Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Girls Hockey 2nd v Ardvreck
After a three week break from hockey for a number of the senior girls due to covid and half term, and one rather damp training session yesterday, the mighty 2nds hit the road to head north to Ardvreck. It might be a long way to go but the pay-off was an early hit-off meaning no lessons today!

Belhaven started with the ball and held onto it for a couple of minutes, eventually getting it out wide on the left to Olivia who then moved it forwards; a pass into the middle and another pass out to the wide right channel allowed Grace and Willow to move the ball into the circle; the cross then came and Olivia had taken up a good position on the left post and slotted the ball into an open net.

A well worked goal in the third minute which set us up nicely.

After that, Ardvreck came back strongly, pressing high into our half but Victoire and Ishbel were up to the challenge and managed to keep most of Ardvreck’s forays out of our circle. One ball did get past them but the shot at goal was expertly dealt with by rookie ‘keeper, Ottie. Ottie tried on the pads for the first time yesterday but looks very comfortable and confident in her new role – one to watch for the future.

Seven minutes into the half, we made another break into the opposition circle and this time our striker, Willow, was in position to smack it home and take us to a two goal lead.

There were no more goals in the first half and play see-sawed back and forth with Belhaven having the best of play, by-and-large. I was pleased with much of the play by the girls but would have liked to have seen the ball moved into the wide channels more often; I felt that we could have been a little bit more dynamic in turning defence into attack and reacting to the whistle.

Half time score:  Belhaven  2  -  0  Ardvreck

After the break, the focus really was on the two points mentioned above and I was pleased to see the girls take on board my suggestions and try to get it wide more often. It was also good to see the defenders pressing up and supporting the ball going forward – Victoire, Ishbel, Izzy and Alice all took turns at the back and it’s nice to see that we have a number of options in that role.

Ardvreck did manage to claw a goal back early in the half (and they fully deserved one) but constant pressure from the Belhaven girls eventually, and inevitably, paid off with another goal being scored by Alice, who had moved into the left-mid position and who took of a great position on the left post after a short corner, swatting one home to make it three for the team.

So, overall, a fine performance from the 2nds. Some girls’ fitness isn’t quite what it could (should?) be but they worked hard, listened to advice, adapted well to new positions and took their chances.

Final Score:   Belhaven Hill  3  -  1  Ardvreck

Player of the Match: Bee for all the running, falling back in defence, pushing up in attack & taking up a good position at the top of the circle.