By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
On 20 November, the girls’ U16 hockey team travelled away to play Christ’s Hospital. The first half was a very one-sided affair, with Christ’s Hospital dominating the attacking possession and only the occasional individual run from Nell Freeborough providing any respite for the Bedales defence.
However, at half time, Bedales were very much still in the game, finding themselves only 1-0 down thanks to some fantastic saves from goalkeeper Tilda Gellatly and some last ditch tackles and interceptions from Emma Nelson and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall.
The half time talk focused on how to combat the speed of the Christ’s Hospital attack, and then how we would go about creating some goal scoring opportunities. The second half saw a marked improvement from the Bedales side, led by Sasha Arney, who dominated the midfield and carried the ball at pace into dangerous areas.
Despite having more attacking possession and creating a number of chances, Bedales couldn’t quite convert, and the score finished 1-0 to Christ’s Hospital in a tough but evenly-matched game.