Match Report/Videos : Committed ladies come out on top

With the sun finally showing an appearance making it a surprisingly warm Sunday afternoon ,Stockwoods Ladies .. entertained Kilburn Cosmos in the last home League fixture of the season
With a few unavailable and others carrying injuries we had a slightly inexperienced back line normal fly half Aimee was rested with her knee still sore and Debs with her back and ankle the same …also with Eleanor on East Midlands duty it was left for the returning Sophie to take up the fly half mantle Cat came in off the wing to inside centre and Ellen to outside with Lisa and Keara on the wings and the ever present Irish at fullback.
In the forwards it was a slightly different story with a strong line up to the point where regular hooker Cath was loaned out to the opposition along with Annie and Claire who was replaced by the returning Jay after 20 mins or so…
Kilburn have had some unfortunate injuries this year and have had to play with 12 most weeks .. we offered out to help as this will help us long term with game time for players as with a squad of 30+ its proving hard to keep everybody involved.
Sunday was a sad day in as much as Keara and Shania ..we’re making their last appearances this season and Irish her last home game ever as she is planning on returning to Ireland and then possibly off to Australia.
The game started at a pace and despite the discussions surrounding creating phases .. we were a bit passive again .. Kilburn had a lot of the ball but couldn’t really get out of their half as our defence was pretty solid ,but we kept either giving penalties away or knocking the ball on to give possession back.
We started to push Kilburn back a bit with good driving forward from Amy and Daisy .. Fresh and Tracey were around the fringes well but we were struggling to create anything with real quality .. rushing a bit or hard hands .. Kilburn infringed a few times and from one of the penalties we managed to move it wide and Cat found the space to dive over and score the first try …With Sophie missing the conversion it was 5-0 but we weren’t quite firing on all cylinders.
The rest of the half was played in Kilburns half but we were still not quite on form and despite the odd foray into our half we were comfortable but not creating enough and with Faye and Daisy creating a nice little phase up the touchline Faye was bundled into touch and halftime was reached.

We talked at the half about keeping a bit of structure and creating some phases to draw Kilburn out of position . making some changes swapping Lisa for Catherine to make her debut and Ally for Keara ..we started on the front foot and were so much better second half with Sophie now calling the shots and the back line starting to fire we were creating so much more and to be honest pretty well all of the second half was played in Kilburns 22 .. with wave and wave of attack rebelled by Kilburn with Ellen making two clean breaks only to be thwarted by Annie playing at fullback and Ally about to score also stopped by Annie …who was having great game in a Kilburn shirt … Sophie was stopped inches short .. Irish was stopped on the line ..Daisy was penalised for a double movement and Danni had one scrubbed out for what I wasn’t sure… but we were creating phase and then going wide and this was now starting to really pay off and with the forwards now dominating the breakdown there really was no let up for Kilburn .. Cat finally found space to get her second of the match which Sophie coolly struck through the uprights and the busy Fresh who seems to wait until the last 10 minutes to make her impact and accelerated and sidestepped her way to score for the second week in a row. With the last 10 mins being played in Kilburn’s 5 metre line it wasn’t a surprise that we started scoring
The game finished at 17-0 to Stockwood to consolidate our 4th Place in the League which is just brilliant from where we started …
Catherine had an impressive start to her career with 2 text book off loads setting up attacking chances on both occasions … Sophie was voted back of the match with a commanding performance from 10 even mentioned by the opposing coach … and Tracey was the forward of the match winning several lineouts against the head and cutting down their No 8 every time she broke off the scrum … that move just didn’t work …
17-0 was not a true reflection of our dominance but credit to Kilburn for that as they never at any stage backed off and defensively were good …. Not forgetting our own player stopped 3 potential scores …
It is always a pleasure playing Kilburn it’s what sport is about .. tough and uncompromising on the field and friendly off the field .. a good day played in a great spirit … look forward to playing you again next year.

Finally a personal thank you to all the commitment shown by all the girls but as Keara and Shania are unlikely to play again this year I would like to thank them both for bringing a smile to training and games and hope to see them both again either in the summer or beginning of next year .. thank you Ladies …

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