I sense everyone may have given a little sigh this morning when no text came through saying that the match had been cancelled due to the weather but Flitwick’s pitch was in pristine condition as always. It was however extremely cold and I wonder how long it will be before we have the pleasurable sight of parents attempting aerobics on the side lines! The girls however remain unphased. Thanks to Luca for keeping the subs moving.
Woburn came out of the traps quickly, retaining possession for much of the first quarter with play largely down the left-hand side of the field. Mollie in particular was heavily involved with some great interceptions and pressing of the opposition. Unusually it took a while for Flitwick to find their rhythm and our girls took full advantage.
We looked after the ball really well, with great interchange of play between Olivia, Izzy and Kitty which frustrated the opposition. Kitty was rewarded with a goal in the latter part of the first half after a bottom right-hand corner strike, from long range, following a lovely pass from Olivia. Olivia it was good to have you back; you have been missed! 1-0.
Defensively Tayla, Scoobs, Mollie and Ruby K performed well. Dean spoke to them prior to the match about closing the gap between themselves and the midfield/attack, which they did so effectively. Flitwick have some very strong players but the girls managed to close them down which resulted in a pretty even game.
Ruby K showed a real boost of confidence which resulted in some good passing, pressing and winning a couple of battles on the wing. Scoobs and Mollie covered a lot of ground again and thwarted many attacks through perseverance. Tayla too had a great game, with the opposition rarely getting past her and it was good to hear her encouraging the other girls to push up. Tayla showed great potential for scoring with a couple of long range shots which had the parents holding their breath, but which on this occasion didn’t find the target We know it’s coming Tayla, just keep trying.
At the beginning of the second half Flitwick started the stronger with lots of possession in front of our goal. They were rewarded with a number of expertly taken corners, with Izzy managing to block a few. Freya, who had made a couple of timely clearances and confident saves in the first half, rose to the challenge and kept threatening shots clear, to keep us in the game. One left-handed save in particular springs to mind Freya; well done! Flitwick though were justly rewarded for their efforts with a deflection coming off one of our girls into the net, bringing the game to 1-1.
Charlotte came on for Izzy and battled from the off, showing great determination which on a couple of occasions won through Flitwick’s well-drilled defence. The closing stages saw Woburn with the bit between their teeth again, looking for a win. Jasmine, well placed as always, was just denied a goal with the ball bouncing unkindly for her.
It was Katie’s maiden game for the team and she showed no evidence of fear, getting stuck in in midfield against the best team in the league. Given it was her first experience of a match environment, which can be daunting, she fitted in well.
Parents’ Girl of the Match today went to Freya for an impressive opening performance to the year which kept the score line equal against a very formidable opposition. Well done!
It was a great game today with all the girls playing at their best. In training and in the warm up, we have been working on retaining possession and I really feel this showed with some lovely passing play.