KuHHC U14 Girls Match Report – Brave Hull relegated, but not without a fight.

Match 1 vs City of York: Lost 2-1
Match 2 vs Thirsk: Lost 4-0
Match 3 vs Sheffield: Lost 5-0.

After an extremely successful 2016, the KuH U14 Girls were back in action, just 4 days after their first training session of 2017. Three successive promotions, including a 9-match unbeaten record meant Hull were playing in YYHL Division 1 for the first time against three established and well-respected teams. The day started in strange circumstances, with the players being met with a frozen Thirsk pitch and a blanket of thick fog; however, thanks to the best efforts of all at Thirsk HC the matches began 60 minutes late.

Match 1 was against City of York, a side in which KuH had never faced before. In an entertaining encounter, with chances for both sides, York scored the first goal mid-way through the match with an excellent short corner routine slotted into the bottom corner of the net. However, the resilient Hull side hit right back with a fantastic team goal, which started with good midfield play from Hollie Baker and Faith Martin-Porter, leading to top-scorer Holly Truelove weaving through the York defence and slotting a crisp shot into the York net. CoY’s experience in Division 1 proved fruitful however, as they went on to win the game with a slick team goal of their own. A good performance from Hull to start the day, where they were unfortunate to come away with a point.

Match 2, against a vastly experienced Thirsk team proved to be an extremely harsh welcome into Division 1 hockey for the spirited Hull team. After good work from Izzy Gould, winning a free hit in the Hull D – which was bewilderingly given as a Thirsk penalty corner by one of the umpires, Thirsk stole an early lead which stunned the Hull team. Soon after, a penalty flick was given against Erin Martin-Porter however the GK picked herself up to make the save to her right. Thirsk scored a second controversial penalty corner, after a high, wayward shot rebounded off a Hull defender’s face and into the back of the net. Hull were left reeling after these decisions, and were finished off by two quick Thirsk goals of real quality – although Hull never gave up trying to play positive hockey which was a delight to see.

Match 3 came against Sheffield HC where Hull started extremely positively and almost scored a super goal, after excellent work from Lucy Hatfield. However, continued Sheffield pressure throughout the match was to prove the difference, with the Hull defence constantly being tested. The final score of 5-0 did not do the match justice, but Sheffield exploited a tired Hull team with excellent attacking play.

Three disappointing results, but plenty of positives in Hull’s first venture into Division 1, with the team now hungry to return to match action in 2 weeks’ time to try and regain their place in the top league, and booking their place at YYHL’s Finals Day in the process. Some excellent performances throughout the team, and Hull’s dedication to the cause was there for all to see. Player of the Day was again, a joint vote between Holly Truelove and Erin Martin-Porter.

Many thanks to all parents for all your support, and hope the players are looking forward to getting back to training on Wednesday in preparation for the next matches.

See you at pitch-side in a fortnight!
Tom