Ladies' 2XI Match Reports
New Beccehamians Ladies' 2XI 1-5 Gore Court Ladies' 2XI
A strong team performance led to a convincing win for Gore Court. Court started positively and took an early lead with a powerful short corner strike from Jen Francis. Despite constant pressure from Court no more goals were scored but a lucky break for New Beccs just before half time left the score at 1-1. Court started the second half with determination and regained control of the game. They were soon rewarded with a superb run from Lucy Owen and an accurate pass to Beth Hopkinson who slotted the ball home. Jen Francis scored two more goals from short corners and the final goal was from Izzy Jackson who played superbly. A strong performance from goalie Jemima Ratcliffe and support from the side line contributed to the win.
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 3-1 BBHC Ladies' 2XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI were a bit slow to get going against a determined BBHC but a superb pass from Beth Hopkinson enabled Lucy Owen to score the first goal. Shortly after a short corner resulted in the second goal by Sophie Holt. A momentary lapse in concentration allowed BBHC to score their only goal leaving the score at 2-1 at half time. Court had the upper hand in the second half with strong performances from Katie Stringer and Beth Hopkinson. Jenny Francis scored the final goal when a powerful shot found the back of the net.
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 3-2 Dartford Ladies
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI were in a positive mood going into this weeks game after their recent draw with top of the table Tunbridge Wells.
However, a shaky start from Court saw them 2-0 down to Dartford Ladies at half time.
The second half started much better and Leah Moore scored Court’s first goal from a short corner. With the momentum behind them, Court struck again from another short corner, this time with Jenny Francis finding the goal.
With less than ten minutes left of the game, Court were awarded a penalty flick and a successful conversion saw Court win the game 3-2
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 0-0 v Tunbridge Wells 2XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI put up a strong performance against top of the table Tunbridge Wells 2XI but were unable to find the back of the net despite several chances. It was a free flowing game but Court's defence stood firm and kept Wells out of their D for most of the game, only conceding three short corners which Wells were unable to convert.
The whole team worked well together and look forward to playing Dartford next week
Deal Ladies' 0-3 Gore Court 2XI
Despite the challenging weather conditions both teams battled for the whole seventy minutes. Court dominated most of the game but despite a few chances the score remained at 0-0 at half time.
Finally, early in the second half a pass from Jade Waters found Lucy Owen at the top of the D, she passed to Leah Moore who tapped the ball in. The second goal resulted from a short corner strike tapped in by Shahna O’Flynn. Court continued to press with tireless work from Jade Waters and Jen Francis and were rewarded with a third goal from Leah Miller.
Blackheath & Elthamians 3XI 2-1 Gore Court 2XI
Gore Court 2XI started strongly and scored an early goal when a pass from Leah Moore found Lucy Owen in the D and she beat the keeper. Court had possession for the next 20 minutes but could not find the back of the net again. A break by B & E led to a scrappy few minutes resulting in a goal leaving the score at 1-1 at half time. The second half saw a lacklustre performance from Court and B & E dominated. Court conceded a second goal and finished the game dejected and damp from the rain.
Gore Court 2XI 3-1 New Beccehamian 3XI
Gore Court 2XI dominated from the pushback against New Beccehamian 3XI and scored a quick goal when a powerful pass into the D from Jen Francis ricocheted off Lucy Owen's stick into the goal. Tireless work from midfielders Shahna O'Flynn and Jade Waters helped secure the second goal from a short corner when the ball was tapped in by Abi Brinkman. Several more chances were created by Beth Hopkinson but the score remained at 2-0 at half time. In the second half another powerful shot by Jen Francis found the back of the net. A lapse in concentration led to New Beccs scoring but the game ended with a 3-1 victory for Gore Court.
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 5-1 Canterbury 3a
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI had the upper hand throughout the match against Canterbury 3a and had a comfortable win with Jo Byrne opening the scoring. Sophie Holt found Erin Foot whose pace beat several Canterbury players resulting in the second goal. Klair Lander made it 3-0 at half time. Court remained strong in the second half with Abi Martin making the most of the space on the right to attack. Foot scored her second goal before Canterbury pulled one back from a short corner. The final goal was from Jade Waters to make the final score
5-1 to Gore Court.
Holcombe 3s 4-2 Gore Court Ladies' 2XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI showed great determination this week in a game that saw them come from behind on more than one occasion away against Holcombe Ladies' 3s. In a demonstration from the defence on how to score, which might have left the spectators looking twice at the formation, Court's usual goalie Jemima Ratcliffe (playing left forward) scored Court's first goal to level the game 1-1.
Court then battled back from 2-1 down with a goal from Jenny Francis. Despite a solid team performance from start to finish and some great saves from Kim Stringer tiredness seemed to get the better of Court and the final score was 4-2 to Holcombe.
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 2-1 Ashford Ladies' 3XI
Despite conceding an early goal Gore Court Ladies' 2XI had an unexpected win against second in the table Ashford 3XI.
Court were unlucky not to score in the first half but Ashford keeper saved several fine shots meaning the score was 0-1 at half time. Court kept the pressure on with a solid performance from the whole team and were rewarded with a goal by Abi Brinkman from a short corner.
Jen Francis dominated the middle with tireless running and commitment from all created a run down the right, a superb cross from Lucy Owen resulted in a second goal from Abi Brinkman.
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI 4-0 Old Williamsonians Ladies' 2XI
Gore Court had the upper hand throughout the first half and a slick short corner led to Jade Waters opening the scoring. This was followed by a superb solo run from Donna Hearn finishing with a direct shot on goal which was deflected in by Lucy Owen. The third goal just before half time was from player of the match Sophie Holt with a direct shot at goal from a short corner.
Court were not so dominant in the second half and goalie Jemima Ratcliffe repelled a couple of one on one attacks. Abi Brinkman secured the clean sheet win with the final goal.
Deal Ladies' 4-1 Gore Court Ladies' 2XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI dominated the game against Deal Ladies' but failed to convert their numerous chances. Two penalty flicks, one in each half, and plentiful short corners were all kept out by an extremely resilient Deal keeper who deserved to be awarded man of the match.
Ashford Ladies' 2XI 8-0 Gore Court Ladies' 2XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI suffered a heavy defeat against a strong Ashford side. Despite the score it was a good team performance with many forays into the Ashford half.
Kim Stringer bravely volunteered to play in goal for the first time and made some tremendous saves, helping to keep the score in single figures. Meanwhile, Katie Stringer worked tirelessly throughout the match.
Tunbridge Wells Ladies 3XI 9-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court faced a heavy defeat at the hands of a well organised and skilful Tunbridge Wells side on Saturday. Court, due to several injuries to the more senior players, fielded their most youthful team of the season who, despite the score line, played with an excellent team spirit, never gave up and kept going until the final whistle.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-0 Holcombe Ladies 3s
Gore Court pressed hard from the off but were unable to turn possession into goals. The opposition did have a few chances but couldn't get past a well organised defence. In the second half, Court continued their dominance but despite chances were unable to find the net until, with ten minutes to go, the deadlock was broken when Shahna O'Flynn tapped in at the back post, earning Court their first win of the season.
Ashford Ladies 3XI 3-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Injuries to two experienced players either side of half time put Court on the back foot. Court started strongly with the opposition attackers being kept at bay in the first half by a strong Court defence. Unfortunately, after the half time break, Ashford struck with 3 goals. Despite a strong comeback by Court in the last 20 minutes, no further goals were scored.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-1 Burnt Ash (Bexley) Ladies 3XI
Court started their league campaign brightly and soon found themselves a goal to the good after debutant Shahna O'Flynn scored with a clean strike after some good build up play. Pre-season training seemed to be paying off as Court found it easy to pass the ball around but were unable to extend their lead by half time. After the break, the young Court side battled hard, with Isobel Jackson and Katie Stringer making promising debuts, but Ash levelled the score mid way through the half, leaving the scores level at the final whistle.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 3-1 Bromley and Beckenham 5XI
After a confidence boosting 3-1 win against Herne Bay midweek, Gore Court entered their final game of the season knowing that a win would secure promotion and first position in Kent Division 3.
The game started slowly with both teams having possession in the middle third of the pitch, with Bromley and Beckenham winning early opportunities to score. Stout defending by Gore Court ensured that no goals were conceded during this early pressure. Court grew into the game with chances being created from both sides of Gore Court’s forward line. This pressure finally told with Ann Hodnett putting Gore Court in front.
Gore Court started the second half brightly with chances being created through the willing forward running of Erin Foot, Freya Jury and Lucy Owen. A goal line scramble put the Gore Court supporter’s minds at rest when Beth Hopkinson pushed home for Court’s second of the match. A youthful Bromley and Beckenham side had a second half resurgence, pressuring Gore Court back into their half. However Court’s counter attacking hockey put the home side 3 ahead, with a smart finish from Jade Waters. With moments to go, Bromley and Beckenham continued to exert pressure, scoring a late goal for their efforts.
Gore Court finished the game elated with their achievements from the season and can be proud of their final league table standing.
University of Kent Women’s 1XI 5-5 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
While other teams around them seem to have ‘enhanced their menus’, the plucky Court side continued their season by featuring their customary set meal, using a large serving of youth with a sprinkle of maturity.
From the off, this game was a feast of entertainment, with Lucy Owen’s first minute goal proving to be just a starter to what was to come. UKC were quick to respond, serving up a flurry of goals. Sadly, Court, finding themselves conceding 4 unanswered goals, were left with a bad taste in their mouths. Despite this, a converted short corner from Jade Waters gave Court the appetite for more, but UKC’s three goal lead was restored at half time, with Court trailing 5-2.
Court had only been lukewarm up to now, and with ‘Coach Kev’ missing from the bench, a new recipe would need to be found if Court were to gain anything back.
The turning point for Court came mid-way through the second half, when Erin Foot received the ball deep in her own half. She then preceded to run the entire length of the pitch, threading the ball past the keeper from an impossible angle to lift the team. The last ten minutes saw Court fight harder and harder, with Lucy Owen completing her hat-trick with 30 seconds of the game remaining.
With three games to go, Court still have their destiny in their own hands.
Folkestone Optimist Ladies 3XI 5-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Despite pushing for promotion, some of the key Court 2XI players were missing in this top of the table clash.
Therefore, Folkestone proved to be a much stronger team than the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but with aerial balls whizzing past their shoulders, Court got on with the task in hand without taking it out on their team members or umpires.
Being 4-0 down at half time, Court regrouped and came out with renewed determination, limiting the home team to just one more goal, whilst getting on the score sheet themselves with an Erin Foot goal.
Court are four points clear with four to play. If they are to be rewarded for their amazing achievements so far this season with continued success, that appears to be in the hands of the team selectors from now on.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 4-3 Burnt Ash Ladies 4XI
Despite some enforced changes in their team this week, Gore Court still managed to put together a fighting team performance, which keeps them seven points clear at the top of the table.
Court started slowly, and despite some great stops by keeper Abi Martin, Burnt Ash deservedly took the lead mid-way through the first half, a scenario that these girls are well used to. Showing their now customary determination, and greatly encouraged on by Coach Kev, Court dug deep and a pair of goals, the first from Beth Hopkinson followed by one from Leah Miller took Court into half time leading.
The second half was an equally dogged and close affair, with goals shared between the two teams, Ann Hodnett and Lucy Owen netting for Court, giving them the well-deserved win.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-0 Maidstone Ladies 3XI
Court opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the league with another well fought performance on Saturday.
They haven’t been overpowering teams or winning by huge margins, but this game just shows how they have got to where they are. They understand that some decisions will go against them, but realise that keeping their emotions in check, and the whole team on the pitch, is ultimately the best policy.
This week, Court enjoyed much of the possession throughout the game, but lacked a little fire power in front of goal. It was a set piece that divided the teams, with Ann Hodnett scoring her third goal in two games, from a short corner.
K Sports (Cobdown) Ladies 1-2 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
If they were going to keep their position at the top of the table, Court needed to bounce back from last week's defeat and they did so in an admirable fashion.
Court enjoyed much of the possession in the first half, but were unable to convert this into goals. It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, as Court's defence needed to keep their wits about them as the opposition always looked dangerous when pressing forward.
If it were possible, the intensity of the game increased further in the second half when K Sports deservedly took the lead. Lesser teams would have let their heads drop but the fantastic team spirit that this Court team has enabled them to pick themselves up and within a few minutes were back level when Ann Hodnett smashed the ball into the net from a tight angle. Tireless pressing earnt Court a short corner which was converted by Hodnett.
Tense, exciting and played in a spirit that was a credit to both teams – a game worthy of a top of the table clash.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-3 Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 2XI
Court probably lacked just one senior player as they suffered their first defeat of the season at Westlands on Saturday.
Court’s starting line-up included 7 teenagers and the home team had a slow start as Anchorians scored two goals early on. After this wake-up call, Court regrouped and pulled a goal back after a powerful run and cross into the D by Erin Foot was met by Beth Hopkinson who calmly netted the ball.
Early in the second half, Court were level when Freya Jury scored from a narrow angle. In a very even game, it seemed that the points were to be shared, but with ten minutes to play Anchorians managed to score to take all the points.
Sevenoaks Ladies 6XI 3-5 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
In their last game before the Christmas break, the Gore Court angels treated their spectators to a festive feast of a game with all the trimmings. It was also the first game that featured two mother and daughter combos, with Millie joining her daughter Jade and debutante Tracy, joining her daughter Beth.
Sevenoaks must have thought that Court were being particularly generous, in keeping with the season of goodwill, by starting the game without a keeper. Fortunately, Courts Maggie Nicholls stepped in to play as a kicking back while keeper Jemima Ratcliffe was in transit, but ‘Oaks took full advantage, scoring two early goals.
Ratcliffe was duly delivered mid-way through the first half and her presence instantly changed the game into a cracker and injected some well needed fizz into Courts play. Two goals in as many minutes saw Court pull level, the first from Beth Hopkinson, costing Coach Kev another Ayrton, closely followed by a Lucy Owen strike. ‘Oaks immediately responded, giving them a slender lead, only for Ann Hodnett to thread a glorious pass Owen, who scored her second to even things up at half time.
Courts defence were much more Scrooge-like in the second half, restricting ‘Oaks to only a handful of chances, while at the other end, Hodnett surprised ‘Oaks keeper by unleashing two powerful strikes to seal the win.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 3-2 Tunbridge Wells Ladies 4XI
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI reached the mid-point of their season with another well-earned win on Saturday. Starting the game strongly, Court were unable to convert their early possession into goals and as the half continued, Court seemed to run out of ideas. This allowed Tunbridge Wells’ confidence to rise, leading to Court conceding the first goal, sending them into half time one behind.
Court were rejuvenated in the second half, first pulling level when Beth Hopkinson and Jade Waters traded shots on goal, with Waters getting the final touch, before Court then took the lead when Freya Jury set up Lucy Owen to score at close range. Jury was again spot on with a pass allowing Klaire Lander to score Court’s third, although with Tunbridge Wells pulling one back, the points were not entirely safe until the final whistle. Player of the match was awarded to keeper Jemima Radcliffe by Courts inspirational ‘Coach Kev’, who has been a real motivation to the team this year.
So, the half term report for the ladies looks bright, 7 wins and 4 draws see them five points clear at the top of the table.
Herne Bay Ladies 2XI 1-2 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
After a stressful start, Gore Court ground out a win to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches this season.
Intense team discussions preceded the start of Court's match on Saturday as two hours before their meet, the captain was informed that there was no umpire for the forthcoming game. The decision not to sacrifice a player but to forfeit points was made, but this signalled a very nervy start from the league leaders. Court defended resolutely, with keeper Jemima Radcliffe keeping Court in the game on many occasions until surprisingly, and totally against the run of play, Abi Brinkman released an unmarked Lucy Owen who opened the scoring for Court. Herne Bay replied with a deserved equaliser when the ball was tucked in at the far post from a short corner.
Half time couldn’t come soon enough, which gave Court time to regroup, coming out much stronger in the second half. It wasn’t long before Ann Hodnett powered through the centre of the pitch to score a great solo effort, taking Court back into the lead. Tireless running from Freya Jury, Beth Hopkinson and Jade Waters kept the pressure on Bay's keeper, but it was Herne Bay who came closest to scoring, only to be thwarted by a brave goal line clearance by Caitlin Brinkman.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 4-4 University of Kent Women’s 1XI
Gore Court Ladies 2XI faced their most significant test of the season so far, against an experienced and skilful University of Kent team.
Under the lights and the driving rain at Westlands Astro, the game started with a high intensity with Gore Court having to defend from the outset. After a number of fine save from Court’s keeper, the pressure told with University of Kent going one up. Gore Court played counter attack hockey throughout the first half resulting in an equalising goal from Beth Hopkinson who swept home Jade Water’s cross field pass. Unfortunately Court went 2-1 down shortly after as a result of a number of short corners. However a defence splitting pass from Sarah Green enabled Klaire Lander to calmly slot the ball home for the second equalising goal before half time.
University of Kent started quickly in the second half, with an early short corner taking them back into the lead. Gore Court continued to work hard as a team resulting in more possession in the final third of the pitch. This resulted in a short corner which was deflected home by Lisa Riddle following the initial flick by Leah Miller. The opposition continued to apply pressure to the defence forcing inspired defending by all. Once again this pressed tolled by a sweetly stuck short corner, leaving Court behind once again. The youthful Gore Court side continued to show their resilience and failed to accept to defeat on a wet Saturday afternoon. A late short corner enabled Leah Miller once again to flick towards goal which was was deflected home, at the near post, by Beth Hopkinson for her second goal of the match. This ensured the points were shared between the two top teams in the league.
Bromley and Beckenham Women’s 5XI 0-4 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Is it a double brace, a quadruple, a quartet or a poker?
A confident Gore Court side ventured into South East London for their 8th game of the season, but without a recognised keeper, which required Maggie Nichols to pull on the green shirt to play as a kicking back.
The script to the game was written early on, as Lucy Owen took the spotlight, scoring the first of her four goals – all in the first half! In every good production, there is a full supporting cast and that was certainly the case as Court played with positivity and as a team.
It was not all one-way traffic though, as the second half saw the opposition trying their best to fight back, but the only thing that ended up in the net was Jo Byrne, as she desperately cleared off the line.
A deserved win for this determined team, that last year hadn’t won a game at this stage of the season. All credit to the 2s for sticking together and reap the rewards – the view is fantastic from the top of the table!
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-0 Folkestone Optimist Ladies 3XI
Gore Court’s Ladies 2XI run of good form continued with some pyrotechnics on the pitch, ideal for the bonfire weekend.
The touch paper was lit early on, with Court enjoying much possession, but like a smouldering fuse, Folkestone then exploded into their stride, forcing Court keeper Jemima Ratcliffe into some sparkling saves. Mid way through the half, Freya Jury unleashed a firecracker of a pass to release Klaire Lander, who sent the ball under the Folkestone keeper and into the net, to give Court a slender lead.
Protecting their goal in the second half, saw Court defenders Abi Martin fighting hard and Catherine Wanstall wheeling the ball away from the Folkestone attackers. The points were secure when Jury completed a banger of a run from her own half, rocketing the ball into the D for Caitlin Brinkman to replicate what her sister did last week, netting the winning goal.
On their recent performances, there are not going to be too many teams that can hold a (Roman) candle to this still undefeated Court team.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-1 Burnt Ash Ladies 4XI
Gore Court Ladies 2XI continued their unbeaten run with an away win to Burnt Ash Ladies 4XI, taking them up to second in the league table.
The match got off to a positive start, with Court dominating play. The young side pressurised Burnt Ash’s defence, winning a number of short corners. The early pressure finally told when Freya Jury’s shot on goal was saved by the keeper and instinctively swept home by Abigail Brinkman to give Court the early lead. After taking the initial lead, the remainder of the first half was fairly even with Gore Court’s defence holding strong to defend their advantage, which lead to the half time score standing at 1-0 to Court.
Burnt Ash started the second half with attacking intent, however resilient keeping and great shot stopping from Jemima Ratcliffe ensured no goals were conceded. Gore Court kept searching for the next goal with some fantastic runs by Freya Jury and Jade Waters from midfield. Court’s second goal came from Beth Hopkinson who deflected a cross from the top of the D into the bottom corner of the goal. As the game entered the final stages, Gore Court continued pushing for another goal to seal the victory, however Burnt Ash broke away from their half with a quick counter attack. Despite the brilliant efforts of the whole team to get back to prevent the break away goal, a shot from Burnt Ash at the top of the D could not be stopped. The match finished 2-1 and the spirits of the Gore Court team remain high.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-0 New Beccehamian Ladies 2XI
Gore Court continued with their superb start to the season without conceding a goal in an entertaining match.
For the second match in a row, Court scored early on when Klaire Lander powered through the middle, forcing the New Beccs' keeper to parry the shot into the path of Freya Jury, who calmly netted for her first senior goal. Try as they might, Court could not extend their lead, going into half time with a slender lead.
The second half saw Beccs pushing forward, trying to grab an equaliser, but Court's doggedness paid off after a fine run down the right from Jury, the ensuing cross turned in by Lucy Owen.
Court are still undefeated this season, and this win pushes them up to 3rd in the league.
Maidstone Ladies 3XI 1-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Courts Ladies 2XI unbeaten start to the season continued against Maidstone Ladies 3XI on Saturday.
With a teenager heavy team, Court started strongly, and soon found themselves leading after a strong run and strike into the D from Jo Byrne was deflected into the goal by Beth Hopkinson. Court continued to press but Maidstone held out, sending Court into half time with a narrow lead.
Maidstone came out in the second half much more attack minded, with Court finding it difficult to break out from their own half, and they eventually succumbed to an equaliser. Despite this, Court kept fighting but the scored remained at 1-1 at the final whistle.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-0 K Sports (Cobdown) Ladies 1XI
Gore Court Ladies 2XI started the game under extreme pressure from the opposition, this led to the K Sports being camped in Gore Court's half for the first part of the game. However resolute defending led to no clear chances on goal from the opposition.
After Gore Court had weathered the early pressure, they began to build into the game using their strong defence, Maggie Nicholls, Jo Byrne and Sarah Green as a platform to attack. This enabled the forward three of Beth Hopkinson, Lucy Owen and Jade Waters to set up numerous attacking opportunities. Gore Court were unlucky not to go ahead in the first half, narrowly missing a number of chances.
The second half started as the first half finished, with Gore Court playing well with the accuracy of their passing much improved upon from last season. This lead to Jade Waters sweeping home her first goal of the season from a blocked shot. Gore Court managed to sustain their effort and determination throughout the second half, despite some late short corners from the opposition.
Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 2XI 2-2 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Hockey players are all passionate about the game, but show it in different ways. Last year, this Gore Court side went through the whole season without a card of any colour, but in this, just their second game of the season, they found themselves down to 10 players for part of this ill tempered game.
Court applied all the pressure in the first half but their efforts were un-rewarded, in fact Anchorians opened the scoring, definitely against the run of play, to take a 1-0 lead into half time.
After an animated half time rallying call, Court were soon level with a first goal for Beth Hopkinson, in only her second senior game, and soon after, Jenny Francis took Court into the lead. Anchorians piled on the pressure and despite some sterling goalkeeping from Abi Martin, they managed to even the score to share the points.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-2 Sevenoaks Ladies 6XI
Gore Court Ladies 2XI started their first game in Kent Women’s Outdoor League Division 3 full of enthusiasm, with the same young nucleus as last season, but with a greater sprinkling of experience, giving the side a much more balanced feel.
Unfortunately, they found themselves trailing early on, when the defence froze, expecting the umpires whistle, only for an advantage to be played, giving their keeper no chance. Memories of last year’s campaign must have been in the team’s mind, but with the greater experience this team now has, instead of crumbling, a fight back was on the cards.
Despite having much of the possession for the rest of the first half, Court were unable to capitalise on this, leaving them 0–1 down at half time.
The scores were level early in the second half when Leah Miller netted for Court from a short corner, but Sevenoaks were back in the lead soon after. Court again were playing catch-up and enjoyed much possession but were just not clinical enough when in the opposition’s D.
With seconds remaining, Court were awarded a short corner. With the final whistle echoing around the pitch, the whole team pushed forward, and with the ball falling to Erin Foot, she calmly threaded the ball into the net, claiming Court’s first point of the season.
Maidstone Ladies 3XI 2-2 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court reached the halfway point of their season with a fantastic team performance, which showed
just how much this young team have improved over the last eleven games.
Early on, it seemed as if it would be business as usual as Court were made to endure much pressure,
but they stood firm, with the occasional foray into the opposition's half being just a hint of what was
to come. Court’s resistance finally broke and two goals in the first half saw them go into half time in
a familiar position.
A rejuvenated Court started the second half brightly, with everyone contributing to a dramatic
fightback, which started when Catherine Wanstall set up Lucy Owen to pull a goal back, and it was
then Owen who set up Erin Foot to level the scores.
At the final whistle, Court enjoyed celebrating their first point of the season, and with half the season
in front of them, who knows where this boost will lead.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-3 Ashford Ladies 3XI
Gore Court started the game on the front foot, forcing Ashford back, but were made to rue their missed chances as Ashford scored with their first two attacks, leaving Court two goals down early on. Any thoughts that Court were going to roll over and succumb to a heavy defeat were dispelled when Lucy Owen pulled a goal back after a strong run and pass by Isobel Wanstall, leaving the score 1-2 at half time.
Early in the second half, Court were on level terms when Owen deflected a short corner but Ashford finished out the game by nudging ahead to take the points.
Deal Ladies 2-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court's young team are gaining valuable match experience this season, but despite having much possession, found the oppositions unsporting behaviour towards themselves and the umpires not something they wish to replicate.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 3-5 Canterbury Ladies 3a
Gore Court’s dugout was bursting with players for their home fixture against Canterbury and after a bright start they thought they had taken the lead, but pushing in the D lead to the ‘goal’ being ruled out. Experienced Canterbury took advantage of the situation and themselves opened the scoring. Court, to their credit, dusted themselves off from this disappointment, and fought back, with Ann Hodnett converting a short corner and Erin Foot scoring a superb individual goal to take Court into the break leading.
In an exciting second half, Canterbury levelled, only for Court to nudge ahead again when Lucy Owen scored off the far post from a tight angle. Canterbury persevered, drawing level again before taking the lead. With Court pushing forward to try to draw level, Canterbury scored again to seal the win.
New Beccehamian Ladies 1XI 4-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
For their away fixture in South London, Gore Court were only able to muster 8 players, so regretfully had to concede the game, registering a 4-0 defeat.
Holcombe Ladies 3XI 4-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court lined up with another very youthful side and had to soak up a lot of pressure from the opposition, and following numerous short corners, the inevitable goal came. Court though, were not downhearted and a fine individual goal from Erin Foot levelled the scores at half time.
Court's hopes of gaining something from the game were dashed when Holcombe used their experience to close out the game, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-4 Kings Alleyns Ladies 2XI
Despite the results to date, Gore Court 2XI lined up with a balanced team of youth and experience and hope in their hearts - and for the first time this season, took the lead when Lucy Owen won a short corner that was duly converted by Ann Hodnett.
Kings then drew level and then took the lead when Court were still decrying themselves over a disallowed goal. With Court desperately trying to snatch an equaliser, Kings took advantage by scoring two more goals.
With every game they play, Court's youngsters are gaining much needed experience which will bode well for the future.
Edenbridge Ladies 1XI 10-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Despite the scoreline, Gore Court gave their all, without any moans at the umpire, stick throwing or gripes at fellow players.
Another entertaining match saw seven under 15s in the team, with two making their senior league debut. They are keen, skilful and willing and will get their much needed match experience, to show their true potential, by playing alongside a few of the more senior campaigners - although sportingly, one of those ‘seniors’ volunteered not to play, in order to perform umpiring duties.
Court's first goal of the season was scored by experienced player Lucy Owen, after some fine passing play, hopefully the first of many.
As Yazz sang in 1988 ……………
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 0-7 Dartford Ladies 1XI
Certainly not a result that anyone from the home team had hoped for at the start of a new season, but Court had their backs to the wall before the game even started, being able to muster only 10 players - the Olympic feel good factor not yet being seen in this part of Kent!
Looking at the positives, the team gelled remarkably well and at no point did their heads drop or anyone give up, even when injury took the team down to nine on a couple of occasions. No consolation goal for Court, there were several chances, but the Dartford keeper thwarted anything that came her way.
With the D:Ream song firmly in their heads, it’s off to Edenbridge next week.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 0-0 Burnt Ash Ladies 3XI
No goals to report, but a determined Gore Court side matched Burnt Ash well and deservedly earned their seventh point in three games.
Court continued their mix of youth and experience and got the balance just right against their higher placed opponents. Despite doing most of the defending in the first half, a reflex save at full stretch from 'keeper Sarah Gouldson seemed to tip the balance in favour of Court, who had their chances in the second half, only to be thwarted themselves by an in form Burnt Ash 'keeper.
Points and honours shared.
Canterbury Ladies 3A 1-3 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court enjoyed several firsts for the season at Canterbury on Saturday - their first away win, the first time they have had back to back wins and the first time there have been three Wanstalls (what is the collective noun for a group of Wanstalls?) on the pitch at the same time.
Court started well, but were unable to get an all important goal before Canterbury enjoyed a long period of sustained pressure, including several short corners. Court's defence stood firm, but finally succumbed when a Canterbury player weaved her way through the D to score late on in the first half.
Undaunted by this, Court came out for the second half with renewed vigour and it was through balls from Jade Waters, Ellie Walker and Leah Miller that Lucy Owen latched onto, to score her hat-trick to complete the win.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-0 Edenbridge 1XI
Court claimed another home win against top three opposition, keeping possession well and limiting Edenbridge to just a handful of chances, thanks to a solid defence.
Court dominated from the off, their first goal coming from a Ann Hodnett short corner with Lucy Owen doubling the score when she latched onto a Claire Lander pass into the D.
Court did have further chances, with Erin Foot unlucky not to score after beating the last defender and being one on one with the keeper, but the score remained 2 - 0, as it was at half time.
Court have now won their last three home matches without conceding a goal, giving them a little breathing space between them and the bottom three in the league.
Deal Ladies 2-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Deal Ladies scored early on but Gore Court showed a good team spirit to not let their heads drop and the rest of the first half was a tactical midfield battle between two evenly matched teams.
Court had the better of the possession in the second half but were unable to make it count in the oppositions D, and were unlucky to concede a second when it seemed they were going to get something from the game.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-0 Bromley and Beckenham Women's 4XI
Gore Court opted for a mixture of youth and experience, but had to fight all the way to claim the points. Court scored early on when Ann Hodnett latched onto a through ball to beat the keeper which ended up being the only goal of the game. The Court defence stood firm as they endured wave upon wave of attacks from the opposition but as the game neared the final whistle, Court were unlucky not to extend their lead.
Burnt Ash Ladies 2XI 6-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court knew it was going to be a tough task against top of the table Burnt Ash but their young side kept fighting to the end. Ash dominated for much of the game but Court were given some hope when Sophie Holt converted a short corner.
Court may not have come away with any points, but the experience they gained will be invaluable in future games.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 3-0 University of Kent Ladies 1XI
What a difference a week makes! Court fielded their most youthful team of the season, including no less than 6 players from their Under 14's squad, and matched the opposition tackle for tackle in the early exchanges. The deadlock was broken halfway through the first half when Lisa Riddle gave Court a deserved lead, which they held on to until half time. Despite the strength of some of the Kent players, Court were not intimidated and doubled their lead when Leah Miller scored off both posts after a pinpoint pass from Isobel Wanstall. Erin Foot supplied the icing on the cake when she picked up the ball outside the D and calmly took on and beat the keeper, to register Courts first win since November.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-5 Dartford Ladies 1XI
Court started with the disadvantage of playing with a kicking back but matched Dartford well during the first half and despite going behind, Court evened the game when Ann Hodnett converted a short corner. Dartford kept pressing and despite some excellent league debut play from Catherine and Isobel Wanstall, Court could not add to their goal tally, with Dartford running in four more goals.
Maidstone Ladies 3XI 7-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
The festive spirit was alive and well on Saturday as Maidstone were showered with presents in the form of six goals during the first half. Gore Court were a little more Scrooge like in the second half, creating some chances of their own but it was Maidstone who enjoyed all the trimmings of a comfortable win.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-1 Tunbridge Wells 4XI
It was smiles all round for Court as they claimed their second win of the season in this exciting bottom of the table clash.
Wells had the early possession but Court soon started to press themselves, with Lucy Owen scoring two almost identical goals from short corners. Wells did pull one goal back just before half time, but this wasn't enough to stop Court bagging the points.
Burnt Ash Ladies 3XI 3-0 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Court started brightly but conceded mid way through the first half and by half time they were two down. Courts attempts to get something out of the game were dashed when they went down to ten through both cards and injuries and the opposition took advantage scoring again to seal the game.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-2 Canterbury Ladies 3A
Gore Court were duly rewarded for their efforts with a share of the points in this entertaining game.
Both teams pressed hard in the first half, but it was Canterbury who took their chances and went into half time one goal up.
Court responded immediately in the second, with Lisa Gibbs scoring in the first minute, although it wasn't long before Canterbury nudged ahead again. With the clock ticking down, Anna Wanstall found an unmarked Ann Hodnett, who cooly slotted past the keeper.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 1-2 Deal Ladies
Gore Court Ladies' 2XI came close to grabbing something from this game but try as they might, could not convert the chances that came their way.
Deal started much the stronger team, scoring mid way through the half, but were pegged back when Jade Walters scored her first league goal to even the scores at half time.
Deal scored their second after a long period of pressure which, despite Court's efforts, proved to be the winning goal.
Bromley and Beckenham Women's 4XI 4-1 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
Gore Court found themselves one goal down within the first minute of the game but fought back bravely when Lucy Owen pounced on a mistake to level the scores. For the rest of the game, Court were on the back foot and despite an outstanding goalkeeping performance from Sarah Gouldson but ultimately lost out to the better side.
Gore Court Ladies 2XI 2-4 Burnt Ash Ladies 2XI
Court were on the back foot from the start as a well organised Burnt Ash scored three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. Undeterred, Court kept fighting and managed to claw a goal back before half time when Ann Hodnett converted a short corner.
With renewed vigour, Court pressed the opposition at the start of the second half but Ash responded, scoring their fourth before Jenny Francis netted for Court from another short corner, giving the score an air of respectability.
University of Kent Ladies 1XI 3-2 Gore Court Ladies 2XI
With two players on their league debut and fielding six teenagers, Gore Court battled hard but eventually lost out to a stronger UKC side that had the advantage of a full substitutes bench.
Fielding the bare 11 players, Gore Court kept their shape throughout the first half and matched everything that the students could throw at them. Each time UKC scored, Court replied, with Lucy Owen scoring both goals.
The pace dropped somewhat in the second, but despite a valiant effort, Court could not find the net after UKC nudged ahead mid way through the second half.
Court may not have come away with any points, but the experience and commitment of the team bodes well for the rest of the season.