Seven Heaven for Hampton's dynamic Ladies
Ladies Team put 7 past Phoenix to go 3 points clear at the top of the league
After a week of quite bad weather the Ladies Team tried to help out the men’s teams by moving their fixture on Sunday to another pitch to face AFC Phoenix in their first game after the Christmas break. With the game going ahead the team took to the field having had two training sessions prior to the game but wondering if the long break would have any effect on match fitness.
The game started off quite scrappy with neither team able to make the most of the play. The break did come on the 10th minute when some good work down the right wing from Bianca Underhill found Kee Kee Kobus in the middle of the park who played the ball into Katie Foster just outside the Phoenix box, Kate got the ball out of her feet and stuck the ball with her left foot into the top left corner putting the Beavers 1-0. Phoenix managed to pull a goal back soon after when a strike only 6 yards out was unable to be stopped by defenders and Emma. Not dropping their heads, the beavers came back once again and after some near misses and close calls on the 42nd minute Katie Foster crossed the ball into the Phoenix box, the cross was met by Louise Clarke who struck it first time past the Phoenix keeper putting the score at half time 2-1.
Phoenix started quickly and caught Hampton napping after half time, scoring the equaliser only 3minutes into the 2nd half. This was the wake up call Hampton needed and only 5minutes after the break Lisa Traynor found Katie Foster who struck the ball but was saved by the Phoenix keeper. Unable to hold onto the powerful shot the ball fell to Louise Clarke who slotted away Hampton’s 3rd. Only 10minutes later Louise Clarke scored her 3rd of the game and Hampton’s 4th when Katie played a through ball for Lou to run onto, a one on one with the keeper… there was only one winner, Louise placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner putting the score line at 4-2. As well as being extremely strong going forward, Hampton’s defensive midfielders and back four remained solid throughout the entire game ensuring keeper Emma Marlow had very little to do in the 2nd half.
Hampton’s 5th of the game came from a Katie Foster corner which skimmed the head of Louise Harris and dropped to Louise Clarke’s feet just yards from the ball, Lou put the ball in the back of the net on the 73rd minute and Hampton seemed to be flying.
The penultimate goal came from a fantastically accurate through ball from Fran Acharya to Katie Foster who, with two defenders on her tail, didn’t panic and put the ball to the keeper’s left hand side into the back of the net meaning at 83minutes the game would stand at 6-2. You would think this would be enough for one game, not for Hampton! The 7th and final goal came on the 85th minute from the Captain Lisa Traynor who produced a fantastic shot outside the box. The shot flew over the Phoenix keeper and summed up a great performance from all during this game.
The game was the first in a month for the Beavers and a solid team performance with a great result sees the team move to 3 points clear at the top of the table. Manager Leah Ambridge was happy with the performance saying; ‘It was a great performance from my team after a long break. We were flying from the off and the result just shows what a great team we have at the moment. There were some sensational goal scored in this game and I am proud of all players, we are now firing this season and top of the league is the least we deserve at the moment.’
Next week sees the team travel to Tooting Common to face 3rd place Balham Panthers. The last time these two teams met at the beginning of the season the Beavers won 3-1 and will be looking for another solid result this time round.
Starting 11: Emma Marlow, Becky Payne, Louise Harris, Emily Hogg, Kim Duffin, Louise Clarke, Lisa Traynor, Kee Kee Kobus, Hayley Lyon, Bianca Underhill, Katie Foster
Subs: Terri Harper, Candice Hayward, Fran Acharya