As a result of the recent white-out and frosts, it felt like we had not played a match for weeks when we met at Ridgmont yesterday morning to play Leighton, who were in a similar position, but we were looking forward to a chance to blow away the cobwebs.
Leighton came out firing on all cylinders from the off, leaving the Lionesses still dozing. Although end to end initially, it was Leighton who clearly demonstrated a greater desire to win the ball which served them well. We had an early corner which gave us an opportunity to test-out a move we had been practising in training. Scoobs connected with it beautifully but unfortunately, on this occasion, presented it as a gift for the Leighton goalie.
Between the posts, Maggie had her work cut out but she rose to the challenge, keeping Woburn in the game and making some fearless saves. She could be forgiven for wondering what had happened to her support. With the exception of Izzy, who seemed to be the only other Lionesses on the pitch with the determination to change the flow of play, the home side showed very little resemblance to the team we had witnessed in training of late. It was 0-0 at half time but for Woburn that was largely due to Maggie.
Disappointingly the second half saw little improvement in Woburn’s performance and Leighton continued to show us how it should be done. It wasn’t long before the visiting side got the breakaway goal they deserved with Maggie at full stretch, just not quite managing to clear it though she made, as always, a valiant effort. The game was still open at this point though, Scoobs came the closest to a shot after a run down the right wing but a miskick sent the ball flying wide. Izzy continued to try and launch an attack, weaving her way around a number of opposition players but there never seemed to be a Woburn player in the right position to link with her crosses. Another unhindered assault by Leighton, secured their second with Maggie just getting a fingertip to it though not quite enough to keep it out of the net. 2-0 to Leighton.
Woburn’s fete was sealed following a great cross from the left which was beautifully converted bringing Leighton to their third and a deserved win. I have to say, it left us all feeling just a little deflated.
Girl of the Match was an easy decision today for the coaches; we only had two candidates. Izzy’s dogged determination resulted in her getting a couple of knocks during the game from which she dusted herself admirably down. She played fearlessly, consistently taking on the opposition, competing for the ball at every opportunity and looking to create chances for Woburn.
Maggie too had a fantastic game. She was under attack for much of the match and showed an unflinching level of determination and bravery to prevent the score line against the home side from being far higher than it was. Maggie is this week’s GOM. Well done !