Ladies 1s v Burnt Ash 2s

Match date: 16/11/19
Opposition: Burnt Ash 2s
Home or away: Home
Result: 1-3
Scorers: Sam Pitcher (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Hayley Rideout
Match Reporter Lou Baldwin

New Beccs started the game strongly moving the ball well and utilising the width and depth of the pitch, and after a period of 15 minutes of strong play where we had the majority of possession Sam made a diagonal run across the 'd' taking a lovely rebound off the keeper from her initial shot and slotting the ball home. Burnt Ash responded with a quick turnover which we were slow to react to and they equalised.

The second half saw a lacklustre New Beccs team absorb a lot of pressure with our defence and wingbacks working tirelessly to keep Burnt Ash from adding to their tally but unfortunately the oppo capitalised on another two goal scoring opportunities leaving New Beccs 3-1 down at the final whistle.


Ladies 1s v Meopham 1s

Match date: 12/10/19
Opposition: Meopham
Home or away: Away
Result: 2-0
Scorers: Tracy Pitcher (2)
Man/ Woman of the Match Rosie Bridger
Match Reporter Lou Baldwin

An early start for the Ladies 1s with a 10.15am pb in Gravesend but we were wide awake and started strong, taking everything that we needed to work on from the last couple of games and implementing from the off.

The first few minutes of the game saw Meopham test the New Beccs defence but we handled this with composure and ease. Soon we were counter attacking and with some lovely triangular play up the pitch on both flanks were penetrating the 'D'. After a few short corners which the Meopham defence responded to well we secured another and this time Tracy dummied the defender to crack a direct shot in to the bottom right corner. We continue to pile on the pressure with fantastic play involving all members of the team, even Jess who placed the ball to our defence with ease from the 3 clearances she made all game.

Our half time talk focused on stepping up the pressure and we did this from the off in the second half with some lovely periods of play moving the ball using the full breadth and depth of the pitch. We had several more goal scoring opportunities which we were unable to convert but then a lovely reverse stick shot by Tracy secured her second goal.

Final whistle saw us claim a 2-0 win and our first 3 pointer of the season. Great individual and collective performance from all members of the team and special mention to MOTM Rosie who played a variety of positions giving her all for the whole match. Well played team!!


Ladies 1s v Gravesend 1s

Match date: 05/10/19
Opposition: Gravesend
Home or away: Home
Result: 2-2
Scorers: Sam Pitcher (1), Tracy Pitcher (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match Lou Baldwin
Match Reporter Sam Pitcher

This week we were blessed by having great availability across the club which meant for the first time this season we had subs…yay! Which would prove their worth in the game when the oppo turned up with a bare eleven.

Thirteen of us turned up bright and early - not to warm up I might add but to watch the first half of the rugby (fit men in tight shirts…what’s not to like!)

Gravesend started very brightly, catching us very much of the backfoot. Although they were an older team they were very well drilled (something we could learn from particularly how they manoeuvred the ball out from dead-ball situations). We quickly found ourselves 1-0 down to a very well worked move, and despite being camped for decent periods in their half, space was very much to a premium through a congested midfield and it was hard to be able to create too many chances. We then got sucker punched and they broke quickly and scored a second.

We never panicked however with Lou marshalling the midfield and Rosie, Leanne and Hana industrious if often unrewarded for their running. After winning a succession of short corners, one of our routines finally worked, with Sam prodding the ball home via a defender’s stick after Tracy’s venomous shot had hit the keeper on the back of the helmet after deflecting off the crossbar.

2-1 down at halftime, we kept battling and were a lot more organised across the team – defensively much more in control – Dawnie was often in acres of space if not used as much as she could have been. As a team though it enabled us to push forward more, although chances remained limited – I don’t think I’ve played a game where there were no shots on goal from our team apart from short corners! (very frustrating for us goal-hungry forwards!)

The game turned when their goalkeeper was injured (no one is sure how) and had to be replaced leaving them with 10, from then on it was almost constant pressure and finally after a flurry of shorts, the same routine worked again, Tracy smashing in from the top of the D. Despite pushing for the winner we weren’t able to string together the killer pass and the game ended in a stalemate which was probably a fair result on reflection.

Once again, the positives as with recent weeks was the way we were able to keep going, finish the game strongly and get back into games from losing positions.


Ladies 1s v Canterbury

Match date: 21/09/19
Opposition: Canterbury
Home or away: Home
Result: 0-2
Man/ Woman of the Match Ali Stock, Hayley Rideout
Match Reporter Jess Sellman

As the first half started we were pretty evenly matched with some beautiful passing play coming out of defence. After having a few chances on goal we were unable to convert. Canterbury were able to relieve their pressure and grab themselves a couple of short corners, they were finally able to break though our defence and go 1 nil up.

With the second half under way and Canterbury piling on the pressure they were having the majority of the chances and our defence were having to work really hard. Eventually they were able to break though and score a second, leaving the match 2 nil.

Just want to say how well everyone played it was a hard game but the team work was amazing.


Ladies 1s v Herne Bay

Match date: 14/09/19
Opposition: Herne Bay
Home or away: Away
Result: 2-2
Scorers: Sam Pitcher (2)
Man/ Woman of the Match Megan Lipscombe, Lily Rideout
Match Reporter Louise Baldwin

Saturday saw the ladies 1s travel to Herne Bay for the first league game of the season. Herne Bay were the first team out of the blocks and scored within the first few minutes. New Beccs rallied well and started to string passes together, resulting in Sam slotting the ball past the keeper with a nice reverse stick shot. New Beccs absorbed a lot of pressure in defence with Jess pulling off some great saves.

The second half saw end to end play with both teams having multiple shots on goal. Herne Bay converted an opportunity to take the lead which we responded to immediately. A long ball out from defence straight to Sam who took the keeper on and claimed her second goal. The rest of the half saw both teams battling to take the 3 points, Herne Bay being denied their third goal by the cross bar. At the final whistle both teams agreed that it was a hard fought game, especially under the hot afternoon sun.

Special mention goes to Izzy Rose and Lily Ridout for making their 1s debut with both girls showcasing their great potential for the future. A great team effort all round with 7 of the team receiving at least 1 Man of the Match vote. Well played everyone and good to get our first point in the bag.


Ladies 1s/2s v Burnt Ash friendly

Match date: 07/09/19
Opposition: Burnt Ash
Home or away: Home
Result: 4-0
Scorers: Amanda Gramaglia (2), Lou Baldwin (1), Rosie Bridger (1)
Man/ Woman of the Match

What a great first match back. The team was a mixture of our 1s and 2s plus newbie Amanda, yet everyone gelled together well.
We kept the opposition keeper (age 72) busy in the first half and forced a number of great saves until Rosie chipped the ball high over the keeper to kick off the goals, then Lou slipped the ball past the goalie to take it up to 2-0.
The momentum was kept going in the second half with Amanda managing to slot in 2 more goals to bring the scoreline up to 4-0, a great debut game!

Overall though it was a great team effort, everyone passing well between both forwards and also to the defence. Good communication between players.

Prize to the opposition for every member of their defence, except the goalie, kicking the ball for the last 5 short corners of the match!

A good start to a new season and encouraging to see everyone enjoying themselves.