Today was not only cold but wet from beginning to end so well done to both teams for competing. On a positive note, it was character building. In spite of Jen’s coat proving that snowflakes were indeed starting to fall, there were luckily no reports of hypothermia…
Kempston were quicker out of the blocks today putting us under pressure from the start. WWFC were unfortunately put under more pressure within the first few minutes when a typically brave interception by Maggie ended up with her going off the pitch early on & not returning. We await the prognosis from A&E with bated breath.
Kitty stepped up & put on the goal keeping gloves and was soon put to the test when Kempston were awarded a penalty for hand to ball. While everyone might not have been in agreement, it was poor form on our part to challenge that decision so vociferously. Fortunately, Kitty ignored the hullaballoo, remained focused and went on to save the penalty.
We were at sixes and sevens for a good chunk of the first half before we started to find our feet. Thankfully we did start to string a couple of passes together and were awarded a corner near the latter part of the 1st half. Olivia placed the ball excellently into the danger area which Charlotte managed to get a touch to. It was deflected off a Kempston defender but managed to find its way into the goal; 1-0 to the home side.
The half time whistle blew not long after and we were happy and perhaps a little bit lucky, to close that half with just one goal.
The second half continued in a similar vein with us perhaps having just a bit more of the possession and our girls starting to look the stronger team but we remained vulnerable. The cold was clearly affecting some of the girls and there were a lot of panic kicks when there was time to take a touch and then pass. Jas and Charlotte both managed a couple of shots on target and Tayla and Mollie both showed strength of character, digging deep and keeping us in the game.
GOM this week though was a unanimous decision. Kitty stepped up when needed and admirably defended the goal in Maggie’s absence. She delivered some great goal kicks quickly and accurately, closed down any long balls and displayed great anticipation, getting her foot to close threats on a couple of occasions. Well done Kitty however don’t get too comfortable because we missed you up front !
No pics today as requested by the opposition and no dodgy stats either as they would have been even dodgier than usual. There were a lot of distractions today and we all felt great concern for Maggie.