Hockey: Glossop Ladies 4 - 0 Rochdale Ladies
Date published: 07 November 2017
Roisin Pickering - Rochdale Ladies
Rochdale Ladies came away from Saturday's away fixture against Glossop still looking for their first points of the season.
Rochdale started with determination with Sue Halpin and Kie Leech working well up the left-hand side of the pitch, causing plenty of problems for the Glossop defence.
Halpin was unlucky not to open the scoring when one such move ended up with her charging into the Glossop D to take on the keeper and earn Rochdale a short corner, but the corner was not converted.
Becki Moon was up and down the pitch, tracking back to help the Rochdale defence when needed and then pushing up to support the midfield.
As the game progressed Glossop were starting to crank up the pressure with a number of short corners.
Rochdale captain Kie Leech led by example and made some good stops but two did get through, both were smashed home to give Glossop a two goal lead, which subsequently became four.
The Rochdale midfield pairing of Paula McDonald and Gemma Hodcroft were stealing the ball and feeding it out wide to the Rochdale wings and this was where Rochdale were most dangerous, but struggling with confidence to strike in the opposition D left them still goalless.
Kie Leech said: "On paper things are not looking great but the spirt of the team, the effort of each player and the blood, sweat and tears they have always shown are definitely still there and it is only a matter of time until the confidence comes back bringing the goals and the points.
“This season is definitely not over, Rochdale are just getting started... later than planned but still looking up."
The player-of-the-match went to Roisin Pickering.