Haddington Ladies 1
Fjordhus Reivers 3
NATIONAL LADIES DIVISION TWO
REIVERS took to the Haddington Astro with Coach Jack’s words ringing in their ears, demanding a fast, efficient, professional and supporting-each-other game.
Straight from the off, the Borders outfit went on the offensive and pressed the home team in attack and defence. On five minutes, after driving play from Denise Fairbairn, Reivers were awarded a penalty corner and the home team keeper saved well from a thunderous Emily Newlands strike. Elsewhere Jackie Wilson was making inroads down the left-hand side and created space for her strike partners.
Haddington were proving up to the task, however, and were very quick on the break, but the Reivers workrate in getting back in numbers was superb.
A sweep pass from Jack found Laura Mclean on the right and she drove the baseline and fed a beautiful drop pass to Karen Cornwall, who slapped the ball hard from the top of the circle to break the deadlock.
Martha Douglas was clean through on goal after some patient build-up play by Reivers but the home keeper, a thorn in Reivers side, dived at her feet to clear the danger.
On 27 minutes, Jack fed Newlands a pass which went via Denise Fairbairn and Karen Cornwall to Mclean, who skilfully lifted over the keeper to score and increase the Reivers lead.
Reivers continued to press hard and quick inter-passing aided by some good stretching resulted in a number of circle entries. At half time, the score was Haddington 0 Reivers 2.
Momentum swung back to the home side after the interval and they pressed and harried Reivers at every opportunity. Reivers composed themselves, and stout defending from Zoe Higgins at left defence kept the Borders ladies in the game. Denise Fairbairn and Pippa Bell competed hard and aggressively in the middle of the park and won their fair share of the ball.
A long pass from Bell to Morven Cawthorn on the right was sent to Mclean who as usual attacked the defence and then fed Martha Douglas at far post who had the composure to slip the ball past the diving keeper.
The goal was against the run of play and Reivers were put back under the cosh and had to defend deeper to combat the home team’s midfield runners. Haddington eventually got the break they were after and scored a goal from a penalty corner after a goalmouth scramble.
Reivers had to keep their shape and structure, combining speed and precision in their passing and plays.
Both teams had several chances to score again but the defence of Reivers stood strong and keeper Stacey Tennant was on form with some super saves.
Claire Townsend stopped Haddington from scoring when she swept off the goal line – frantic stuff and great to watch.
The game finished with Reivers worthy victors against a very tricky team to play. The winning run continues and credit to the whole squad for putting 100 per cent effort into the game.
Fjordhus Reivers: S. Tennent, E. Newlands, J. Jack, Z. Higgins, P. Bell (capt.), C. Townsend, D. Fairbairn, J. Wilson, K. Cornwall, M. Cawthorn, S. Mathers, L. Ingles, L. Mclean, M. Douglas.