Cambridge women’s hockey blues beaten by Gloucester

Charlie Banfield - Sports Reporter 19 November 2012

Gloucester 3 Cambridge University 2

Last Wednesday, the hockey Blues travelled to Gloucester after an encouraging performance against Oxford last week. In a game where Cambridge should have dominated, an uninspired side were defeated, highlighting a weakness in their attention to detail.

Cambridge quickly took a foothold in the match, with a goal within the first five minutes from Susie Stott as Cambridge looked to set the tone of the game. The Blues side were able to maintain possession in defence and midfield, but delivering the final ball was somewhat laboured, which unfortunately was a theme for much of the first half. Izzy Smith injected pace into the match through strong leads, but Cambridge was unable to use the width to their advantage whilst Gloucester capitalised on a short corner opportunity to draw level.

Cambridge started the second half brightly, with Ellie Marsh and Sophie Cooke eager to take advantage of the space down the left. One such break led to good interplay between Sarah Lee and Smith, but the shot was comfortably saved. Gloucester took advantage of a momentary lull in concentration and calmly finished from close range to put the home side ahead. An injection of urgency was created as Cambridge tried to swing momentum in their favour, with calmness instilled through a solid defensive performance from the Captain, Charlie Banfield, and Therese De Souza, which eventually led to a well executed deflection from Alex Maskell. Favourites Cambridge unfortunately had a penalty decision overturned, yet Gloucester did not fail to exploit a hole in the defensive line to take the lead for a second time. A reshuffle of defence ensued which saw Maskell refreshingly add a new dimension to the game, as Cambridge continued to press for goal to no avail.

This was a very disappointing loss for the side. Cambridge now lies third in the table, and will look to improve ahead of this weeks mid table clash against Bristol.

Charlie Banfield – Sports Reporter