Borders ladies find winning form after festive season rest

Dunfermline 1s 0

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:25 pm
The Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 2s

Fjordhus Reivers 2s 2

The Reivers ladies returned from the festive break with a match at Woodmill High School against Dunfermline 1s.

Although battling against damp and windy conditions, the tempo was high and the Dunfermline squad were kept in their own half for much of the game.

The Reivers girls set a very high, aggressive press and Dunfermline were unable to capitalise on any possession they had, as the midfield of Chloe Richardson, Kady Hume, Jessica Main and Emma Jamieson gave them no space.

Up front, Rebecca Anderson, Lindsay Jack, Nairne Wells and Blythe Duff forced the opposition into making numerous goal-saving tackles, while keeping the Dunfermline GK on her toes.

At the other end of the park, the defence was secure, with Helen Montgomery having little to do in goals.

Olivia Henderson, Janet Jack, Louise Garwood and Jacks Wilson were well organised at the back and played a more attacking, rather than defensive, game.

A couple of forays by Dunfermline into Reivers territory had little effect and they were unable to get a shot on target.

The first goal was scored in the first half with a well-worked penalty corner. Chloe Richardson rifled the ball on her reverse into the goal.

Lots of further opportunities in the first half were saved by the Dunfermline ‘keeper along with a number of shots whizzing past the post or over the crossbar.

The second goal came after the interval from a great transfer left to right, followed by a long, searching pass from Chloe. It was collected by Blythe Duff who, with composure, rounded the keeper and slotted it in.

Statistics on the game would have shown possession and circle penetrations being hugely in favour of the Reivers girls.

The work rate, jump back, fitness, technical and tactical skills of the Reivers girls was fantastic and the 2s came away with a well-deserved three points and a 2-0 victory (turn to p65 for more hockey).