Ladies’ Hockey: Alford Ladies 1st 5 St Neots 1st 0

Alford Ladies 1st 5
St Neots 1st 0

On Sunday, Alford Ladies 1st hockey team played host to St Neots in the second fixture of the weekend in division two of the East League.

After a disappointing game the day before, Alford were determined to end the weekend on a high.

The visitors started the brighter and whilst they failed to get a final shot off and capitalise on their efforts they had Alford’s defence at sixes and sevens and Alford looked a little scrappy and out of sorts.

However, after 20 minutes striker Kelly Tuplin worked her magic with a cutting pass into winger Vic Allen in front of the keeper who duly pushed the ball through the keeper#s legs for Alford’s first goal.

This lead immediately calmed the home side and, with reassuring calls from captain Chloe Bolland to play their own hockey and stop ball watching and chasing the game, an uplifted Alford side started to string their passes together and take the game to St Neots.

Alford pressed to increase their lead, and with two minutes to go in the first half a strike into the D was collected by Vic Allen at the right post. Finding no room into the goal mouth she reverse- flicked the ball to the waiting Kelly Tuplin on the penalty spot who’s sure-fire shot hit the back of the net for Alford’s second.

Within six minutes of the restart after some excellent team passing, Luan Burton bypassed the visitors’ defence and shot straight into the goal for Alford’s third.

Only five minutes later, Alford were awarded a short corner which was collected by captain Chloe Bolland and her flick found a gap at the right post for Alford’s fourth goal.

With close marking by Alford’s defence, the visitors’ chances were limited and keeper Carole Jacklin ended the game without a touch of the ball.

With five minutes of the game to go, Alford increased their lead after Chloe Bolland’s initial shot on goal was saved by the St Neots keeper; Bolland collected the rebound and passed it to Luan Burton on the left who skilfully rounded the keeper and slotted the ball in the small gap at the right post to end the game 5 – 0 to the good and round off a superb Alford performance.

Man of the Match went to Luan Burton. DOD was awarded to Holly Franks. Many thanks to umpires John Pickett and Phil Maddison.

City of Peterborough 1st 4 Alford Ladies 1st 0

On Saturday, Alford’s Ladies hockey 1st team travelled to Peterborough to face a side currently top of the table. 

The game started evenly with both teams creating chances, although neither managed to break the deadlock.

The City of Peterborough threatened the Alford goal with several short corners, but to no avail. With the game looking very one-sided, the only way Alford looked like scoring was on the counter attack. 

As Alford pushed for the opening goal City of Peterborough managed to break down their right side with the infield cross finding their centre forward, making the score 1-0.

After a stern talking to from striker Kelly Tuplin, Alford returned to the field ready for the second half. 

City of Peterborough started the sharper team with several shots on goal, which were denied by goalkeeper Carole Jacklin. 

With many players unavailable for the game, Alford were forced to play in different positions; resulting in centre forward Kelly Tuplin playing particularly well in left midfield with some perfectly timed tackles.

City of Peterborough doubled the lead fifteen minutes into the second half after a strike from a short corner found its way into the Alford goal. 

The score quickly changed to 3-0 after a loose pass from an Alford midfielder was picked up by a Peterborough forward who skilfully dribbled the ball into the goal.   

Peterborough’s fourth and final goal came with five minutes left to play. The home side were awarded a free hit outside the D which, after protests from the Alford players, was upgraded to a short corner. 

City of Peterborough managed to convert the corner. making the final score 4-0.  

Man of the match went to Kelly Tuplin and DOD went to Jess Wood.