Diss Hockey Club - slow start to return
Diss travelled to Taverham to play Reepham in the late game of the day. Diss started slowly and looked to be suffering from the Christmas break while Reepham looked recharged.
The first 15 minutes was all Reepham and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they scored. Diss were a little panicked with their clearances and this led to Gemma Burton in the Diss goal needing to make 2 or 3 smart saves but Diss held on and with the entrance of leading scorer Toni Glover on 20 mins Diss found their stride and started to make it a contest.
Sam Howard started to cut out the balls that were causing so much trouble earlier in the game and started to run at the Reepham defense. Diss somewhat against the run of play took the lead when Lucy Kershaw and Toni Glover combined down the right and Glovers cross was tucked away by Emily Pursehouse for her first goal of the season and within 5 minutes Pursehouse almost scored again but this time the ball just got caught up in her feet .The first half finished 1-0 to Diss.
The second half was a great battle between two good hockey sides, possibly Reepham looked to be calmer and more seasoned at this level but Diss looked so quick and sharp on the break that no one could call how this would end. Reepham really went for the equalizer and once again were denied by some brilliant defending from Sophie Brooks, Emily Comer, Charlie Everett Pam Keeley and if they couldnt stop Reepham the brilliant Gemma Burton did. But Reephan kept plugging away and eventually got the goal they deserved, a quick pass into the D and their striker crashed the ball home.
In recent weeks Diss have found it hard to step their game up after conceding but not in this game they took a deep breath and went looking to regain the lead, which almost came near the end. Gaby Rolingson had a goal ruled out, when perhaps the umpire was a little eager to blow the whistle rather than play on for a shot at goal for a foul on Rolingson. Reepham didnt give up and went looking to win it themselves but some heroic defending by Comer, who denied them but resulted in her having to leave the action after being 'sticked' in the head for a second time in the game.
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It was Diss who almost snatched the win when Kershaw twice came close from short corners the second time hitting the post and the ball ran across the face of goal. The game ended 1-1 which was a fair result, both sides will be a little disappointed they didn't win but it was a great match that both sets of players contributed to making such a great spectacle.
Player of the Match: Gemma Burton.
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