South Nottinghamshire women’s hockey get 5-2 win over Redhill
District hockey action saw the South Nottingham women's team take a 5-2 victory against a formidable Redhill side.
Coach Euan Temple praised his team for dealing with the Redhill threat from the opening minutes
"All of the South Nottingham team kept moving into space, making themselves available," said Temple.
"Everyone was dead keen to take responsibility and were determined to contribute.
"From the technical excellence of our midfield to the splendid finishing of the forwards, this match captured everything good about South Nottingham’s Team individually and collectively."
"In the midfield, Caroline Brackenbury was supported by a variety of interchanging forwards and defenders.
"She encountered fierce and solid resistance from Redhill as she sought to create a semblance of dominance over the midfield.
"Redhill were trying to do the same to South Nottingham when attacking, and were very capable."
Becky Humphris broke the deadlock by neatly finding the Redhill defence out of position and putting her team on the board.
South Nottingham relaxed to regroup and the opposition took advantage; as Redhill promptly equalised inside 5 minutes. 1-1.
Humphris soon got through again to put her team back ahead as South Nottingham went up 2-1.
Redhill equalised again to make it 2-2 at half-time and give both teams everything to play for in the second-half.
"Captain Freya Beaumont at half time reminded her team of the need to play wide and use to advantage the speed of Ruby Ryan and Alex Stevenson on the wings," said Temple.
"The Redhill defenders marking were tending to leave our wings less marked.
"So our team did just that and what an immediate difference.
"A ringing assist from Alex Stevenson, saw Evie Bates in the centre unleash a powerful shot as she found the Redhill keeper out of position to put us 3-2 up.
"Then Ruby Ryan from the other wing picked up a neat arrowed pass from Sammy Markwick and rocketed a shot from a tight angle to rattle the
Redhill backboard to put us ahead by two.
"Our defence remained solid despite the pressure from Redhill.
"Brackenbury found Becky Humphris unmarked.
"Humpris made it a clinical hat-trick, yet again as we increased our lead to 5-2 before the final whistle blew."
After promotion, Souths are managing to lie fourth out of 12 in their League Division so far this season.