Bude’s ladies keep pace with Penzance after Falmouth win

By The Post in Hockey

Trelawney Division One

Falmouth 2nds 0

Bude 5

BUDE ladies warmed up for Saturday’s title showdown at home to league leaders Penzance by winning 5-0 at Falmouth seconds last weekend.

Due to injury, Bude had to make a couple of changes with Di Old slotting into defence to play sweeper and Cara Phillips moving into midfield with Emily Shepherd.

The game started well for the home side but Hannah Maloney and Rachel Pomeroy were able to deny the home side from driving into the D from the right.

As Bude weathered the storm it was the counter attack that had the home side on the back foot. Cara Phillips played a ball out to Tammy Snowsill on the left, she linked with Shepherd who passed the ball into Anna Bury who won a short corner, the corner was executed with perfection as Phillips fired the ball past the keeper.

Falmouth mounted attack after attack and unfortunately Pomeroy had to go off with a hamstring injury. On came Becca Maloney she was called into action and her tackling and passing frustrated the home side.

Bude’s attacking style was too much for Falmouth with Charlotte Prime running through defenders and making great crosses into the D for Bury and Zara Higham. And it wasn’t long before Bude doubled the score when Shepherd converted from close range.

Bude had to be on their guard as Falmouth did not make it easy for them, Grace Chan dealt well with the right winger while Old was sublime with her reading of the game to keep out the home side.

Bude’s third goal was by far the best. Chan played the ball to Old who passed it to Tammy Snowsill, she slipped inside to Phillips who passed it out right to Prime. She found Higham, and as she went into the D she was fouled.

Shepherd pushed the ball out to Tammy she then looked to shoot, but pushed the ball towards the post where Shepherd slapped the ball into the goal. Still Falmouth didn’t give up, and were rewarded with a short corner, but Bude’s goalkeeper Jo Timmins was alert and made a fine save.

Bude again pushed Falmouth and it was Higham who scored from a lovely ball from Snowsill.

Falmouth came out strongly after the break and put Bude under lots of pressure, forcing Timmins into several fine saves.

While the home side were good going forward they were struggling to live with the visitors attack.

While Bude’s midfield dominated, Falmouth looked to move the ball quickly from defence to their forwards and they created chances making life difficult for Bude. Two short corners resulted in two Bude two defenders were sent to the half way line as they were deemed to have come out to early, this left both Maloney’s and Timmins to defend the corner. Hannah ran out to the striker, the striker passed it left, but the player’s shot was saved into the path of the other striker. However, Becca stayed calm and put in a great tackle on the line and cleared the ball. Falmouth still wanted to get on the scoresheet as they pressed high up the pitch. However, Alan Muller’s side again undid them on the counter attack. Phillips and Snowsill linked well and the latter’s ball into the D found who’s reverse shot flew into the back of the net.

Bude remain just a point adrift of Penzance ahead of their crunch clash at Budehaven School on Saturday.

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