South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 1
Maidenhead Ladies 3 – 2 Horsham
In their first league game since the Christmas and New Year break started on November 26, Horsham Ladies fought back from a two goal deficit but defensive errors prevented them from sharing the points, Maidenhead doing the double after beating Horsham at home in September.
But, there were encouraging signs for Horsham, Elle Blakesley scoring in open play after being set up by Alicia Remfry. Maidenhead, though went further ahead until Becky Williams converted a short corner in the final minute, ending the game 3-2 in the hosts’ favour.
Elle told the District Post: “This was a good game against spirited opposition. Goalkeeper Hannah Simpson and Louisa Denman were joint Players of the Match and it was pretty even with both sides playing well, but lapses in concentration hurt us.” Team Manager Jane Denman added: “It was great for us to welcome back Gill Adams after she’s been out for over a year with a serious injury. And, fantastic news – we’ve now got England International Nick Catlin coaching us – look out for Horsham, we’re back!” Catlin has appeared for Great Britain and England on over 150 occasions, including at the 2012 Olympics. He is regarded as one of the most skilful dribblers in the world game, has played for Racing Bruxelles and now represents powerhouse East Grinstead.
Horsham Ladies, now 7th return to Broadbridge Heath on Saturday for their first home game for two months – against 5th placed Reading, to whom they lost 2-0 in Berkshire on October 1. Reading drew 0-0 with Oxford University last Saturday and have conceded just 8 goals all season, a record only bettered by league leaders Barnes.