It was another early start for the Knowle 2 girls making the trip down to Wells Blue School to take on Wells City Acorns.

When we arrived at the pitch the weather was dry but cold with a biting wind, which spurred on our warm up somewhat!

After some running, stretching, passing, shooting and short corner practice we were ready to start the game.

Knowle took control from the outset, testing Wells City Acorns’ defence almost immediately.  Some great passing between the mid-field and forwards kept the pressure on until a fantastic cross from Bryony B allowed Grace E to place the ball into the goal and we took the lead!

Knowle continued to dominate the game, with the defence (Liz, Sophie, Jo V and Julia) making some great tackles and distributing the ball back into midfield.  Karen, Lucy, Vanessa and Claire worked hard to get the ball up to the forwards and it wasn’t long before we were awarded a short corner.  After a couple of unsuccessful attempts we decided that a change of tactics was needed.  Grace H passed the ball to Claire on the nearside of the D, who controlled it well before taking a straight shot on goal.  The ball flew past many of the Wells City Acorns defenders and found its way into the back of the goal!  2-0 up!

At half time, we reflected on our performance and agreed that we just needed to continue to mark players, communicate and keep possession as we had been doing during the first half.

Wells City Acorns came out with a bit more fight in the second half but Knowle soon regained control of the game.  Sophie continued to push up from defence keeping the ball out of our 25, while Grace E, Grace H, Lucy and Bryony were putting pressure on the goalkeeper at the other end of the pitch.  After the ball hit one of their defenders feet, we were once again awarded a short corner.  After some deliberation we decided to use the same tactic, which resulted in the previous goal.

This time it was Karen who passed the ball to Claire who was waiting on the edge of the D.  The ball was controlled and another strike made towards goal.  In an almost exact re-run of the previous short corner, the ball sailed past the Wells City Acorns defence and straight into the goal! 3-0!

The game ended shortly afterwards with Knowle feeling delighted at their 3-0 victory over Wells City Acorns!   Knowle goalkeeper, Jo W, only touched the ball about twice during the whole game, which is a great reflection on the teams’ effort – if a little boring for Jo!  A great display of team work and a well-deserved win for the club!

Go Knowle!

Several players were nominated for player of the match but Sophie gained the most votes and had the honour of wearing the tiara home!

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Johanne Verrall

Johanne (aka Jo Jo) is a defender for Knowle Hockey since 2014. She is relatively new to hockey having only played a couple of seasons for another club prior to joining Knowle. She is the holder of the prestigious title "Worlds Best Lasagne" and her superpower is falling asleep during movies.