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Match Reports

09/01/2022 BSLFC vs Southampton Women Res

Match Report
BSLFC vs Southampton Women Res

We welcomed Southampton Women Res to Chapel Gate for our first game of 2022 and hoping to get back to where we left off in December with a win.

It was a different looking side to the one we faced 7 weeks ago in the away game, a couple of subs and at times very aggressive.

The opening 10 minutes were pretty uneventful, barring an early off the ball incident against Eden which the referee never saw, as both sides looked to put their respective Christmas breaks behind them.

It was to be Eden who would break the deadlock on the 11th minute though. Davies on throw duties for Vernon out on the right had her throw returned to her and put in a great cross in to the box. The Southampton GK opted to rush out at the unmarked Eden who made a quick decision and took her chance to glance a first time header past her from about 14 yds. 1-0

We were comfortable in the Southampton half without creating much as we tried to settle down. Eden got another chance on 18 after some good football played her through but she could only fire wide from an angle.

Taylor was the next in line for some off the ball treatment as she was kicked round the back of the legs by the same player involved in the first incident following a strong but fair challenge but again the ref didn’t see this and the game continued.

Yeo got herself a rare chance on the 25 minute mark when a corner was eventually laid back to her about 30 yards out but her first time finish probably looked better in her head and the ball flew harmlessly wide.

Although Clarke was merely spectating in goal, as the back 4 stayed well organised protected by the dms, she was on hand with a couple of well played clearances when the defence found themselves under a bit of pressure.

Asira was incredibly denied a penalty on the 35th minute as she was cleared out from behind in the box much to the amazement of both benches. The ref later clarified his position that although the tackle was late and from behind he didn’t feel her first touch was good enough to warrant a penalty.

It was obvious that Southampton had enough ability to get a goal especially when paired with our ability to play ourselves into trouble but thus far we had got away without and weren’t left to rue and couple of good missed chances or the referees decisions.

At HT we decided to change the shape to give Folkenstern a bit of extra support in CM and try to play a bit closer to the Southampton goal in the hope we could put the game to bed.

The second half started brightly, Southampton clearly came out with a bit more energy up top and immediately put us under more pressure but this did give Eden a chance to run into a bit space at the back. She took advantage of this on the 51st minute as she dribbled past the right back but just before she could cross the line of the box she was unceremoniously brought down from behind with a professional foul that CB Yeo was probably internally applauding herself. The ref awarded a free kick on the line of the box but had clearly forgotten his cards as once again they escaped any sanction. Lewis almost manage to apply her own sanction when it eventually fell to her in the box but despite a decent connection the GK made a great reflex catch.

Yeo then limped out for Norman to take her place at CB just before a further triple substitution to change the shape as planned at HT.

It was a little belated but Sports had a Christmas present for the opposition 5 minutes later as we punished ourselves for not taking chances. Clarke sliding out to collect a long ball couldn’t gather the ball in her arms and as it popped up it fell kindly the Southampton striker who beat the desperate attention of Norman and Davies to square for a tap in just before Vernon could get across. 1-1

It was almost 2 a minute later as this now energised striker beat Norman to a bouncing ball in the air but luckily for us got her finish wrong and put wide of the far post.

We rode the storm for a couple of minutes as the changes settled down and it was one of the changes that helped us back in front. Some great play out wide on the right by Miles saw her fire a cross low to Folkenstern who first touch killed the pace and she was able to lay a perfectly weighted ball to the on running Eden. She struck it hard at the post, it bounced back, hit the back of the diving GK and squeezed over the line for 2-1. Slightly fortunate but a well worked goal and a lead that was deserved on the balance of the game.

The other 2 subs combined for a 3rd 5 minutes later. Hughes running through midfield played a heavy ball between defenders using the outside of right foot (a pass described by the manager as terrible in real time due to the awkward nature of it) it found Mosley, who’s touch was impeccable, controlling with her right onto her left in one motion and finishing into bottom left corner without breaking stride.

Knapton almost added a bit of gloss a minute after, Eden finding her in the box but the GK made a good save low down to her right.

Folkenstern weaved her way through the opposition on 75 before finding Mosley in the box. Despite the shot being scuffed the ball was far enough into the corner to draw another good save from the GK in the bottom corner.

A superb flowing move by Sports on the 78th minute gave Eden a great chance to finish her hat trick but with too much time at her disposal she got her feet confused and barely got a shot away as it bobbled harmlessly towards the GK. It’s difficult to hold it against the stand in Captain who has been in incredible form scoring 4 and assisting 3 in our last 3 games.

There was a little bit of handbags at the end of the game as the frustrated Southampton continued to push the limits of the referees notebook to no avail and the game was swiftly finished by the ref to give us our first 3 points of 2022 as we go into 2 weeks of very difficult fixtures against the other two unbeaten teams in the league sitting 2nd and 1st.

🏅Managers player went to the tough tackling right back Abbie Vernon who had one of her best games for us in both halves of the pitch.

🏆 Players player went to Abbie who topped a list of 7 players that received votes edging out Folkenstern by a single vote.

🦁 Rory also went to Abbie to become the first player to win all 3 match day awards in the same game! Picking up a couple of votes for an almost suicidal ball across the box but mainly for trying to control a ball with her face!

12/12/2021 BSLFC Res vs Widbrook United

BSLFC Res vs Widbrook United

Hampshire Division 1

Over the years, this has always been a tricky fixture. Despite the scoreline, in the end, this was no different.

Sports took the lead after a period of good pressure, Lander narrowly over the bar from close range, Sheppard striking a free kick on the bar from a distance, and Widbrook limited to brief glimpses from slight defensive haste. The breakthrough came after nice work from Captain Curtin, playing centrally but found herself released on the left, and her cross was half-cleared into the path of Lander, who smashed the ball low into the net.

Next, a little bit of fortune after a period of good Widbrook pressure, which resulted in us needing to defend many well-delivered corners, (many landing on Symes head) which led to a long ball by Nhemachena. This through ball seemed to be misjudged by all as it slid low past the midfield and defence. The ball fell to the anticipating Thompson, who calmly (ish) drove into the box and slid the ball past the stranded Widbrook keeper.

2-0 but not comfortable, McHillier was on hand to make a brave 1v1 save to thwart the Widbrook striker who was causing us all sorts of problems. It would not be long before a bit of panicked defending led to the ball being played to an abandoned winger on the back post. The lead now halved, 2-1.

Half time.

The second half started as the first finished. Widbrook on the front foot, and Sports pinned back. If not for a masterful intervention from Orton after the striker rounded our keeper, to make a goal line save that 2-2 was certain. yet somehow we kept them out. 2-2 and I think the game could have got away from us, but the game turned on this moment, and it wasn’t too long before Lander now playing on the right, fired a ball across the box to an eager Plummer who plucked the ball out of the air and smashed it home. 3-1 and morale-sapping for the visitors. With the opposition on the ropes, it was great to see two excellent goals finished off the tie. The first was a beautiful finish from Curtin from a Plummer lay off, off the post, top bins curling effort from the edge of the box! Then a sideline defying ball from Sheppard released Knapton down the right who pinged a low ball into the near post where Lander was darting. A slide finish, ball in the net, a heap of bodies on the floor, game over, 5-1.

The players recognised the pivotal point in the game, with players’ player going to Fabio.

Manager’s player went to Daisy Thompson for an excellent display of tenacity and calmness in her hold up play.

Rory went to Lander and Thompson for a comedy body slam clash in the second half, one where I think everyone stopped for a good giggle despite the ball being live!

12/12/2021 Chichester City vs BSLFC First

Match report
Chichester Ladies vs BSLFC (League Cup)

It was our first ever game in the Southern Region League cup since we had been promoted, with a bye and an abandonment in 19/20 and no cup in 20/21.

It was down the M3 for a repeat of our 3rd league game of the season where we threw away a 2-1 lead to draw 2-2. We knew this would be close as Chichester had only tasted defeat in the league once.

It was cagey affair for the opening 5 and the first chance came our way after a miss kick by the Chichester GK fell to Eden 25 yds out but her first time effort fell a long way wide in her panic.

They quickly broke and fired across a very dangerous looking cross which Tilly managed to flick away from their striker waiting behind her.

Asira was finding some space down the right and put in a decent cross on 16 but Eden couldn’t make it at the back post. A chance then fell to Lewis after some good pressure by Brewer and Asira in the box but it was high and wide.

Asira then found Eden with a cross on 18 but Eden only managed to put it wide.

That little flurry of chances wasted was almost immediately punished. They put in a superb long ball to their striker who through 1 on 1 with Owen in no man’s land only managed to put her effort harmlessly over.

Owen then had to get down low to deny them on 21 as Yeo kicked the ground when trying to clear and they had a chance on the edge.

We were completely let off again on 23. 4attackers vs 2 defenders, the Chichester player found herself through with all the time in the world just inside the box but put it wide.

How we weren’t suddenly 2-0 down was a miracle to say the least. The game settled after this with most of the play between the two teams boxes with the midfields cancelling each other out.

Our next half chance came after some good work by Eden down the left on 32, she cut back for Brewer who laid it off for Hughes to hit it. She struck it well it enough but it was narrowly over.

Eden then had a free kick deflect narrowly wide before Owen was called on again, the ball sitting up nicely to be volleyed, she hit the target but luckily it was limited contact and Owen was able to catch it easily.

Brewer would have been through had it not been for some very close attention and a bit of holding by the CB trying to chase her back, a point that would be very relevant come in the end of the game.

Asira had a chance of a 1 on 1 foiled by the quick thinking GK who was off her line quickly and able to collect up the rebound easily.

HT 0-0 and we were lucky Chichester hadn’t brought their shooting boots.

The message was to keep concentration at the back and when we attack we need to be quicker and more direct. It was almost as though the team had listened as we started the second half very brightly.

36 seconds on the clock, Folkenstern played a ball between the CB and right back and Eden was through. The GK was quick off her line again but unable to go to ground due to being just outside the box Eden was able to divert it around her and it had enough pace to out run the defenders chasing back. 0-1

The second half was far cagier than than the first and chances were much harder to come by with neither team getting clear cut chances. A few corners for us were easily collected by the tall, confident Chichester GK.

The next real chance fell to our youngster Wetton. Making her first team debut after a successful run in the youth sides and some good performances for the reserves in recent weeks Eden pressed the defence on the 67th minute won the ball and found Wetton in space about 12 yds back, unfortunately she could only fire over.

We switched to be a bit more defensive for the final 1/4 of an hour to try to hold out while Wetton was left with the unenviable task of leading the attack on her own.

We were doing well enough to protect Owen but they did manage to wriggle through on 84 but fortunately shot straight at her.

90 minutes on the clock. They played through us, and with Yeo applying similar close attention as they did to Brewer in the first the player went down as she got a shot away. Owen made a superb save to deny them, before Norman had to make a very strong challenge to deny a goal from the rebound with Owen on the floor and then Tilly threw herself in front of the well struck rebound to block that. The sports benched admired the last ditch defending, while the Chichester bench demanded a penalty. It was tough for the ref as he was the other side and having not giving the holding in the first half in which they would have likely had to see red he was being consistent but we’ve been on the end of more obvious mistakes than this so hard not to understand the frustration.

There were 5 more minutes to survive but these passed with limited incident although they had a lot of the ball and we had won our first game in the league cup and a first victory against Chichester.

Players player Liane Folkenstern, she was superb on the ball all game and battled incredible hard in the centre.

Managers player went to Jasmine Hughes, working hard in DM to break up play with her partner in DM crime Tilly but just shaded it with her calmness on the ball to be able to involve the cms

Rory – Ayuma Asira for forgetting her shin pads, luckily the team expect this now and someone had a spare and at least it was better than shorts that she had previously forgotten 🤦🏼‍♂️

05/12/2021 Milton United vs BSLFC First

Match report
Milton United vs BSLFC

We travelled up the A34 to Oxford to face Milton for the 2nd time this season. The first time we came away with a convincing win but with injuries and illness ravaging the squad we were fortunate that the reserves opposition pulled out on us so we could take a full squad. That coupled with the fact that although Milton have found points hard to come by this season they were coming off the back of their first league win so we were taking nothing for granted.

We got off to a good start with Eden firing a dangerous cross in after 3 minutes, before Folkenstern was stopped by a superb last ditch tackle when it appeared she was through.

We had 3 corners in quick succession from that attack and Roe drew a good block by the defender on the final one.

We were winning a few corners and were dominant in the early exchanges but Milton weren’t there to make up the numbers and found themselves clear through on 11, McHillier presence was enough to make them put the chance wide before a bad clearance gave them another chance from the edge that again went harmlessly wide.

Folkenstern was a constant threat, her trickery coupled with the pace of Eden and Brewer were winning us some more corners but we didn’t make it count until just before 20 minutes. A Hughes cross was well defended and the resulting corner from Roe invited Taylor to attack it but she couldn’t reach it before Eden hit a volley that was blocked and fell to Folkenstern to take a touch and flick it in off the post. Her first goal for us in the league and a long time coming. 0-1

Lewis had a good chance to make it 2-0 2 minutes later but fired over before Roe won us corner, taken by Eden, not cleared well enough by the defender and Taylor was on hand to flick it in. 0-2

We were cruising but we don’t like things to be too easy, giving the ball away Milton found themselves through on goal but again let us off the hook and put the ball wide under pressure from McHillier.

You can only try your luck so many times though and on 28 minutes a first time clearance went wrong, fell to the Milton striker who made no mistake this time lobbing McHillier in the Sports goal to halve the deficit. 1-2

Brewers response was almost instant, through on goal and clearly taken down but the ref didn’t see it. The ball eventually found its way to Hughes whose strike was saved for a corner.

Folkenstern drew another great save from the Milton GK on 35 while Brewer tried to finish the rebound and was again thwarted.

We found a 3rd, when a Folkenstern cross was turned in by the Milton defender before Brewer could apply her own finish. 1-3 39 on the clock.

It was cold and wet and we knew the game would become more stretched as it went on with the pitch getting heavy so we just had to keep our intensity.

We started the 2nd half well enough with Mosley drawing a good save before we had a 5 minute spell of defending to do.

What looked like a rather harsh back pass decision was made after it hit Eden on the knee and went back to McHillier on 54 and while the free kick was in a very dangerous position it was fortunately fired over. Before a mix up with Tilly and Eden saw them clear through again but this time the post rescued us.

The game became a bit of a basketball match us hunting more goals and Milton throwing caution to the wind. Lander had a shot well blocked as she tried to get through before Roe drew another good save on the hour. They broke with a 4 vs 2 from the GKs hands but fired straight at McHillier for an easy catch.

It was straight down the other end for us where the ref didn’t see a very late challenge on Lander in the box following a cross.

Eden then gave Mosley an early Christmas present squaring for an open goal on the 68th minute only for us to see the reliable midfielder/striker fire over from 5yds.

Eden was having a wonderful time creating trouble down the left wing and it would be her that would finally get the ref to award a pen. She ran into the box and was quite brutally taken down by the chasing defender. Mosley was far more comfortable with the stationary ball and stroked in the pen off the inside of the left post. 1-4 73 minutes gone.

That seemed to take the life out of Milton.

Lander got through just after but couldn’t generate enough power in the finish and a minute later won us our second pen of the day with a little turn in the box and a rash challenge by the defender. Tilly stepped up this one, choosing the same side as Mosley and making it 1-5. 76 gone.

Folkenstern squared for Knapton to tuck in at the back post on the 80th for 6 before a 1-2 between Mosley and Eden put Eden through to finish from close range a minute later to make it 7.

To their credit Milton didn’t give up and would have got a 2nd had it not been for a fine last ditch tackle by Yeo before winning another tackle from the rebound.

A huge thanks to Milton United for their hospitality a warm cup of coffee on a cold day goes a long way!

Managers player went to Rosie Eden who has been all action since we signed her this season, stepping up to captain the side in Shaws injury absence and playing with a huge smile on her face.

Players player went to Liane Folkenstern another new signing that has been a revelation and it was great to finally see her get the goal her play deserves.

Rory went to Lauren Brewer mainly because I think she failed to remember Mosleys open goal disaster to defend herself in the vote but apparently the word Banana is a tough one to say.

28/11/2021 Bursledon vs BSLFC Res

Bursledon Ladies 2 vs 2 BSLFC Res (28/11/21)

After a couple of weeks of cup games it was back to league action for the reserves. With an injury crisis hitting the club over recent weeks we were lighter on options than normal. Bursledon have always been a difficult team to break down and we knew today was going to be no different with some very close results for them including a last minute 2-1 loss to us a few weeks ago.

The pitch was not the easiest to play on with a heavy slope from one end to the other, narrow and very bobbly. Any sort of football was nigh impossible especially under the added pressure from Bursledon.

Lander got half a sight at goal with 12 minutes on the clock but fired over under pressure.

Bursledon put over a dangerous cross 2 minutes later but it was well dealt with by Hillier in the Sports goal. She then had to make a great save one on one a minute later. Bursledon kept finding a way through and we were fortunate the striker had a heavy first touch allowing Sarah to collect easily when clear through. A couple of minutes later and a dangerous cross was met at the front post but the contact was insufficient to trouble Hillier again.

We hadn’t settled, couldn’t get to grips with the tough pitch and seemed to be panicked in possession.

If we did get down the other end and manage to keep it in play Bursledon defended in numbers and made it very difficult. Lander had a good chance blocked after dribbling through the box before Knapton snatched at a chance at the back post sending it over and regretting not taking the required touch.

We’d started to settle a little bit when we found our selves 1-0 down. Hillier came out to play a short pass, Bradford was dispossessed in the middle and a quick effort caught Hillier out of position and the ball floated in to the empty net from all of 30yds, despite Hilliers best efforts to recover.

It was almost 2 just before half time. Hillier dropped a low cross under pressure from the striker, the striker got a toe on it but Sims was on the line to clear. Bursledon then played a few passes to carve through our defence and Hillier had to make another good save low to her right.

HT 1-0 down but we were about to play up the hill which would hopefully stop the ball accelerating out of play every time we tried to play forward or wide. We also changed our shape to accommodate the narrow pitch and move some more players forward to apply pressure.

The response was superb, Corredera Espejo playing some great football with Curtin and Lander on the left before Lander squared the ball back to her. She took a touch inside beat a defender and finished across the GK into the far bottom corner. 1-1

This seemed to give us confidence, the change of shape and now playing up hill was helping to stop the ball run out of play allowing us to build some pressure. For 5 or so minutes it looked like we could run away with the game as we began to dominate but unfortunately we couldn’t make this count.

After the hour, Bursledon had a dangerous corner on 63 which we eventually managed to scramble clear, before a clearance bounced loose 35-40 yds out, it was hit first time by a Bursledon player and out of no where they were 2-1 up.

We tried hard to get back in to the game and the 79th minute gave us a chance. A bad challenge on Lander on the edge of the box gave Symes a chance to hit a free kick. She made a good connection but it was well saved low to the GKs left.

As with last week, a decent free kick seemed to buoy young Symes and as with last week she would soon after find the target. A throw inside by Knapton to Symes who turned and finished well from the edge of the box in to the bottom corner.

Thompson made a great run through with 3 minutes left but was denied by superb last ditch tackle by the defender and block by the GK which ended in an injury to the defender as the GK landed on her. Some how Thompson avoided this carnage as she rolled away unscathed.

Thompson got our last decent chance from a Symes corner on the final minute heading back across the goal just a touch too high and saw it land on the roof of the net with the GK scrambling back across.

With a large chunk of injury time to play it was almost Bursledon that took all three points, a rushed clearance gave them a good chance but it was blazed high over and another half chance on the 95th went harmlessly over Hilliers bar much to everyone’s relief.

A tough, cold afternoon but a overall a competitive game of football with the draw probably a fair result.

Players player
Was edged by Irene Corredera Espejo, from Demi Curtin who has been putting in some great performances recently. She had a superb game after coming off the bench and got a rare goal too.

Managers player
Went to Demi Curtin for her relentless energy.

Rory
Emily Gard almost rallied enough support to avoid Rory by reminding the squad about the crawling GK Sarah Hillier but it wasn’t quite enough as we had to stop the game 2 minutes in to give her both shin pads that she’d forgotten 🤦🏼‍♂️

28/11/2021 BSLFC First vs AFCB Dev

AFCB Devs visited us at Chapel Gate with both teams unbeaten in the league, so all expected a tight game. At halftime, the score remained 0-0, meeting expectations. However, that didn’t tell the whole story. Clarke had to make one smart save at the AFCB striker’s feet and punch away the odd lofted setpiece. While at the other end, Eden, and Brewer were threatening, while Asira and Mosely, with the two best chances of the half, and perhaps game, couldn’t beat the goalkeeper from close range. Frustrations were starting to boil. Sports played with less calmness and dominance as the game went on, and the AFCB players were happy to play long on the break.

The second half started much like the first, AFCB soaking up pressure and countering quickly. 10 mins flew by with not much threat, then a wicked cross from the right, missed at the front post, found Mosely again, who found the up for it AFCB keeper who could only block the shot towards the back post where Asira pounced to make it 1-0 against her old club. That must have felt nice!

Unfortunately, this didn’t settle the Sports players who had the better of the game, but nothing quite resembled dominance for a local derby, and it always felt that AFCB would get a goal. It eventually came by way of a long ball over our defence and the lively AFCB winger getting a rare touch in our box and then evading a tackle from the Sport’s defender who caught the leg. Not enough to topple the player, but sufficient for the Ref to award the spot-kick with little hesitation. Pen dispatched hard and high, 1-1.

What followed was a tentative display not worthy of a winner. Sports continued to have better chances, and their GK was called into swift action on a few occasions. But AFCB still carried a threat and both teams could have stolen it towards the end.

Manager’s player went to Rosie Eden for being a consistent threat
The Player’s player went to Jas Hughes for dominating a tight midfield

21/11/2021 BSLFC Reserve vs Mudeford Phoenix

Match Report
BSLFC 16 v 0 Mudeford (Hampshire Trophy)

We welcomed Mudeford to Chapel Gate for our 2nd round match of the Hampshire Trophy. The Hampshire Cups seem to throw up a few mismatches in the early rounds, our firsts being on the end of a 10-0 loss in the Senior Cup a few weeks ago a good example. On paper this looked like another, with Mudeford struggling a couple of leagues below our reserves. However, fresh from our lesson from teams in a league below us last week in the league cup and noticing that Mudeford hadn’t failed to score in any game this season we were taking nothing for granted.

We started strong and there was a good case for a penalty in the first minute as a cross from Asira hit the trailing arm of a defender. The referee wasn’t interested though.

We found out how good the opposition GK was very soon after, firstly she was out quickly to pressure Symes in to putting a one on one wide after a good ball from Plummer, a great save from a Lander 1 on 1 diving bravely at her feet, before parrying a good symes free kick over for a corner and then stopping Lander from 2yds out after the resulting corner fell to her. 5 minutes on the clock and the GK had proved her worth.

8 minutes in and we finally beat her, a very good Symes corner found Plummer deep at the back post and she confidently volleyed in from a few yds out. 1-0

Symes hammered the cross bar as she went in search of her first goal for Sports. She found it a minute later as a Curtin cross evaded Wetton and Symes was on hand with a great first time finish 16yds out. 2-0

3 and 4 quickly followed, with Plummer clearly shaking off last weeks Rory by completing her hat-trick in 16 minutes. Firstly from a great touch and through ball by Asira and then another Symes cross that was finished with an excellent glancing header.

We were awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Asira on the 17th minute and it was Wetton’s chance to get on the score sheet. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for it to come down as the ball went high down the middle. Wetton later confessed she was aiming bottom right and yet she still evaded Rory 🤷🏼‍♂️😂.

It didn’t damage her confidence though, as she followed up a great finish by Asira to make it 5 with her own powerful finish to make it 6 a minute later after some great football by the team through midfield.

Mudeford were working incredibly hard and actually created a couple of chances of their own, their tricky number 7 showed good pace and skill to evade a few challenges but couldn’t find the finish and also some good football through the middle had us chasing shadows for a while but again the the finish wasn’t there to test Owen.

Orton hit the underside of the bar and watched as it bounced away to safety on the 25th minute.

Plummer got her 4th and our 7th on the 26th after a good ball from Asira and Curtin made it 8th despite denied by another good save on her first attempt from another good Symes corner.

Asira made it 9 after winning a header from a Symes switch and chasing her own through ball.

Thompson crossed for Lander to finish from close range to make it 10-0 a few minutes before half time. Asira signed off a very strong first half performance finishing well from a good Stacy cross. 11-0 HT

It was a difficult game to watch. A full squad playing with confidence against a team that clearly had some injuries, limited subs and were low on confidence.

The instructions at half time were to be respectful to our opposition, but use this as a chance to improve on things we have been getting wrong in games over the past 6 weeks while protecting the clean sheet.

The second half saw great effort by both sides to keep the game flowing.

Some more good football by Sports eventually ended with Asira finding Symes who finished to make it 12 on the 48th minute.

Two gifts for Plummer, who seemed to be blessed, after an hour, firstly a mistake by the mudeford defender from a Bradford flick on saw her clear through to round the GK and tap in before another tap in following a great save from a powerful Lander effort. 14-0

The game was losing momentum and Mudeford had now dropped to 10 players following an earlier injury and another player now experiencing some breathing difficulties but this seemed to make them work even harder to protect their GK but when they couldn’t she was just superb. Notably a superb recovery to deny Thompson after a smart volley from a Lander cross.

Stacy put a great cross in from deep on the 70th minute for Plummer to volley in for her 7th goal of the game. 15-0

Before a clever flick from Lander, who was positioned in front the Mudeford GK, as Gard took aim with a low effort from the edge of the box made it 16 with 7 to go.

Lander won another penalty on the 89th minute after a clash with the Mudeford GK in which they both went in bravely but Lander getting to it first. Sims stepped up to try and get just her 2nd goal in over 50 games but the GK dusted herself and saved it well to deny her and save her Mum, Alison, the promised £20 a goal that they’ve had going for many years!

Ultimately it was job done by the Reserves but Mudeford had worked so hard it was difficult not to feel sympathy for them especially as we have been on the other end of these games in the past. A huge thanks to them for coming over and great to see a fair few of them in the bar afterwards.

Players player: Ayuma Asira who showed moments of absolute quality through out the game with some great touches, passes and finishes.

Managers player: Bev Symes who probably had her best game for us, creating loads of chances and beginning to play with a bit of confidence.

Rory went to Emily Gard, despite the manager having to go back home for his paperwork and Sass attracting the attention of some UFO enthusiasts with her penalty I think ultimately the team missed her the past 6 weeks while she has been gone.