Plenty to smile about

Daventry Ladies' hockey team
Daventry Ladies' hockey team

ON-FORM Daventry were still buzzing from the good result the previous weekend.

With keeper Jo Baynes and Hayley Frost warming the injury bench, Karen Barlow reluctantly donned the keeping kit.

For the opening 10 minutes Daventry were chasing the ball and diving into tackles as Gramarians settled into their playing rhythm.

The visitors broke through into the ‘D’ and trickled the ball past the dazed defence and goalie Karen.

This goal was the wake-up call they needed and Alex led from the centre, using Jo and Donna out wide to stretch the Gramarians’ defence.

Roni carried the ball into the attacking 25, pushed the ball to Angelina who propelled it into the bottom corner.

The Town team still found it hard to get into their attacking rhythm, allowing the opposition to dictate play with the ball being over turned easily.

Daventry were tracking back time and time again with Gramarians’ attackers linking well.

Just before the half-time whistle Daventry found some form.

Steph slipped the ball to Toni, who drove it out to Roni who found Angelina who once again powered the ball into the backboard.

Daventry reassessed their tactics for the second-half.

The discussion seemed to pay dividends as the team played the ball around with more confidence and found their form.

Zoe drove into space, floated the ball to Toni who darted into the ‘D’ and shot, which was met by the merest of touches by Angelina to secure the goal.

The second-half was still a little scrappy with Daventry’s play being shaped by the Grammarians.

But Daventry extended their lead from an assertive run by Toni who took the ball onto the reverse and swept the ball past the bewildered keeper.

The clock ran down and Daventry were grateful to take the full three points, although knowing that they had not played anywhere near their best.