Puddle sends Slough to the finals

Harriet Ward celebrates her goal at the Super6s

Slough 3 (2)
Laura Puddle 3, 18 (FG, FG)
Harriet Ward 26 (FG)

Sutton Coldfield 1 (0)
Beth Merriman 25 (FG)

Laura Puddle’s brace for Slough inspired the Pink and Blacks to a famous win and secured their spot in this afternoon’s Super 6s final. Puddle netted twice in the first half to put Slough in command and despite a brave display from Sutton Coldfield, Kat McGonigle’s team never looked back.

Slough settled the quicker of the two sides and took the lead on three minutes. Puddle slid the ball inside the near post after a good run and pass from Mel Ball. The goal provider almost turned goal scorer moments later as Ball broke free but Becky Batsford was out quickly to make a smart save.

At the other end Asha Tranquille-Day was alert and alive to see off two good chances for Sutton skipper Vicky Woolford.
Woolford managed to get the ball past the Slough goalkeeper from a penalty corner but Ash Bhogal produced a splendid goal line clearance to preserve the lead.

Beth Peers had a great chance to reduce the arrears after a turnover inside the Slough circle but once again Tranquille-Day came to the rescue.

Just before the break Puddle doubled the advantage. Initially Slough had a goal disallowed but from the restart they won the ball straight back and Puddle did the rest.

After the break the No14 almost completed her hat-trick but her shot flashed just wide.

Sutton got themselves on the board thanks to Beth Merriman’s shot which squirmed through the goalkeeper’s pads and crept over the line.

The two goal cushion was restored almost straight away. Harriet Ward found space inside the circle and located the bottom corner with a precise finish.

Julie Stowe pulled off a good goal line clearance from another Slough penalty corner as the clocked ticked down on Sutton’s chances. They took off their goalkeeper as a last throw of the dice, but Slough stood firm and booked their place in the final.

Slough's two-goal hero Laura Puddle spoke to England Hockey afterwards.

You can watch the rest of the semi-finals and the finals of the Super 6s via the England Hockey Facebook page.