AFC Kempston – 1 The Clarets -1
Player of the match – Ella B
Parents Player – Georgia
Attendance – 12
Saturday saw the 2 outstanding teams in the league go head to head with The Clarets looking to gain some pride back after being beaten in the reverse fixture 3 weeks earlier.
In reality Kempston with a win would have sealed the league title having won all of their previous games.
The Clarets came flying out of the blocks and had Kempston on the ropes from the off quicker and sharper all over the pitch, Kempston looked shell shocked and really quite ordinary which resulted in them hitting hopeless long balls over the top which was never going to trouble the rock solid back 3 of Lana, Maddison, and Chloe.
The Clarets took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when the ever brilliant Zoe drove passed the full back and sent in a wonderful cross to Ella B who needed no second invitation to bury her effort hard and low into the bottom right hand corner to continue her brilliant form in front of goal, sending the travelling fans into raptures!
The Clarets continued their dominance with Georgia having an incredible half completely bossing the centre of the park and with Ella S continuing her fine form Kempston were struggling to get any foot hold in the game!
Emily D’s determination and drive started giving Kempston further headaches, almost playing like a good old fashioned winger, terrorising Kempston’s fullback at every given opportunity this was mirrored by Zoe on the right flank as The Clarets finished the half full of purpose and were incredibly unlucky not to have had the game wrapped up by halftime.
Kempston came out in the 2nd half a little more fired up having been mauled by the Lionesses in the first half and slowly they started getting a foot hold in the game pressing for an equaliser! Like proper heavy weight champions the two teams traded blows in the centre of the park and with Alicia holding firm at the back, Erin playing out of her skin in the centre of the park and Lucie battling upfront it looked like The Clarets would hold out for a vital win.
In a game of such high quality The Clarets were finally undone by a scrappy route one goal, as a long hopeful goal kick from Kempston’s keeper found its way through The Clarets defence and the advancing Emily couldn’t quite stop the ball being stabbed home by Kemspton’s striker to make it 1-1.
In the final embers of the game both sides dug deep to try and find a winner which would have been harsh on both sides in an absolute ding dong of a battle.
The final whistle was greeted with applause of appreciation from the large crowd that had witnessed a game that all agreed was a fantastic advert for girl’s football and just rewards for the hard work of the girls and the management teams over the last few years!