Whitchurch Men 1 Market Drayton Men 3
Whitchurch started off the New Year fielding a mixture of 1s and 2s in a friendly against their local rivals. From the start Drayton had the larger amount of possession but Whitchurch maintained their discipline and frustrated the Drayton attacks.
Drayton however were clinical in front of goal and took the lead from a Whitchurch error.
The second half was the same as the first but Whitchurch pushed players forward but failed to take their chances and again Drayton scored on the break.
Ben Kimberley pulled a goal back for Whitchurch but Whitchurch were guilty of pushing to many players forward searching for the equalising goal and Drayton completed their victory with a quick break and clinical finish.
Whitchurch return to league action next week at home against Bebbington 4s starting at 14.30.
Whitchurch ladies 2s 1 Market Drayton Ladies 6
Whitchurch entertained a team playing in a higher division as a test for the New Year. From the start the two teams were very even but as the game progressed Drayton’s experience of a higher standard became clear as they applied pressure to the Whitchurch defence.
Drayton scored two in the first half to give them a comfortable lead but Whitchurch always looked dangerous on the break.
In the second half Whitchurch just couldn’t find their pre-Christmas form as fitness came into play and passing wasn’t quite accurate enough. Jess Kimberley made the game more interesting scoring from a penalty corner
As Whitchurch tired Drayton’s experience showed as they pushed on to score a number of goals to complete their win.
Whitchurch took a lot of positives from the game and will take the lessons learnt into the remainder of their league matches.
The ladies 2s have a break next week but the ladies 1s take on Bowdon ladies 5s at home starting at 12.30.