17/10/2021 BSLFC First Team vs Southampton Women

0 – 10

The scoreline tells you a lot about the game. Also, a single shot, off-target, for the hosts, tells you another.

Quite simply, we knew we had a hard time coming, and with the recent loss of 4 of our key players, there was a little dread pre-game. So 0-4 after 15 mins was the worst possible start, and that the visitors didn’t have to do anything special to score, it was easy to fear the worst.

Fast forward to the final 10 minutes of the game with another 3/4 goals coming in a final flurry when the majority of BSLFC were entirely out of gas, and there you have it—our biggest defeat in over four years. We move on.

The only thing worse than a 0-10 defeat would be for a loss in bad nature and or a failure without a lesson. Luckily we have such a strong group of personalities, all far too stubborn to give up.

After that horrid start, to get to half time 4-0 was a testament to their grit and teamwork. Defenders still accepting the ball to feet and still looking for passes. Forwards tirelessly hunting lost causes and the midfield holding shape and breaking up play with the subs eager to get on and help. All positives to leading into the tricky FA cup fixture next week.

Rory – Kitty Norman – on her tricky first-team debut wins Rory this week, partially for tripping herself up and in part for calling for a Poole Town ball.

Player of the match – Liane Folkenstern – for moments of sheer quality in her movement off the ball and desire to disrupt the opposition. Sian Tilly was a close second for a battling display in DM, fierce off the ball and calm and simple on it.

Manager’s player of the match – stand-in captain Rosie Eden – for an infectious display of running, dribbling, tackling and positivity right to the end.

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