3 players to fire the ball into the ‘D’ where Jemma Cresswell turned and pushed the ball into the Chelmsford goal. A fine performance at the back from Niamh Robeson kept out any chance of a Chelmsford equaliser and Upminster’s efforts were rewarded when the final whistle blew for a fine 1-0 away win.