Aldershot & Farnham (A&F) Hockey Club’s ladies’ first team returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Epsom Ladies in the South East Women’s Premier Division.
A&F started tentatively. The Epsom midfield were well drilled and kept the Shots on their toes with lots of movement across the pitch.
The Shots’ press worked well and Emily Desmond got a touch on a ball played out of the Epsom defence. The ball dropped perfectly for Tammy Cherry, who drove into the D and took a first-time shot – smashing the ball past the keeper to put A&F 1-0 up.
Epsom came back strongly with good movement from their midfielders and forwards. Some well-worked set plays created opportunities in the D which were comfortably dealt with by Lucy Cochrane.
The Shots’ Sacha Mullins received a green card, but Epsom didn’t make the extra player count. Epsom won their first corner and hit a shot which deflected off A&F’s post, but A&F soaked up the sustained period of pressure.
The Shots created opportunities by working the ball out from defence through midfield and on to the forwards in the D with brilliant two-touch hockey. One of these attacks ended with Mullins winning a short corner. The Shots were unable to apply a finishing touch on the far post, but still led 1-0 at half-time.
Epsom started well in the second half, with high pressure being put on every ball and fast attacks being made from all areas.
A&F were still creating chances and Charlotte Clive won a short corner. Clive slapped the ball into the right-post area where a sliding Cherry got the deflection to make it 2-0 and give the Shots some breathing space.