It was a bit of a grey morning at Ridgmont today and it wasn’t long before a slight drizzle added to the deceptively chilly breeze but the girls soon warmed up as we met Kempston for the second time this season, this time for a cup game.
From the whistle, the game was on with both teams looking pretty evenly matched. Kempston were pushing hard for goal which initially our defensive line-up coped with well. Tayla took strong control of the middle while Ruby K in particular stepped up to the plate and continued to raise her game, running down any challenges, putting in some strong kicks and good passes. Ruby combined notably well with Mollie to see off any threats down the left wing. Mollie made one long run up the left, passing three Kempston players, but unfortunately there was no-one to hook up with at the end.
My dodgy stats indicated that at this point we had the greater possession but unfortunately we were unable to capitalise on this, with only one shot on goal in the first half, from Charlotte.
Nil all at half time.
Kempston always looked a threat and they secured the first goal of the game in the second half with a wide angled shot to the bottom corner, just beyond Maggie’s reach. Maggie was under pressure and again the stats show that far too many balls were getting through to her. She coped well, making nine saves in all.
Charlotte added a bit of energy to midfield which until that point had been lacking and she got one terrific shot off on goal, just denied by the post.
Kitty, battling with having been ill all week, still managed to put in a wonderful corner which the keeper just managed to get to but spilled into her own net. This got WWFC onto the score sheet and brought the score to one all.
Every time the ball was played into midfield, Kempston quickly picked it up and made an attack, demonstrating some good strong passing and confident strikes at goal. It seemed a little in the second half as though the Lionesses’ midfield had joined Izzy on her day out. We need you all present again for next week please !
It wasn’t long before Kempston sealed the match with another goal which the Lionesses sadly turned into their own net. In the closing stages, Woburn seemed to take it up a gear but it was all too late.
There were two contenders for Girl of the Match this week: Ruby K who continues to shine and Maggie. The award goes to Maggie this week as she handled the pressure admirably and kept the score line sufficiently low to have kept us in the game.
It may not have been the team’s best performance but none should feel as bad as the secretary who realised a couple of hours after we got home that the penalty spots she had marked out was about 10 feet too close to the goals. Thus she was whole-heartedly relieved that the game had not gone to penalties ! (I should point out that said secretary is also in charge of the household finances !)
‘Man’ of the Match goes to Mike for going above and beyond with disposal of something the foxes left behind the night before.
(We were requested not to take any photos today).
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