Bristol University 3 Cambridge 2
The women’s hockey Blues travelled to Bristol last Wednesday in high spirits after a solid victory at the weekend. With only 11 players, it was always going to be a tough game against a Bristol side looking for revenge following a controversial Cambridge victory last month.
The Blues responded well to early pressure from Bristol and maintained possession well through Therese de Souza and Izzy Smith in midfield. Unfortunately, Cambridge was unable to convert early opportunities and a lapse in concentration led to the first goal of the game going Bristol’s way, 1-0.
The Blues stepped up their work rate but a combination of strong pressing from Bristol and a distinct lack of substitutes saw Cambridge unable to compete with the pace of one Bristol player, who slotted home another goal leaving the score at 2-0 when the half time whistle blew.
Some new tactics from Coach, Chris Marriott, saw a refreshed and determined Cambridge side return to the pitch for round 2. The forward line worked hard to create chances in the circle but again, Cambridge could not convert. A break away from Bristol left the defence outnumbered and, against the run of play, the score line read Bristol 3, Cambridge 0.
The Blues continued to fight for the ball and strong link up play from Susie Stott and Sarah Lee allowed Cambridge to gain momentum. Soon Bristol were on the back foot and the Blues were dictating play. After a lot of play in the Bristol half, the breakthrough came from Dani Moyles who pounced on as rebound to slot the ball into the roof of the net.
Energy levels renewed by the goal, the Blues stayed strong and Claire Bond scored from a short corner to put the Blues within reach of a result. However, on this occasion, Cambridge left themselves with too much to do and the final whistle blew before they had a chance to claw back another goal.
The team played well and showed great determination to come back from 3-0 to 3-2 with only 11 players. That aside, the Blues will need to convert more of their results if they’re going to survive in the Premier BUCS division this season.