Ladies team become giant killers!
Ladies Team knock out 1 division higher Enfield Town Reserves in nailbiting game going all the way to penalties
With the Christmas break fast approaching, Sunday Hampton Ladies traveled over to North London to play Enfield Town Reserves in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy. With the Beavers sitting top of Division Two South and Enfield sitting fourth in Division 1, Hampton knew this was going to be a tough game, one which would test them, but would also give an insight into what they would face should they top the table at the end of the season and be promoted.
After the minibus journey to North London the game started fast paced with neither team creating many chances within the first 20minutes. The boggy pitch was proving difficult for the Beavers to play to ball along the floor however the break came on the 32nd minute when April Riley took a run down the left wing and put a cross into the box to find Katie Foster who got a flick on it to send it past the keeper at the back post and into the back of the net. The Beavers didn’t have to wait long for their second when a throw in from Becky Payne just past the half way line made its way to Katie Foster’s feet who made her way into the box, with the Enfield keeper closing the ball down Kate turned past the last defender and struck the ball which found the top left corner putting the score line at 2-0 with 37mintes played. This then started the Enfield comeback with the Hampton back four pushed to their limits, Enfield managed to score two goals in quick succession putting the score line at 2-2 at the half time break.
The second half of the game was equally as tough with both teams creating opportunities, chances for Louise Clarke and Bianca Underhill were equally met by the Enfield back four and keeper. The Enfield pressure on the Hampton back four was met by some excellent defending from the back four; Becky Payne, Emily Hogg, Louise Harris and Kim Duffin, as well as some brilliant saves from keeper Emma Marlow. With the 2nd half being a stale mate the 90minutes finished 2-2 taking the game to extra time.
Having some slight Déjà vu of the Tower Hamlet’s game 3 weeks ago, Hampton went 3-2 down in extra time from some strong Enfield attack. This was not to discourage the Beavers and much like the game 3 weeks ago the team showed tremendous team spirit and managed to bring the score line level with only 6minutes left of extra time. A solo run from Louise Clarke put her into the Enfield box, taking on a number of defenders Louise put in a low cross which was equally met by Katie Foster to slot the ball past the helpless keeper. Extra time finished with the score at 3-3 taking it to the Beavers second penalty shoot-out in 3 weeks.
Captain Lisa Traynor stepped up to win the coin toss choosing to take the second penalty so up stepped the Enfield penalty taker to face Emma Marlow. Enfield scored their first two penalties which were equally met by Hampton penalties from April Riley and Katie Foster. The third Enfield penalty was met by a great save to Emma’s left hand side. Up stepped Louise Clarke to slot the ball to the keepers left hand side putting the score at 3-2 to Hampton. Enfield’s number 16 was up next to take her penalty but was once again met by a save from Emma Marlow. Bianca was up next but unfortunately failed to get that winning penalty. With Enfield scoring their next penalty the score was 3-3 with Lisa Traynor to take the last remaining pen. The confident captain put the ball to the keepers left forcing a save which was not strong enough and found the back of the net. The penalties finished with a 4-3 win to Hampton.
The ladies team are fast becoming a highly developed successful team beating Enfield in another penalty shoot-out this season. They will face Colne Valley in the next round, Colne are currently sitting 2nd in their league, 2 divisions above Hampton so this will be a tough test for the Ladies team but will be met by a lot of passion and dedication from all players involved. The team now have a break until the 11th Jan but this is a very happy time for all involved in the team and manager Leah Ambridge is very proud of her players and is looking forward to what 2015 will hold for her side.
Starting 11: Emma Marlow, Becky Payne, Emily Hogg, Louise Harris, Kim Duffin, Bianca Underhill, Kerry Celino, Lisa Traynor ©, Kee Kee Kobus, April Riley, Katie Foster
Subs: Fran Acharya, Louise Clarke, Hayley Lyon
Player of the Match: Emily Hogg