The first half of the season has been an extremely promising one for the 2nd team, as we sit comfortably in promotion zone in our WWHL league and are mid-table for BUCS.
We have had an amazing fresher intake, with 8 fresh regularly playing for the 2s, leading to some very lengthy fresh factor performances. Our new waterbase astro has made training at 9pm on a Monday a much more exciting experience this season, and we have been lucky enough to participate in training matches against both the 1s and the 3s on the new surface.
Training also allowed to us to sort out our nightmare short corner routine, after Kasim received some feedback from an opposition goalie about how poor our corners were: it took until week 9 but we finally managed to score from a short corner.
BUCS started off well, with a draw against Nottingham and then a close defeat by Coventry (considering we lost 9-0 to them last season, 4-2 isn’t too bad!). But our strength in possession wasn’t being converted into goals so we suffered frustrating losses to Oxford Brookes and Lincoln, matches we ought to have won.
A tense win against Nottingham Trent on penalty flicks in the BUCS Cup lifted our spirits as for most girls in the team it was our first ever BUCS win (and some of us had been waiting over a year). Two more victories followed in the league – a 2-0 win against De Montfort and a 1-0 victory over Nottingham – which leaves us in 4th place in the table with 7 points, already 4 more points than last season and we’re only half way through!
In our WWHL Saturday league we sit in 2nd place with 19 points and a game less played than everyone else. Unfortunately, Saturday hockey started during fresher arrivals weekend, so we had a mismatched team for our first game in September. We put in a strong performance but experienced our only loss this season so far.
Sadly, the precedent of flakiness was set by two oppositions who postponed our matches in October, claiming that 10 days wasn’t enough notice for a 30-minute time change that we had to make. But after our unexpected early rest, we have absolutely smashed the WWHL league, not losing a single match since our very first one, have conceded the least goals of any team (shout out to Fiona), and have the top scorer for the league so far, which leaves us in promotion zone at the halfway point.
A particular highlight was beating top of the league Shipston 5-1 with only 10 players, and a 5-0 win against Stratford, again after experiencing selection issues.
Overall therefore, it has been a very strong start to the season and hopefully we can build on our results and keep up the winning streak that we have experienced so far. Promotion in our WWHL league is now a very realistic aim and we are doing better in BUCS than anyone expected at the start of this year.
So thank you to the team for putting in so much effort so far and let’s see it continue in 2018! #2s2s2s