A tougher away match at Lymm was nearly cancelled after flooding affected the scheduled pitch but happily Lymm were able to organise an alternative venue and Beavers A encountered a stronger team than in their previous match.
Joining the Team from Beavers B, were Jonny Riley and Grace Spender who both played with confidence and skill on their first outing for the A's. Each week new additions to the squad have demonstrated their ability and on the back of these performances the regular outfield squad has grown to 17 with the new blood all worthy of continued selection - giving the manager some headaches going forward.
With Charlie Cook not playing Abi Jeavons led the line with tenacity and real effort drawing defenders with her and linking up well with Caitlynn Green at right wing. Chester's only goal, however came from Elliot Hall though Caitlyn came close with a screamer aimed towards the top right corner of Lymm's Goal.
Some well worked penalty corners put pressure on the opposition, with Lukas Pold hitting the ball with real venom together with the occasional variation of the team's own making. Unfortunately a second goal was not to come.
This week the opposition presented tougher challenges and the midfield dug deep and worked hard up and down the pitch with Emily Hunt sticking to her defensive duties ably assisted by Ella Thombs, Lauren Scoltock, and Grace who rotated well to keep energy levels high.
Only the defence of Lukas, Matthew Randles, Ffion Chilton and Ruby Whysall remained unchanged, with Jonny rotating into the line during the match. This group is beginning to read the game with increasing maturity and stuck to the task of marking the opposition closely, leaving few opportunities for Lymm to work into the Chester D, whilst increasingly having the confidence to support the midfield further up the pitch.
Despite this opportunities came for Lymm to level the score and with the game becoming tighter into the final period the match stood in the balance. A goal to settle the match would not come and Finn O'Dell made several important saves, including taking man and ball on occasion to prevent Lymm from drawing level.
With the game won, Lymm awarded player of the match to Emily Hunt for her energy and commitment throughout the game, though the coach would equally mention Finn particularly and the whole of the defence for defending the tight lead that Chester clung onto for most of the game.
The Coach now has the difficult task of ensuring that his growing squad of 17 Beavers A continue to develop and get matches under their belts and thanks Beavers B for suggesting and bringing forward new players into the A team despite the cost to the B's. The coach would also like to publicly thank the parents of the players for their support of this growing team, and on behalf of the players for ferrying them across the North West in an unusual run of three away games on the trot.