This Saturday it was a cold morning but a perfect pitch awaited at Wavendon School with freshly cut grass, clearly marked lines and even a hint of sunshine.
The game started pretty evenly with some intelligent link up play between Kitty & Olivia, threading through balls with quick one-twos. Kitty, who had been ill most of the week, dragged herself out of her sick bed knowing that the team was low on numbers this week with the absence of Izzy and Jazz. Thanks Kitty.
Ruby K was captain for the day and made some good clearances, making the ball safe and showing signs of improved confidence. Ruby’s long throw-ins too continued to provide the rest of the team with some good balls to run onto.
Although in the first half Woburn produced some lovely out-field play, they didn’t create much threat for Shefford’s goalie and in return our defence snuffed out pretty well all of Shefford’s attacks with some terrific defensive play by our back three.
Throughout, the team had confidence in Tayla reliably turning any attacks by Shefford into counter attacks and benefitted from her continual encouragement. Knowing that Tayla was there I felt enabled Mollie and Scoobs to launch their forays up the wings.
Mollie and Scoobs, almost gazelle-like, continued to create problems for the opposition with some great interceptive play close to our goal and both placing some lovely passes to the forwards with Scoobs lining one up for Kitty who just couldn’t find the net today. In the second half, Scoobs continued to put in some great tackles and her persistence won the ball on many occasions, even having a go at goal. The parents awarded her ‘Girl of the Match’.
Charlotte too showed increased determination in the second half battling on and almost managing to line up for a shot on goal.
Freya was back between the posts this week and didn’t put a foot wrong, keeping a clean sheet and making some well-judged saves and interceptions. She dived long and just managed to get her fingers to the ball to thwart a shot in the first half and dealt effectively with some high balls in the second. Good to have you back Freya.
Shefford had a number of corners in the second half which lead to a couple of scrambles in front of goal but our defence managed to keep the ball clear though signs of tiredness were showing due to our reduced numbers today.
Woburn continued to control most of the play with a flurry of attacks towards Shefford’s goal in the latter stages of the second half but Shefford’s defence were very effective in not allowing Woburn to get a shot off. The game ultimately ended at 0-0 which was a fair reflection of the play.
Obviously for all who were there, the environment became less pleasant following an outburst which unfortunately tarnished the game somewhat but it was admirable to see the girls on both sides not letting it distract them. Thanks to Gary for reffing and taking action to diffuse the situation so that the game could continue. Supporters on both teams applauded the teams for a well-played match.
(The highlight was perhaps seeing the head of WWFC girls’ football sliding unceremoniously into a heap at the side of the pitch which he will be relieved to know wasn’t captured on camera. Perhaps bring your studs next time Pat!).