This was a heart stopping game for the watching manager (who’s pedometer said she covered 1.5 miles pacing up and down) and coach. Watton were sent out with the simple instructions of ‘must do better than the last game’ and that they did and for much of the goalless first half, goalkeeper Lissy was a bystander.
The second half saw a much more determined home team and Watton had to fight hard but gleefully took the lead through Emma Bambridge at a penalty corner. The manager was in the middle of her text to the 1st team manager, reporting the score, when Dragons equalized. ‘That was quick’ was the reply!
Then, as has happened a lot this season, despite some great hockey (worthy of a place a lot higher up the table), Watton went a goal down. A muddle in defence and the ball was bundled home. The game was almost out of sight shortly after when a comedy moment slip by Megan gave a Dragon’s player a one on one with the keeper, but Lissy superbly resisted and kept her side in the hunt.
With 3 mins remaining, Watton earned a penalty corner. A strike by Charlie Clubb and 2-2. A point earned. Surely we couldn’t really hope for any more than that??? In the final few seconds Watton were awarded another penalty corner. With the final whistle for time blown, it was all up from the back. Up stepped centre back and captain Rachel Calvert to claim the winning goal.