Match Report. Potters Bar v Lionesses Blues
Squad: LEANNE, AMY, BRITNEY, CARRIE, RACHEL, ALICE, LIZZIE, LAUREN, AMY G, CASEY, MADISON, GEORGIE, EMILY.
Attendance: 24 – ideal conditions, great pitch wide but very short! Right next to club house & hot drinks!
After the tough clash at the Guise where we lost Jade to a nasty injury it was always going to be tough going to the Bar on their own turf!
A great game in prospect was made difficult for the home team with them only having 10 players. Lionesses were warned that this was not going to be easy. 10 players can play better than 11! The Bar were up for some revenge and therefore were very dangerous.
The travelling Lionesses having negotiated the M1 & M25 with nearly a hours drive each way, furthest away game by miles, got straight at the home team, ploughing forward at every opportunity looking to pass and move. The pitch did not help the away team as we kept over hitting the final ball on a short pitch! Not used to this it became frustrating, the final killer ball kept getting away from us. CASEY with the help of LAUREN and LIZZIE’S passes started to make some good runs down the right with some great crosses finally found AMY in the box who finished a well crafted double header off the bar ending up in the net after 9 minutes.
An own goal after another set piece got us 0-2 up , very unlucky for the home team, but good for the Lionesses.
Half time 0-2 The 4 p’s came into play Pride, Passion, Passing & Pace we needed to find them all.
All to play for, it was becoming a battle of the midfield and the pace slowed down to a shells pace but hey!! it then suited them & took us 70 mins for GEORGIE to make it 0-3, AMY pops up to make it 0-4 on 76 mins after a dead leg !
Great work at the back with BRITNEY , CARRIE, RACHEL & ALICE holding firm against the Potters formidable strike force! EMILY gave us fresh legs in the wide positions which they did not have the luxury of.
MADISON was working hard to get around the back and expose the Potters defence getting a bruised foot for her efforts.
On 86 mins GEORGIE gets her second well deserved goal 0-5, still time for RACHEL ( POM ) to run from deep and kept running to slot home a low drive passed the Bar keeper. 0-6 game over.
Well done the Squad for a performance that pushes us back to the top and gets us 3 precious points, and no serious injuries.
Thanks to AMY R for giving us cover for late injury worry LEANNE as she doubled as GK and outfield.
This one was for you Jade! for a quick as possible recovery.
Final thanks to Potters Bar for the hospitality of The Chequers pub for some hot refreshments after the game. ( The goalkeepers Mum & Dad run the pub & support the team with after match refreshments! ) A good team with a good set up.
Lino Neil , have a good course Monday night !