A double home week for both teams saw the firsts entertaining newly promoted Woking this Sunday. A bright start saw us open the scoring after just 9 minutes as Lewis played Shaw into the right side of the box, where she finished well past the approaching keeper (1-0 Sports).
The game then settled into a pattern of comfortable control for us without being as dangerous as we might be. Chances were still coming though, with Brewer firing over the top corner and Asira hitting straight at the keeper after a short corner and Hughes and Miles (after chasing down a hopeful long ball) doing the same. Their keeper was extremely busy, but was proving the equal of everything that we threw at her.
We lost Shaw after 25 minutes to a knee injury, her replacement Tilly, slotted in nicely to the middle to keep the attack going.
The breakthrough came just before the end of the half as Lewis got Miles in, again on our right for her to lash home.
The second half started brightly, as well, with a sighter from distance from Tilly after just a minute, a little glimpse of what was to come. Their keeper continued her form from the first half with excellent saves, firstly from Benjamin from distance towards the top right corner, then from Miles at her near post after a great run and pull back from Eden down the left.
Our own Clarke was called into action on a couple of occasions fielding two efforts from distance very well in between our chances.
There was nothing the keeper could do though, when, on 58 mins, a good move from right to left saw Brewer play a square ball for Knapton to roll into the open net for 3-0.
Benjamin saw a header go wide from a corner five minutes later and a Miles half volley went the same way soon after. Miles, again, tested their resolve with a lob that was clawed away as the keeper back-tracked well.
On 72 minutes Woking got in behind us for the first time only to see the resulting one on one saved well by Clarke.
Just three minutes later the points were seemingly safe, as Hughes played a well-weighted ball, which was left by Miles, to be finished well by Brewer on the right. 75 mins – 4-0.
A couple of chances came and went to put more of a gloss on the scoreline with Asira squaring to Knapton, but a last ditch tackle denying her and a lovely through ball from TIlly ultimately coming to nothing.
The final flourish did come on 84 minutes and was well worth the wait! A lovely flowing move resulted in Taylor pulling the ball back for Tilly to finish sublimely from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner. Miles had time to be denied, once more, with another excellent save just before the final whistle.
FT 5-0 and probably a fair reflection of our dominance.
Both teams are in cup action next Sunday for another home doubleheader at Chapel Gate
Player’s player went to Stacey Lewis for tireless running in the middle.
Rory went to Rebecca Knapton for getting changed into different kits multiple times at Chapel Gate and then having to cycle home in one of them
Manager’s Player went to Becky Miles for her all round excellent performance throughout the match.