Fjordhus earn draw from brink of defeat

Galashiels ,  UNITED KINGDOM - 15 October 2011'Ladies Hockey at Tweedbank Artificial Pitch,'Borders v's Granite City Wands'FullTime 2-2'equaliser for the Borders scored by Pippa Bell''(Photo by  ROB GRAY/digitalpic/freelance )
Galashiels , UNITED KINGDOM - 15 October 2011'Ladies Hockey at Tweedbank Artificial Pitch,'Borders v's Granite City Wands'FullTime 2-2'equaliser for the Borders scored by Pippa Bell''(Photo by ROB GRAY/digitalpic/freelance )

Borders Fjordhus 2

Granite City Wanderers 2

NATIONAL LADIES DIVISION TWO

PLAYING one of the top teams in the league brought out the best in Borders Fjordhus last weekend when fighting back from a 2-0 deficit, writes Fiona Scott.

Sharing her thoughts on the match, Fjordhus captain Karen Cornwall admitted that her team took a while to settle into the game, but felt the introduction of some new youngsters benefited the performance as a whole.

She told TheSouthern: “With some encourgement and continuous communication from the senior players on the pitch the team managed to gel and find their rhythm in the second half and stayed calm and positive throughout.

“We have great team spirit on and off the pitch which is very important for a such a varied-aged senior squad.”

The visitors arrived at Tweedbank bristling with confidence and riding high in the league, from their lofty position of third.

The game proved to be a tight affair with both midfields battling hard to break the deadlock. Several penalty corners were awarded to both teams, but some stout goalkeeping by both guardians kept the score at 0-0. Gaps opened up for both teams, Laura McLean’s elusive running was causing the visitors’ rearguard no end of problems.

On 20 minutes, Borders introduced 14-year-old district player Lucy Inglis, making her debut for the senior team at striker, who showed great tactical awareness and skill.

It was, however, the Wanderers that broke the deadlock on 27 minutes from a well-worked penalty corner.

On the half-time whistle, Borders were awarded a penalty corner which again was well saved by the keeper. Half time: 0-1.

The second half was a lively affair with both goals being peppered on a number of occasions. A breakaway by the visitors saw them awarded another penalty corner, and from a scramble in the goalmouth they scored another goal. The Borders fighting spirit never waned however and they managed to pull a goal back on 31 minutes after some fantastic play on the touchline by Janet Jack, who beat two players and then delivered a defence-splitting pass which found Elena Lunn at the near post to slide the ball past the keeper.

Now with the bit firmly between their teeth, Fjordhus began to push for the leveller.

They enjoyed much greater phases of possession and a late penalty corner saw a shot from Jack blocked by the keeper, helped on by Emily Newlands then buried into the back of the goal by a jubilant Pippa Bell to tie the game.

This was nothing more than the local team deserved after a super display of fighting spirit, both in attack and defence.

Coach Jack was delighted with the conviction and composure of the team, particularly the positive attitude and blend of the youth and the senior players.

Captain Cornwall is looking forward to the rest of the season.

She told us: “Our previous scores do not reflect our performance as a team in which we have dominated the majority,” she added. “What we need to do now is just work on our own individual confidence on and off the ball and Janet will have us doing this at our training sessions.

“For me, it’s about motivating the players so we are continuously supporting one another on the pitch – this is when we play at our best and become a very hard team to beat.”

Special mention must go to mascot Charlie Jack, whose words of encouragement spurred the ladies on.

Borders Fjordhus: G. Bradley, P. Bell, J. Jack, G. Ross, C. Powner, S. Murphy, K. Cornwall, E. Newlands, M. Douglas, E. Lunn, L. McLean, L. Inglis, D. Fairbairn.