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Ladies 2s - Match centre

Phoenix and Ranelagh Ladies 2s
Reading Rebels
Sat 23 Mar 14:30 - Trysports - Three Counties Hockey League - Division 2 Full time

Ladies 2's suffer 2-1 defeat

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What a difference a week makes!

After the elation of taking a point from the division leaders last week, to the disappointment of losing 2-1 at home to Reading this week, what a difference a week can make it sport! The home team knew that two wins from two was the only thing guaranteeing them 2nd place but sadly they found themselves up against a Reading Rebels team who have clearly improved from the early part of the season. The Rebels man-marked and pressurised the P&R eleven from the opening whistle and obviously had a game plan to upset the form book.

P&R still managed to get in the lead after 25 mins with Naomi Ashcroft grabbing a goal from just inside the left post after Phoebe Gannon sent across a lovely ball from the right hand side after a quick break out of defence and a great through ball from Jess Greener.

With the home team going into half time only 1 up, the game was evenly balanced. Reading fought back hard in the 2nd half and kept chasing down P&R players and putting the team under pressure. They got their equaliser with 20 mins left on the clock from open play and despite P&R working hard to get back into a winning position, they couldn't find the killer touch to score again.

With P&R pushing for a winner, Reading make the most of their chances, and grabbed their 2nd on a third attempt at a short corner. The home side just couldn't clear their lines, and Rebels poked the ball home to take all 3 points and set back P&R's chances of a 2nd placed finish.

It's not all over yet though - the team visit Wychwood needing 3 points from the game and for Marlow to slip up to get back into the promotion places. It will be a tough ask, but regardless of the result, the team should be proud of their success this season in their 2nd year in Div 2 and with some promising youngsters settling into the squad. Good luck for next weekend ladies!

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 2 results

Banbury Ladies 3s
Wychwood Ladies 1s
Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 3s
Oxford Hawks Ladies 5s
Wallingford Ladies 3's
Wycombe Ladies 3s

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Oxford Hawks Ladies 5s 15 45
2. Marlow Ladies 4s 18 33
3. Phoenix and Ranelagh Ladies 2s 16 32
4. Banbury Ladies 3s 14 25
5. Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 3s 16 22
6. Wallingford Ladies 3's 15 19
7. Wychwood Ladies 1s 15 18

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