Sunday 2nd May 2021
After spending a few hours dreamily watching a very leisurely game of children’s cricket in the morning in Bristol we raced back to Lydney in time for an action packed U13s friendly match against Cirencester at 2:00pm.
The sun was shining brightly on us as we warmed up and briefly discussed positions, bearing in mind how new the team is to full, 11-a-side matches. The game started promptly and from the offset it was clear that it was going to be a fast moving riveting hour of competitive hockey. With the ball seemingly attempting to navigating its way over every bit of the pitch, the spectators were very quickly captivated. Halfway into the first half after the ball had been skillfully worked through the midfield it travelled out to our right mid who drove it into the D and slotted it neatly into the goal. Not long afterwards having fended off many attempts with some brilliant saves, Cirencester managed to break through our resilient defence and only just edged the ball past our keeper. Although the first half ended with the whole of the Cirencester’s team storming the D for a succession of two nail biting short corners we finished level at 1-1.
The atmosphere was electrifying and continued to grow in tempo into the second half. Even though fatigue was starting to creep in our team continued to work hard with the same enthusiasm and determination. Our attacks were strong with our strikers moving up the pitch with vigour, putting their stand-in keeper ( the other coaches 15 year old daughter) under a lot of pressure and only narrowly missing a few more goals. Some beautiful passing and communication in the D from the left mid and Centre midfield took Lydney into the lead once again. Cirencester then equalized again with 10 minutes to go. The longest ten minutes followed as both sides upped their tempo, while the cheers escalated, into a frantic battle to just try get that winning goal. Finally, the whistle blew for full time and although we had to accept the 2-2 draw, which was a good reflection of the game, from the continued effort from the whole team they were winners in my eyes!!
Thank you to Marcus and Robbie for umpiring and keeping the spirits high but controlled, to Emily Aldridge and Sophie Voyce for their help with the team on the sideline, to all the wonderful parents, of course, for their amazing support and our sponsors: Voyce Pullin and W & N Adams.