Category: Match Reports

Match Reports

10/10/2021 BSLFC Reserves vs Rushmoor FC

The reserves welcomed Rushmoor to Chapel gate for our 4th league game of the season.

Having been involved in some very close games with Rushmoor in the season our 1st got promotion we knew it was going to be a difficult game.

However, we got off to a great start, Roe drawing a great save from the Rushmoor GK after only 4 minutes.

Some smart defending blocked another Roe attempt 2 minutes later as she volleyed a rebound goalwards.

We were dominating the game in the early exchanges with Norman marshalling the defence to good effect to stop the quick breaks and Roe and Mosley controlling attacking possession through the middle. Chances were being created regularly but none that overly threatened the Rushmoor GK.

We finally broke the deadlock at 18 minutes, Curtin crossed to Mosley, she was denied by the GK at the first attempt but was on hand to tuck in the rebound for 1-0. There was no doubt we deserved the lead but Rushmoor were dangerous on the break with considerable pace in their attack.

Mosley and Roe were regularly getting chances around the Rushmoor box but constantly under pressure they could only hit the GK. Just before the half hour mark both Mosley and Roe had good chances saved.

We were to be punished a couple of minutes later, a quick break, a quick one two, and it was 1-1. Owen doing well to get a hand on it but it hit the post and rolled across the line.

A couple of mistakes at the back for both sides almost saw the lead taken. White with a great chance for us. As we cleared a Rushmoor corner long, the player at the back misjudged the ball and white found herself clear, overly concerned about the player chasing her back and checking her shoulder she could only drag the shot wide. We then made our own mistake at the back but luckily they opted for a shot from distance and Owen was able to easily collect it.

Roe had two more good chances in first half injury time, the first hitting the GK at a tight angle and the second going wide after being put through by Dennis.

Despite dominating large periods of the game and having considerably more chances it was level. Rushmoor were making life hard at the back and were so quick when they did break they were always going to cause us problems so we knew we needed a lead.

The second half started similarly to how the first ended, us with a lot of possession but barely threatening the Rushmoor GK and Rushmoor breaking quickly and with numbers when they had the chance.

The first good chance of the half fell to Rushmoor, Norman’s clearance header hit the back of their striker and Owen had to make a superb save to keep it level from the close range volley.

This then set up a bit of basketball match for 15 minutes.

Bradford put in a superb cross from the right but Symes was only able to touch it back across goal on the stretch.

Rushmoor then broke on us but fired safely wide, then a minute later a good cross from our left gave them a header from close range which clattered Owens crossbar before bouncing to safety, although the flag was up against the striker.

Mosley found Symes on the hour mark with a great ball but she fired over.

It appeared that whichever team took their chance would likely win. It was Rushmoor, 70 mins on the clock and from our corner they won the ball before putting through their striker. There was no catching her as she ran through and calmly slotted past Owen. 1-2

The frustration of our wasted chances and the way we conceded seemed to take the wind completely out of us and 3 minutes later it was 1-3. The Rushmoor striker sprinting down the left wing before crossing to an unmarked player who fired in from 12yds.

It was frustrating but not unexpected, the players wanted to play better teams and we knew as we worked our way through the leagues the opposition would punish us more. A similar thing had happened to us the week before as well, when you’re on top you have to take your chances.

We kept working hard, and eventually we would find a way past the resolute Rushmoor defence again as White reminded everyone putting the ball out of the GKs reach is easier than trying to put her in the goal with it. Roe playing ball in to Bentley who laid it off for White and she was able to fire into the far corner on the 88th to set up a nervy finish. 2-3

We couldn’t find the final chance required and Rushmoor took all three points.

While the squad was left deflated it’s actually a credit to the team that after 2 promotions in 2 seasons we are disappointed with ourselves for dropping points against some of Hampshire 1s most experienced teams and there was plenty of positives to find in our build play.

🏆Players player went to Kitty Norman who did a superb job of marshalling the defence.

🏅Managers player went to Liana Sims for another superb defensive display.

🦁Rory went to Lucia White for checking her shoulder when through on goal instead of kicking the ball in the back of the net

10/10/2021 BSLFC First vs Woking Ladies FC

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.

HT 2-0

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.

FA CUP 03/10/2021 Shanklin Ladies vs BSLFC

After a bye in the 1st qualifying round we started our Vitality Womens FA Cup campaign with a tough away day to the Isle of Wight to face Shanklin Ladies.

The squad are no strangers to travel but that small stretch of water provides a logistical, time and cost complication like no other game.

Thankfully we have an incredibly dedicated squad and were able to take over 19 players all knowing we could only name 18 and only use 3 subs. Also the added bonus that with no Reserve game we were able take 3 coaching staff to make everyone’s life easier!

Despite the torrential weather the day before, the Shanklin pitch was in immaculate condition.

The game started in a predictable pattern, we had a lot of the ball but Shanklin were very organised across the back and their midfield stifled any attempts for us to breakthrough.

It was actually Shanklin that would get the first chance. A long crossfield ball finding their winger who crossed towards the front post. The cross was dropped by Owen with it hitting the post/bar and bouncing across the goal. The proceeding goal-line clearance by Vernon was less than convincing but luckily under very little pressure in the middle we were able to get it away for a corner.

We’re struggling to settle into a pattern of play but eventually, with 15 minutes on the clock we won a corner. It was struck well but even in the very difficult wind the Shanklin GK showed her ability by taking it high in the air and easily holding.

Miles had a decent chance on 22 but her form from last week evaded her briefly as it sailed harmlessly over.

26 minutes in and we had what looked like a harmless free kick 45 yds out in the middle of the goal. Miles had other ideas, striking the ball superbly at the Shanklin goal only to be denied by a great save with the GK tipping it on to the bar.

It was proving to be a tough game for us, Shanklin defending well and their physical approach disrupted the game so we couldn’t build any momentum. That being said we weren’t at our best, while the defence of Vernon, Yeo and Eden were able to comfortably move the ball around the back we weren’t moving enough to create space to work with up front. Benjamin and Hughes were both working hard trying to create some link up to the midfield and attack but it was proving very difficult.

Shaw almost latched on to a good through ball on the 38th minute but their GK was out quickly and dived bravely at her feet to deny the opportunity.

Both sides had great chances in injury time to take a lead in, Shanklin were first 1 minute in when a mistake at the back allowed their striker a clean run through on goal. Fortunately for us her finish was far less threatening than the run and it bounced harmlessly wide of Owens far post.

4 minutes in to injury time and it was a rare defensive mistake by Shanklin as an attempted long clearance hit the back of another of their players and presented Shaw with a good chance. The GK made a great save at her near post, before Lewis’ follow up was well blocked by the defence.

0-0 HT while in general we were comfortable Shanklin had a couple of good chances and it appeared it was going to take something very special to beat the Shanklin GK. We knew we had increase our intensity and take a few more risks to create space.

We started the 2nd half much better, Miles had a good chance after 2 minutes. Benjamin put Asira through and she cut back for Miles to have a go on her left but it sailed over.

Our best chance came on the 49th minute, Asiras pace getting in behind the Shanklin defence only to find the GK too good again, as she made another fantastic save despite Asira doing everything right.

We were beginning to get a strong hold in the game with Eden and Asira attacking well down the left and our central players now getting a bit time on the ball in the middle.

Miles had another good effort saved on the 54th minute before we started to make some changes. Parson entered the game on the 57th minute replacing the ever-willing runner Brewer out on the right.

65 minutes in a Miles had two efforts well blocked in quick succession and it appeared that our pressure was beginning to tell.

It was to be substitute Parsons who would find that moment of magic to finally beat the Shanklin GK. Brilliantly played through by Eden on one of her regular adventures forward from left-back, Parsons found herself through and finished inch perfectly into the far corner. It was a great finish especially considering it was one of Parsons first touches inside their penalty area.

Asira made way for Roe on the 73rd minute as we tried to keep the pressure on to find a second. The game was becoming a bit more difficult for the referee as he had to quickly pull yellow cards for two tackles by Shanklin and then one for Vernon who reacted to being pushed by pushing their player back while the ref was looking at her.

Shanklin managed to win a couple of corners which Shaw defended well at the front post while Owen was hand to claw another effort at her near post away, after a good backheel flick by their midfielder.

80 minutes on the clock and we finally found our second. Miles putting in a good corner to the front post for Benjamin to arrive and flick in with her head at the near post.

Shaw had a good chance 3 minutes later as Parsons crossed to her in the middle of the box but her touch was a bit heavy and went to the GK.

Lewis made way for Tilly for our final sub with 5 minutes to go as we looked to calm the game down.

Miles had another chance with 2 to go after a good ball by Roe but was once again denied by the GK.

We kept the game in the Shanklin half the best we could for the last few minutes but the defence were resolute when called upon and we were able to see it through to keep back to back clean sheets.

FT – 0-2

🦁Rory went to Abbie Vernon, there were various nominations for her but the yellow card was the ultimate one. (She was a very grumpy lion!)

🏅Players player went to Jasmine Hughes who won on a tie breaker from Benjamin as the importance of our DMs was highlighted in the votes.

🏆Managers player went to Benjamin, who while shielding the defence brilliantly also added a great headed goal when it was desperately needed.

26/09/2021 BSLFC First vs Milton United

BSLFC First Team 10 vs 0 Milton United

The first team welcomed Milton United to Chapel Gate for our first ever encounter.

Having been a bit wasteful in front of goal last week the team knew they had to take their chances if we weren’t going to run the risk of dropping more points. With the other 4 teams currently in the top 5 positions all playing each other, it was going to be a huge 3 points to move us up the league.

It didn’t take long to show that we had learned from last week, Miles scoring with our first effort of the game after 90 seconds, picking up a pass from Brewer, and finishing with what is fast becoming a trademark finish from 25yds. 1-0

7 minutes later and we trying to let Milton back in when a defensive mistake gave them a great chance but Owen was on hand to make an easy save.

Shaw then got her first chance of the game on 9 minutes, she struck it well but the gk made a great save and Brewer was unlucky not to make the follow-up in time.

It would be those two that would combine a minute later, as Brewer put the ball through to a perfectly timed run of Shaw who demonstrated her own trademark as she slid in and knocked the ball passed the out rushing GK.

2-0 with 10 minutes on the clock.

Shaw quickly made it it 3-0 2 minutes later this time Folkenstern playing her through.

Brewer had a good chance in the 24th minute when Folkenstern should have shot but opted to feed Brewer who saw her good effort well saved and the defender narrowly beating her to the rebound.

Miles added her second of the game on the 34th minute receiving the ball from Yeo before turning and finishing well from 25yds again.

She then completed her hat-trick 3 minutes later with an almost identical goal, receiving the ball from Hughes before completing her party (hat) trick and making it 5-0.

Hughes and Shaw then both tested the Milton United GK some more before a combination of good goalkeeping and defence denied Miles, Asira and Shaw in quick succession before half time.

HT 5-0 and we were playing some of the best football we have played. Benjamin and Hughes freeing up our attacking players to go and enjoy themselves.

Having looked defeated at the end of the first half Milton United came out with a renewed vigour in the second. They appeared to have changed their shape and their early energy almost caught us out. Luckily Hillier was on hand to take a good cross before any danger came of it.

We were able to absorb the quick start and settled after about 5 minutes with Curtin hitting the GK with a decent chance before Lewis almost scored with her second touch, chesting the ball down on the edge of the box before getting her volley a little wrong and sending it harmlessly wide.

That range finder worked out well for her 3 minutes later though as Shaw put through Lewis to make it 6-0 on the 56th.

Lewis then returned the favour to Shaw 2 minutes later but the chance was well blocked, before Miles was off down the right-wing and found Shaw with a cross who was able to take a touch and finish from close range 7-0 and Shaws hat-trick complete.

We were playing very well, limiting Milton Uniteds attack with some great organisation at the back and through the DMs and attacking with purpose.

We made it 8-0 on the 73rd minute when Yeo played a long ball forward from the back, Lewis was there to take a touch as it came out of the air which would have given Brewer an open goal had it not been for it hitting the defending chasing back and going in.

Yeo had clearly saved some energy for the last period of the game and a minute later went on a little adventure from the back, before finding Lewis with a good pass who in turn found Shaw for her 4th of the game and our 9th.

While Miles and Shaw were enjoying the goals, Brewer seemed to be having one of those days, she beat 3 players and rounded the GK before hitting a great shot only to see it blocked on the line by a defender.

Hughes then almost caught the GK out on the 78th minute with a long-range effort but she made another good save, tipping it over.

Folkenstern had a good effort blocked on the 80th minute before Brewer finally got her elusive goal in the 84th. Folkenstern sending the ball out wide for Miles who fired in a low cross for Brewer to run onto and finish from close range. 10-0

We kept the pressure on but to their credit Milton United did not give up, blocking two more attempts on the line to stop us adding to the score line.

It was a superb performance by us but credit to our opposition who had worked hard and kept the game honest till the end.

🏆Player of the match went to Rosie Eden who was still a constant threat going forward, despite playing a different position at the back for us, while stifling the pace of the Milton United forward.

🏅Managers player also went to Rosie who was in a long line of potential candidates.

🦁 Rory votes were split between Liane Folkenstern and Hollie Shaw who managed to clatter each other during an attack in the first half with the latter Shaw coming out on top to take a rare Rory win.

26/09/2021 Alton Ladies vs BSLFC Reserves

On Sunday our reserves travelled up to Alton Ladies FC for their 3rd league game of the season. We were hoping to get back to winning ways after last week’s narrow loss.

The game started very cagily with both teams giving up possession as quickly as they got it in the early stages. Despite the scrappy nature of the opening exchanges chances did come. On ten minutes Gard made a well measured pass, which got Lander in behind the home defence. Their centre back recovered to bundle her over in the box, but the referee saw nothing wrong and waved play on.

A couple of minutes later a foul for the home team in the corner resulted in a free kick, which was delivered well into our box. A small scramble in our goal mouth resulted with Sims clearing excellently from just in front of the goal line.

The next half chance fell our way on 17 minutes. Another good delivery, this time from Roe down our right, eluded their ‘keeper but was well cleared by a defender at the far post, just in front of the onrushing Bentley. Our midfield started to settle after this, but the game was fairly evenly poised.

On 26 minutes a defensive free kick from the home team was picked off in midfield, with Roe playing Lander in behind their back line again. This time there was no catching her and she slotted in cooley 1 on 1 to break the deadlock. 0-1 BSFC.

The home team were not cowed and got at our back line, with Norman called into action with an excellent last ditch tackle just before the half hour mark. Another chance a couple of minutes later was dealt with equally well by Norman with Sims finishing the job to snuff out the danger.

Both teams had good sights of goal before the break, ours falling to Parsons and theirs falling to their very lively no. 8. Both chances ended up safely in the goal keepers hands and these were the last of the half.

HT 0-1

The second half started a lot more frenetically than the first and within two minutes an attack from the home team broke down with a lot of their players committed forward. This gave us a chance to counter and we broke quickly with Parsons feeding Thompson who, in turn, played White in. The last defender managed to make back the ground on White forcing her wide, but White managed to slip round her to finish well for two nil. 0-2

White, again, got in behind and forced a corner, which came to nothing, and was denied another run at goal by a very tight offside decision. Roe had a couple of sights of goal, firing over after great work from Taylor to square the ball to her in the box and slicing just wide after cutting into the box well from a throw in by the left corner flag.

Another breakthrough came on 73 minutes when Parsons’ mazey run down the left saw her beat a defender, before cutting inside another to be taken down inside the box. The resulting penalty was calmly dispatched into the bottom right corner by Taylor for three nil. 0-3.

We now had a good hold of the game with our midfield of Taylor, Roe, Gard and De Angelis starting to dictate the pace and the home team seeming to begin to tire a bit. An exchange of good chances just after 75 minutes saw a corner for us fall invitingly to Weeks, who couldn’t keep her effort down, before Brett made a good save at their near post after the Alton winger had got in down our left.

With the clock running down Roe produced another lovely through ball to Lander who beat their ‘keeper to it to poke home her second of the game 0-4.

Roe was involved again as she put some polish on the result, cutting in from the right hand side of the box to finish at the near post as the game ticked into stoppage time 0-5.

A good performance across the team in a, sometimes, feisty encounter saw us take the win and three points. Particular praise must go to De Angelis for an outstanding first half performance in the middle of the park. Lander for her runs in behind and goals, Roe and Talyor for excellently controlling the pace in midfield and creating chances, Parsons for excellent hold-up play and Norman with a very assured performance at centre back.

The reserves have a week off this Sunday, and will head to the Isle of Wight to support the first team in the FA CUP, and they will return to league action on the 10th of October at home to Rushmoor Community Women.

Player’s Player went to Kiera De Angelis.

Manager’s Player went to Lindsey Roe

Rory went to manager Vincent Marmion

19/09/2021 BSLFC Res vs Winchester City Flyers Res

We welcomed Winchester City Flyers Res to Chapel for our second game in Division 1. Although we came through the first game last week with a win it had flagged up some defensive frailties which was something we knew we would need to resolve having played a lot of this Winchester team in an early preseason.

We got off to a good start, and within 2 minutes Lander had a clear sight at goal but could only hit it straight at the Winchester GK. We’d settled well and for the first 5 minutes were comfortable spending the majority of it in the Winchester half.

Unfortunately, a mistake with an over-hit pass back on 6 minutes by De Angelis left Gard with no chance against the pace of the very powerful Winchester striker and she went through and executed an exquisite finish over Clarke’s head in the Sports goal. 0-1

As with last week the response was almost instant. It was fitting that the young De Angelis was involved, winning the ball and playing it forward to one of the 3 debutants, Lindsay Roe, who turned and smashed it top corner from 25yds out. 1-1

The game was now far more open, the direct nature of Winchester coupled with their pace seemed to panic us and mistakes started to creep in, but the quality of our midfielders and tenacity of Lander up top created chances for us.

Clarke made a superb save on 16 to keep us level before Roe was unlucky not to add her second when a glancing header bounced agonisingly wide just after 20 minutes.

We then got a little slice of luck on the 26th min as a huge goal kick from Winchester found their striker again who ran through one on one, Clarke rushed out to force the shot from distance but despite being completely beaten by the lobbed effort it bounced in the area before hitting the front of the bar and back into her, rather grateful, grasp.

That let off seemed to spark us into life, as Roe forced a great save from the gk winning us a corner. The resulting corner then gave us a few more chances that were first saved then blocked before Symes couldn’t get the touch required on the line to add a debut goal.

We found ourselves behind again on the 36th minute, giving their midfielder far too much time she unleashed a great effort to the far top corner from all of 35yds. 1-2

It was still an open game and when Gard abandoned her post at CB and went on a little adventure she was able to play a perfectly weighted through to Lander who hit her shot first time as the GK rushed out, it hit the goalkeepers shoulder but had enough power to continue goalwards and with both Lander and the defender chasing it, it eventually rolled over the line to make it 2-2 with 2 minutes of the half to play.

HT 2-2

We brought on Norman for her first game in Bournemouth Sports colours having joined us this week.

We started the second half well and were creating chances but unfortunately couldn’t find a way past their defence or GK.

On the hour mark we had a couple of great chances but both were well blocked.

Despite a very good 20 minutes they almost had the lead again after 68. Clarke rushed a goal kick and fell to a Winchester player on the edge of our box. Luckily Clarke was sharp and the shot was straight at her and she was able to catch it easily. It was another warning though that despite creating a lot of chances, we were vulnerable if we didn’t take them.

Taylor had a superb shot from the edge of the box saved by the GKs feet 5 minutes later and it appeared to be one of those games.

Inevitably we were to be punished for not taking our chances and our luck had run out, they broke quickly from our corner, went down the right, fed it to the striker wide, who ran in behind and delivered a great cross to the back post to her unmarked team mate. Clarke got hands to it somehow but couldn’t collect it and eventually itfell into the back of the net as she scrambled to recover it. 10 minutes to go 2-3.

We pushed to get an equaliser but Winchester weren’t as generous as us with the clear cut chances.

There was then a huge decision by the referee to deny us a blatant penalty on the 91st minute. Lander turned in the box and as the Winchester player put her leg across her she went over. It was clumsy not malicious and Lander was going away from goal but it was clear. The referee was unmoved by the protests, and the Winchester manager even admitted he was relieved as there could have been no complaints had it been given.

It was a shame that we didn’t get the chance to potentially take a point that was probably fair but ultimately we had enough chances not to leave it down to that. Referees are human and make mistakes and while in the heat of the moment the manager gave him a hard time he appreciated him taking the time to describe how he viewed it. Let’s hope they balance out over the season 🙂

So we finally got the first ever league loss out of the way after 26 games across 3 seasons and 3 divisions since the reserves were created but not something we overly enjoyed so will look to bounce back as soon as possible.

Players player of the match: Lindsay Roe who worked tirelessly all game and added quality throughout the game, especially with her goal.

Managers player of the match: Lindsay Roe who had a great debut and picked up opposition player of the match too.

Rory: Hollie Bentley for confusing the Duracel Bunny for the much lesser-known Durex Bunny when telling us how Rebecca Knapton just keeps running.

19/09/2021 BSLFC First vs Chichester City Women

We travelled up the M27 to West Sussex to play Chichester City Women F.C. This was Chichesters first game in this division and the first time we have ever encountered them so we were unsure what to expect.

After a fairly even opening 5 minutes, an unfortunate touch by our defence and a perfectly timed run from the Chichester winger saw her get behind our defence and finish well past Owen to the bottom corner for the first goal of the game after 7 minutes (1-0).

After this, we settled into our rhythm and started to play our football. Probing through balls were getting us down both flanks with tireless overlapping from Eden on the left and Brewer on the right. Their goalkeeper, playing mostly as a sweeper, was also called into action on many occasions when we went through the middle behind their defence to collect the oncoming ball. We chased everything but couldn’t quite get there before it was in the safe hands of the GK. However, on 25 mins, after a beautifully weighted ball from Lonnen-Miles, Brewer finally won the race to poke past the onrushing keeper for a well-deserved equaliser (1-1).

After this we had a good period of control and continued to move their defence around with patient and composed passing across the pitch.

The high position of their goalkeeper was inviting long shots and Benjamin and Lonnen-Miles both saw good efforts well saved by the far busier of the two keepers. Shaw had a couple of sights of goal and managed to get in a trademark sliding effort during a period where the game was being played at our tempo.

On 36 minutes another run behind onto an excellent through ball, saw Folkenstern bundled over on the edge of the box. Lonnen-Miles stepped up to put away the resulting free-kick with a lovely finish in the top of the net. (2-1). The rest of the half played out at our pace, but with no further big chances.

HT 2-1.

Our levels dropped off in the second half and Chichester seized the opportunity to swing the momentum of the game in their favour after the opening exchanges.

Despite this, we had the better chances early on with Shaw smacking the underside of the crossbar only to see the ball rebound in front of the line. We continued to make inroads down both flanks with Eden, now playing higher up the pitch, getting to their goal line on a few occasions, but unfortunately, no resulting goals.

Despite a good chance for Brewer at the front post, the open nature of the game meant a goal for either side was equally likely. Sadly, for us, that goal came for the home team on the 70th minute. They finally broke the resolve of our stoic defence, which was brilliantly marshalled by Yeo, and a good finish made it 2-2. This is how it stayed as the game ebbed and flowed, but ultimately lacked the quality of the first half.

It always feels like 2 points dropped rather than 1 gained when you are ahead, but ultimately we can have no complaints about an away draw against a very well organised Chichester side. We head into game week 4 still unbeaten!

Player of the match: Becky Yeo for a solid back-line playing just her first game at CB for the first team.

Managers player of the match: Jasmine Hughes who impressed throughout.

Rory: Lauren Brewer who having just driven 90 minutes up the M27 questioned whether Chichester have just been promoted from the Dorset League.

12/09/2021 BSLFC Firsts vs Eversley & California

BSLFC First 3 – 0 Eversley & California Ladies

The first team travelled up the M3 for their second league game yesterday against newly-promoted Eversley & California Ladies. The reserves had recently played Eversley in a cup final back in May, so we knew we needed to turn up to get the points.

The game started hectic from both sides, with both defences being called upon to stifle any attacks. Vernon, Davies and Yeo, playing behind Benjamin and Lewis were up to the task so that anything getting through to the assured Clarke were half chances and a little speculative.

We generated some great opportunities throughout the first half with some good footwork through the midfield between Lewis, Lonnen-Miles, Benjamin, Shaw and Stocker. Shaw hit the post, Eden hit the post, Folkenstern hit the post, Benjamin had a fantastic header cleared from the line, Lonnen-Miles through 1 on 1, forcing the Eversley GK to make a great save down to the left to push it wide. It seemed we would have to work extra hard to put the ball in the back of the net.

Finally at the 25 minute mark Lonnen-Miles put a great corner in landing on top of the GK, who misjudged her catch, dropping the ball to a waiting Brewer who was able to tap the ball in 1-0.

Clarke, Vernon, Davies and Yeo at the back continued to fend off the quick Eversley counter attacks to see us through to HT. 1-0.

We started the second half much better and kept the ball moving, from one side to the other looking for a way through the deepening line of the Eversley defence.

Some strict offsides from the linesman meant playing through balls down the middle was difficult and attacking out wide was the easiest way forward.

50 minutes in, Lonnen-Miles had had enough of trying to break through the 10 Eversley players and about 35 yards out, from a great Folkenstern pass, decided to turn and hit a strong left-foot shot, which surprised many by slotting into the bottom corner of the goal. 2-0.

There were a little flurry of chances for the home team, with a good cross from the right tipped towards the back post by the back-peddling Clarke, but Asira came to the rescue with a calm goal line clearance under pressure. It was a good reminder that teams don’t give you points in this league. We were a little shaky, but this was a new back line and GK combo, so to be expected. Perhaps less expected was GK Clarke, largely comfortable, not hesitating to challenge herself and get a save on the camera when she got the opportunity and passed the ball out to the oncoming Eversley striker. Luckily, Clarke is an excellent shotstopper and was able to make a smart save of the resulting shot to keep the clean sheet. No harm done.

We continued dominant in the second half. Some great football from the defence through the midfield allowed us to keep creating chances. A great run from Eden down the left side, cut in and saw her shot fall marginally past the right post. A cut back to the edge of the box to Hughes saw her hit a wild shot high and wide. A great ball through to Shaw from Brewer saw the keeper make a great save as she parried the ball into the air and managed to catch it over her head before it fell into the net. Lonnen-Miles continued some great shots from distance to keep the Eversley defence on their toes. Asira and Hughes worked well down the right-hand side to create chances but the Eversley defence worked in packs to make it difficult to breakthrough. A pullback from Lewis to Shaw saw Shaw hit the ball over the crossbar.

70 minutes and despite spending the majority of the game in the Eversley half, we couldn’t seem to find the net. Finally, a short corner between Eden and Lonnen-Miles led to a great cross into the box to find a Tilly head waiting to guide the ball into the net. 3-0

Folkenstern also managed to put the ball in the net shortly after from a Shaw square ball, but the linesman flagged them offside.

The defence worked hard to keep any attacking threats out, played the ball calmly along the backline and allowed us to maintain our dominant performance. A great team effort.

Thanks to Eversley and California for being gracious hosts and playing the game in good spirits. Best of luck in future games, and we look forward to hosting you on the south coast.

Player of the match: Becky Yeo

Managers Player: Rosie Eden

Rory: Becky Yeo

12/09/2021 BSLFC Res vs US Portsmouth

We welcomed US Portsmouth to Chapel Gate to begin our Reserves Hampshire Division 1 campaign.

US Portsmouth are actually the only team to have beaten us inside 90 minutes in a competitive game since the reserves started in 19/20 when we met them in the Hampshire cup semi-final and they were a division above us. It didn’t take long for the Reserves to get a swift reminder this was no longer Division 2 or 3.

50 seconds on the clock and we were 0-1 down. A through ball found their striker who got to the ball before Owen and finished well.

One thing this team has is resilience, they didn’t panic, concentrated on the game at hand and after a shaky first 10 minutes settled into the game. It was the ever reliable Lander that would bring us level on 13 minutes, following up a well saved Curtin effort. 1-1

Knapton then found herself with a good chance on 18 when Lander found her with a good pass but with time on her side she didn’t catch the shot as she would have wished.

We didn’t wait long to take the lead though, De Angelis, making her competitive debut in senior football, won the ball in the air from a USP goal kick on the 19th minute, Lander dummied the ball in to Mosleys path and she made no mistake with the finish. 2-1

Mosley almost got her second a minute later when she was played through again but the USP GK was quick off her line and saved Mosleys attempted lob.

Taylor then put Curtin through on the 22nd minute and she opened her account for the 21/22 season with a good finish to make it 3-1

We were beginning to get on top in the game but US Portsmouth weren’t about to let us have it all our own way and a couple of mistakes later they were level. First a misjudged cross along the ground found its way in at the back post on the 34th minute and less than a minute later a misplaced pass from the back went straight to USP who lobbed Owen from 30 yds out. 3-3

The reaction was instant a minute later we had the lead again, Curtin putting Mosley through who made another superb finish to make it 4-3.

We could have taken a bigger lead in at half time had it not been for the USP GK. She made a superb save to deny Mosleys hat-trick on the 44th minute tipping a powerful effort on to the bar before White hit the post from a tight angle on the rebound. Then 2 minutes into injury time denied Knapton a rare headed goal from point blank after a great Taylor corner.

We were attacking well but defensive mistakes were costing us and it felt that 1 goal in front was never going to be enough. If we thought the first half started badly, the second half was even worse. 20 seconds on the clock and it was 4-4.

Gard, in two minds if she should pass the ball or clear after controlling it on the edge of our box, was tackled before she could decide and they made no mistake clear through.

However, as with the 3-3 equaliser the reaction was instant, Mosley capitalising on a poor clearance and lobbed the Gk from 25 yds out to give us the lead and her a hat trick on the 47th minute 5-4.

Parsons was on for her competitive debut for us and found herself through one on one just before the hour but the GK made another superb save and then saved from point blank range again from the resulting corner. Parsons tenacity was causing problems up top and when she was pulled down 40yds out 65 minutes in Taylor stepped up with one thing on her mind. A decent attempt from 20yds out in the first half gave her the confidence to have a another go and she put it in the top corner, giving the Gk no chance, to make it 6-4.

Parsons wasn’t to be denied for much longer though, 67 minutes on the clock, Knapton volleyed their goal kick back to towards their goal and Parsons ran through to finish very well with a first time effort across the GK into the far corner to give her a debut goal. 7-4

While the score was looking a bit safer, US Portsmouth were still causing us problems. Owen had to make a smart save on the 70th to maintain our 3 goal lead. We then had a let off on the 78th when the ball went through Gard at the back, they ran through but could only fire wide under pressure from Owen. We then lost Wetton to an ankle injury. The young player was also making her competitive debut into women’s football but as she twisted her ankle went from under her. After some lengthy treatment on the sidelines she went off to Poole Hospital, thankfully it wasn’t as bad as first feared and we should see her back in 3/4 weeks. Get well soon Saskia 🙏🏻

We kept working hard, another debutant, Dennis was having a great time battling in the middle and was unlucky to not get herself an assist after a great bit of work in the middle. The game came to a close but there was just enough time for one more chance for them, through one on one Owen made herself big and they fired over to finish 7-4.

A great start to what is going to be a competitive season for our Reserves.

Player of the match: Charlotte Taylor

Managers Player: Kiera De Angelis

Rory: Emily Gard

05/09/2021 – BSLFC Firsts vs New Milton

BSLFC 4 – 4 New Milton

We welcomed New Milton to Chapel Gate for the first competitive game for our first team in 10 months.

A tough preseason had prepared us well for the season but with 7 debutants it was always going to mean we would need time to settle into the season.

The opening 10 minutes were pretty un-eventful as both teams just got a feel for the game.

The action didn’t take long though, on 12 minutes Davies was unable to get out of the way of the strikers feet as she crossed her path in the box, clipping her ankle. The ref played the advantage as she stayed up, she cut back inside but after she hit the side netting with her shot from 6yds the ref decided to go back for the pen. Owen was in goal for her competitive debut with us at Sports, she guessed the right way but couldn’t quite get to the very well struck pen. 0-1

It took all of two minutes for New Milton to double their lead after pressing our midfield and winning the ball, they took a touch outside Tilly at the back, also on her competitive debut for us, and finished across Owen before she could get her feet set from the edge of the box. 0-2

We looked shaky, we hadn’t settled, we hadn’t had a chance and we were being pressed at every opportunity.

However, going 2 down seems to be the score we turn up to, and on 18 minutes we showed what we could do going forward as Miles, on her debut, hit the bar from 20yds out and then a good volley from the rebound was blocked by the New Milton defender.

5 minutes later and Brewer found herself through one on one after a New Milton goal kick that rebounded from Shaws head, but was thwarted by the GK before getting her shot away and follow ups from Hughes, and Knapps, both making first team debuts, were well defended. Despite us appearing to get a foothold back in the game and winning a considerable amount of corners it was New Milton that were to score next to make it 0-3 just before the half hour mark. A long ball down the left, she beat Davies out wide and then finished very well across Owen.

Our response was almost instant, 30 minutes on the clock and it was a case of practice makes perfect on the corner front. Miles delivering another good corner and this time Benjamin nodding in from close range despite their GKs best efforts to keep it out. 1-3

The goal seemed to lift the team and was followed by many intense attacks by sports.

Knapps drew a great save from the GK on 38 who tipped it wide, before a dangerous Miles cross was almost met by, another debutant, Eden, a yard out. A couple of minutes later it was Folkensterns chance, playing her first competitive game for us, she narrowly fired over. The Red Arrows disturbed a Miles corner on the 43rd minute as her lack of ability to hear seemed to stop her legs working properly and she scuffed the ball off the pitch. Despite 15 minutes of pressure from us we were very fortunate not to concede in added time. New Milton pressed Owen on a back pass and although they won the ball only managed to put the ball wide.

Having not got over the shock of that let off we decided to give them another good chance, losing the ball 25yds out they were through on goal but this time fired over. Despite leading the corner count 10-0, having some great chances we came in 3-1 down at half time and I think slightly relieved it wasn’t 4 or 5 following the final 2 minutes of the half.

The mood in the changing room was one of frustration having put ourselves in this position but positive this game was not out of reach. We knew a quick goal in the second half would rock the young New Milton side and for what we lack in youth we make up for in enough experience to know anything can happen in football.

The managers wish was met within 90 seconds of the start. A quick Folkenstern free kick down the line, found Miles, who beat the New Milton defence, cut inside and laid the ball off for a simple tap in for Eden to make it 2-3 and we had a game on.

A minute later Folkenstern hit the outside of the post from an Eden cut back.

51 minutes we found ourselves 3 on 1 attacking the New Milton goal, the cross was met by a defender who drew a superb reaction save from the New Milton GK and unfortunately Eden couldn’t organise her feet quick enough to take a tap in.

Captain Shaw found herself with space to shoot on the edge of the after Eden cut the ball back to her but despite a prolific preseason couldn’t find the finish and the ball went over. Luckily our equaliser wasn’t going to be denied for long but it was a bit of vision and creativity from Miles on the 62nd minute that would get it. Picking the ball up from Eden about 35 yds out she spotted the GK off her line and expertly dispatched an effort over the GK and into the net. 3-3

It was the very least we deserved for the attacking play we had shown from the start of the half. We continued to press to get ourselves in front and complete the recovery from our early mistakes and were very unlucky not to take the lead, Eden saw an effort deflected just wide, before Lewis found herself with plenty of time 12 yards out but could only fire agonisingly wide.

New Milton seemed to have little answer to our attacks but defended resolutely throwing everything in front of our chances while at the other end Owen found herself a mere spectator as our defence swept up the desperate clearances. The 83rd minute gave Brewer another superb chance as she found herself through 1 on 1 again from a clever through ball from Shaw but couldn’t get her shot away before the New Milton GK was out to cover it. We were to be punished for not taking these chances, completely against the run of play New Milton stunned us on the 85th minute. A very rare foray into our half with numbers led to a cross come shot from out-wide and gave Owen no chance as it sailed over her head and in at the back post. 3-4

It was probably un-deserved but we had been warned with their 3rd goal that they can attack at speed and have the ability to finish well.

Rather than let that get to them, the team continued with the plan, keep it simple, keep the ball moving and work hard to create chances and it didn’t take long to find parity. Folkenstern played the ball to Shaw who made no mistake this time rolling the ball easily into the corner. It set up a grandstand finish and with multiple stoppages due to cramp within the young New Milton team through the half we knew there would be a few chances.

A corner to New Milton in the last minute of normal time gave us a scare but it was well cleared and set up a break for Eden but she was well marshalled out by the New Milton defence. The last few minutes didn’t seem to bring any clear cut chances as both sides seem to accept the draw was probably fair over the 90 minute performances, especially from our side as giving the opposition a 3-0 head start is never a good idea in our league.

Player of the match: Jasmine Hughes

Managers Player: Liane Folkenstern

Rory: Abbie Vernon