PUBLISHED 16 May 2023
At the weekend AKS hosted a touring hockey side from Kings School, Peterborough and the Fylde coast put on its best weather with the matches being played in beautiful sunshine.
AKS U14 squad played two 8 a side matches against Kings School and both teams played some superb passing hockey to demonstrate the strides the team have made over the season.
The A team started on the front foot dominating possession in the early stages but they could not break down the packed Kings defence and at the end of the first quarter the scores were level at 0 – 0. The second quarter saw us look to open up channels more effectively and we created a number of chances with Rosie L going close on several occasions. We did, however, get reward for our possession when Sophia M scored from a well worked corner. More good play saw us keep possession well and we went in to the break 2 – 0 ahead thanks to a goal from Poppy M. The second half saw Kings grow in to the game and we needed solid defending from Emelie B, Esther T, Lilly G and Sophia M to maintain our lead and we went further ahead when Lucy W found the net to make it 3 – 0. Kings did start to create scoring opportunities of their own but keeper Sophie S was on hand to keep a clean sheet and a second goal from Lucy before the final whistle made the final score 4 – 0.
The B team game was another display of good hockey. We started well with Ella A making driving runs down the right to put the Kings defence under pressure and create scoring chances with Grace P going close. A determined Kings defence tackled well and despite enjoying a lot of possession the score remained level until late in the half when we managed to find the net and go in to the break 1 – 0 ahead. The second half saw Kings enjoy more of the ball but great defending from Annie N , Ella A and Erin R along with solid keeping from Niamh M kept the ball out of the net and a second goal from Poppy M sealed the win to make the final score 2 – 0.
After two great matches the Kings School Captain presented AKS Captain Esther T with a commerative plaque which was engraved ‘ Kings School Hockey Tour in friendship’ which highlights one of the great benefits of sport and especially sports tours. A suerb morning enjoyed by both AKS players and supporters and our friends from Peterborough.