Spring has well and truly arrived ! How nice it was to have the sun finally shining down on us today as we lined up for a 9 v 9 friendly against City Belles.
We started off brightly and within a few minutes Jaz had narrowly hit the bar after a blinding shot over the goalie from left of goal and, for a second, I thought this boded well. The Belles however had different ideas and from that point onwards, really for much of the first half, they had us on the back foot.
For whatever reason our passing play was seldom to be seen and we resorted to a period of panic kicking up the pitch which inevitably proved fruitless. The City Belles took full advantage and it wasn’t long before their first goal thundered into the back of the net. They were awarded a penalty after a handball and as we held our breath, Freya rose admirably to the challenge facing her with a spectacular double save. Well done Freya !
The Belles however, continued to dominate. Izzy battled hard throughout, trying to bring Woburn back into the game but there was very little connecting play and the Belles scored twice again, in spite of Freya continuing to make some good saves. Ruby K had a good solid performance too in this half, making some good interceptions, block tackles and passes. Scoobs too continued her running game, in spite of sporting an injury.
After some oranges and a chat, Woburn came out refreshed and started to play a slightly more controlled game for the third quarter although the opposition were still dominant. Our purple patch came really in the final quarter when there was change in formation and some great movement up pitch between Charlotte, Izzy, Kitty and Jaz. The whole team at this point were battling to try and get a goal and admirably didn’t drop their heads at all. Kitty and Jaz managed a couple more shots and Jaz demonstrated how to keep possession during a stint on the right wing although unfortunately, at that point, there was little by way of support.
In conclusion, the girls seemed to panic a bit today; at times it resembled a game of hot potato but thankfully by the closing stages we had found our passing play and determination again. City Belles were tough and skilful opposition and took a deserved win.
The parents’ Girl of the Match today was Freya for some great saves under pressure. Izzy was voted GOM by the opposition.
Tony’s even dodgier stats than usual :
Possession first half 30 – 70
Possession second half 40 – 60
Shots on target 4 –7
Shots off target 3–3
Corners 5 –8