Match Report 18/09/2022
BSLFC 4 – 1 Winchester City Flyers
We paid our respects to the late Queen Elizabeth with a minutes silence before the game kicked off today.
The similarities with our first game 2 weeks ago were striking. We faced a youthful opposition with a lot of talent, but maybe yet to settle into the women’s game. Bournemouth started well with plenty of the ball in the first phases, but Winchester looked quick on the break. Sadly, on one such break, Winchester lost a player to a painful looking ankle injury. A further injury to Bournemouth striker Hawkins meant 10 mins of stoppage had accrued with only 10 played. The game resumed more evenly, with the Winchester replacement making herself known. Lewis (aka Yeo) and Vernon are always up for such a battle and they doubled up well and limited Winchester to one real chance after some complacency – luckily the young striker hit high over the bar.
Finally a breakthrough for Bournemouth with Shaw getting in behind down the right, and playing it to poacher Brewer, with a snapshot save, she lashed the follow up top left. Bournemouth then won a series of corners through energetic work from left back Eden. Miles had a few warm up deliveries defended well, before finding that extra whip to bypass everyone and put not one but two straight in! Efficient!
Halftime, 3-0 for the second time. Can we improve on last time.
We experimented with the formation a little adding Tilly to the midfield and Asira to wide attack. But the players were sent out to maintain the attack. A few more changes this time at the back with Fowler on at CB and later Asira dropping to left back meant it was an unexpected back four arrangement. Winchester would likely be able to take advantage of the disruption, but with the safe hands of Chrippes and combatants Vernon and Davis, any major threats were managed and the defence settled quickly and largely looked comfortable. It was an uneventful 20 minutes before another breakthrough, Hughes superbly playing Miles through, who unselfishly on a hat trick played it across to brewer to tap into the gaping net. 4-0 but it’s not a game for the purists as both teams struggled to keep the ball, Sports just that bit better at winning it back higher up the pitch with the energetic Acott making an impact off the bench in her first team debut, which kept Bournemouth looking the more dangerous.
Attention started to turn to the clean sheet, Bournemouth had settled into a nice rhythm and Winchester consolidating. It was not to be. Some good Winchester play and a good chance to test our keeper saw Vernon put in what the opponent manager later described as an excellent tackle, the Referee who was better placed, paused for a long time before deciding that it was a clear penalty.
Final score 4-1
Players player went once again to Miles, 2 goals and an assist maintaining her flying start.
Managers player went also again to Brewer, 2 goals and excellent movement and work rate leading the line.
Rory went to Brewer also, we think that she may have practiced the national anthem as she was certainly ready to sing it.