Uni Rue Chances as Trent move to a step away within Varsity Glory!

6th June 2010

Before Men’s Varsity we were entertained with Women’s Hockey Varsity 2010! A thrilling encounter between two tightly matched teams on paper, under the overcast skies of Beeston Hockey club led to fireworks from the start!

Uni dominated possession but a drop in defensive concentration; cost Uni dearly leading to a goal in the 6th minute, scorer was Trent’s Sophie Robinson. This lead was short lived as Uni deservedly responded with an immediate well structured attack finished in style by Celia Butler. Uni subsequent complacency resulted in another Trent goal as Uni’s shambolic defensive display repeated itself!

After a dramatic entrance the game then fell into a period of “scrappiness” with both teams unable to hold onto the ball, consequently the game became a midfield battle. With Uni desperate for the equalizer, this attacking mentality led to Uni pinning Trent back into their half. Trent were more than competent to deal with this constant pressure but a well practiced short-corner was the undoing of Trent’s defensive wall , thus levelling the scores at two all. Trent responded well to this set back and instead of turning in on themselves they started to fight out of defence and a great interception and counter rewarded such behaviour, with a little help from Uni’s GK misjudging the subsequent shot as it bobbled under her to make the score 3-2 Trent, going into half –time.

The second half started with tightly with both teams on the attack, Uni sending a shot from outside the D just wide of the post to the delight of the outstretched Trent keeper. This goal solidified Trent’s position in the game and Uni had missed their chances to take the game by the scruff of the neck and Trent punished them for this mistake throughout the second half by controlling possession smartly and Uni chances faded away and the deal was sealed when Trent scored their fifth of the night with a perfect attack finishing impeccably by nutmegging the oncoming Shelley Mills (Uni GK).

Uni were invigorated by the final goal but to no avail as Trent tied up the last part of the game by comfortably sitting back and letting Uni desperately attack! As the final whistle went Trent celebrated victoriously as Uni recognised that the bucketful of chances that they had missed and had cost them dearly.

Trent’s victory in the Hockey takes the CRY Charity Varsity series to 7-5 with only two events to go leaving Uni in the position where they must win both to just draw the series but as reigning Varsity champions that would be enough – only time will tell…

by Tom Ryan