This rather overcast Saturday found us at home for our last League match of the season, against Leighton. The visitors’ team had been struck down with a bug so we agreed on 7v7; Leighton with no subs.
As Dean slowly scrunched up his Excel rota sheet upon which he had been working very intently, he quickly rejigged the plans to accommodate the smaller numbers and all seemed good until we realised there was still one girl too many !
Leighton were out of the blocks quicker but Scoobs, Ruby K and Tayla held firm at the back as usual, with Katie and Olivia in midfield and Jas up front.
As the game progressed, a carefully placed corner from Kitty found Izzy and she volleyed it into the net with the outside of her right foot; 1-0.
Jas had a run at goal but on this occasion it went straight to the goalie. Later she put in a tremendous cross in front of the box to Scoobs whose boot just didn’t quite manage to connect with the ball. Charlotte too made a few storming runs up the wings and in the middle of the field but just couldn’t steer the ball beyond the Leighton defence into the goal.
Kitty struck a belting shot later in the first half which rattled the post and was instrumental again in the second goal with another corner just deflecting off the Leighton keeper, back into her own net; 2-0.
In the second half, a long ball from the Leighton defender played to the feet of their forward who struck the ball home. Leighton continued to fight on and Freya had to make the ball safe on a number of occasions.
In the last quarter Kitty, just inside the centre line, hit a high, speculative lob. Silence fell as gaping open-mouthed, we all watched the ball slowly but surely, loop towards the visitors’ goal where the keeper, who had had a great game, couldn’t quite manage to keep it out. Fantastic goal Kitty and possible goal of the season ?
Parents’ Girl of the Match today was awarded to Mollie who had a tremendous game, outrunning her opponents on many occasions. A particularly excellent run down the right wing in the second half saw her skilfully out-manoeuvre her opponent with her trademark drag-back, and stride athletically towards goal.
The girls should be congratulated on a good end to our league games for the season.
Total wins : 12 Total losses : 7 Total draws : 5 plus FA tournament win