Caught cold, but Ladies battle back

Women's hockey: BtExact Ipswich 2Woking 1BTEXACT Ipswich were caught by surprise in the opening five minutes.Woking began confidently and played to their strengths, quick passing in midfield and a lot of movement by their forwards to get behind the Ipswich defenders.

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BTEXACT Ipswich were caught by surprise in the opening five minutes.

Woking began confidently and played to their strengths, quick passing in midfield and a lot of movement by their forwards to get behind the Ipswich defenders.

They took the lead after Ipswich lost the ball in the attacking third. Poor covering from the Suffolk team left keeper Hannah Robinson exposed and unable to prevent the first strike.

Ipswich stepped up their game with Tanya Barnard trying to weave her way through the defenders and Vicki Sandall making incisive passes to her forwards. Eventually the pressure paid dividends and Ella Kenny got on to the end of Sandall's cross and skilfully deflected the ball past the keeper.

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The second half began with a Woking player being sent off for a back stick stop, but Ipswich failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and the Woking keeper was barely stretched in open play.

The majority of possession was by the Suffolk team, with their defence able to cope with the occasional quick break when Woking seized upon poor control or passing.

Yet, it took a series of short-corners before Ipswich captain Kirsten Spencer struck the ball over the diving keeper to put the home team into the lead.

Woking were determined to keep pushing forward and maintained their efforts right through to the final whistle. Ipswich can feel satisfied with going through to the next round.

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