Hockey: Upminster women lose unbeaten record
PUBLISHED: 10:30 02 November 2018
Upminster's women saw their five-match unbeaten run ended by East One South leaders Maidstone at Coopers.
They came under heavy early pressure and fell behind, but player of the match Michelle Wright distributed the ball well to forwards Riva Siggins, Alexa Marston and Jemma Cresswell to lead a rally.
Lauren Slater, Bella Boyle, Niamh Robeson and Faye Dixey had to work hard in defence, but Maidstone went 2-0 up when a short corner bounced off a post behind defender of the match Charlotte Triggs and was forced over the line.
Triggs made some diving stick saves in an outstanding display and a superb run and shot by Cresswell halved the deficit before half time.
Jackie Hilton, Briony Palmer, Claire Dixey, Amy Blackwell and Megan Miller worked hard to match Maidstone in midfield, but the visitors moved 3-1 up with a well-worked goal.
Triggs saved a penalty flick to keep Upminster hopes alive, with Marston setting up Siggins at the far post for a second goal.
But a strong Maidstone side held on and Upminster will hope to bounce back at Colchester this weekend.
The men lost 2-0 at Broxbourne in East Division One and host Potters Bar on Saturday.