Hampstead & Westminster’s Holly Hunt can’t wait to get back playing at Paddington Recreational this weekend and believes the Londoners’ game against East Grinstead should provide plenty of pace and flair as she called on the home faithful to show their support.
Hampstead got off to a winning start against Wimbledon on the opening weekend of the England Hockey Vitality Women’s Premier Division, while their opponents were 4-1 victors over Loughborough Students. More points on Saturday will see the West Sussex go unbeaten for two years in the top flight.
“We were really happy with how we played [against Wimbledon], we thought we played really well – but there were still moments where we didn’t play so well,” said Hunt.
“We know that there are things to improve on but just with this new league structure it’s just going to be important to pick up wins quickly no matter the opposition. There are so many teams that will be hard to beat so to get off to a winning start is a huge positive.
“It’ll be really nice to have a more normal home game. Hopefully there’ll be a bit of an atmosphere.
“East Grinstead are obviously a really good side, they’ve got lots of good players so it should be a good game to play in and for the crowd to watch. It’ll be a nice occasion to be back at Pad Rec.”
Hunt’s response when quizzed on their visitors’ biggest threats is one of respect, but also a confidence that her side have enough to counter the Sussex side’s main tactics.
“They’ve got Sophie Bray, Ellie Rayer too,” she added. “They’re a very fast side – they’re also an experienced side and have players who’ve been there for a long time.
“They’ve got lots of pace so I think that will be their biggest threat but then we’ve got quick players too. It should be a good match-up.”
Hampstead & Westminster vs East Grinstead takes place at 2pm at Paddington Rec.