Summer hockey success for Pucklechurch

August 31 2015

Pucklechurch are celebrating a top of the table performance this summer, finishing the league programme in style as Lisa Whitehead reports.

summer hockey success

Pucklechurch are celebrating a top of the table performance this summer, finishing the league programme in style as Lisa Whitehead reports.
The top of the league table has remained extremely close with everyone wanting to take the title of Summer League winners and with only 4 games remaining the Pucklechurch girls were as keen as ever to take it.
After a very impressive performance against Yate, winning 5-1, we knew our next game would be a tough one. A top of the table clash against City of Bath. It would prove to be a very fast, close game with both sides going at it hard. Everyone gave it their all but the final whistle blew with neither team able to get one past the goalie and it finished 0-0. With this result it became even closer, so we had to make sure we won our next game - against Jaspers.
Forward Rhian Phillips either had had a bad day at work or was determined to make up from not scoring last week as she had a stormer. With some cracking individual play and of course some help from her fellow team-mates setting her up, she bagged herself a hatrick. Jaspers continued to battle on however and take a few shots themselves but Puckles defence proved too strong and the game would finish at 3-0 to the girls in yellow.
With this win behind us and with our big goal difference, we knew we couldn’t be caught and would be crowned winners of the Summer League with one game remaining. With a strong 13, our last game seen us face Bristol Ladies. Not wanting to sit back and take it easy, everyone played their socks off.
With superb passing, control and teamwork, forward Emily Pollock put us in the lead early on. A second goal would then be scored by captain Lisa Whitehead - a cracking strike from a short corner. Emily would bag herself a second to make it 3-0 at half time. With all the girls on such a high we continued the pressure in the second half and with a great ball into the D from Whitehead, it was met by left wing Sophie Edwards on the far post who sent it flying into the net. Final whistle 4-0.
With 12 matches played we scored a very impressive 41 goals and only conceded 10, making this our best summer league to date and take the title ‘Champions’ for the first time.