Beavers battle till the end
Weather gets the better of the Ladies Team but they put up a great battle!
Sunday saw the ladies Team travel to North London to face Camden Town. With Camden sitting top of the table 2 divisions above us, we knew it would be a tough game but also had faith that the entire team would work there socks off. On arrival at the ground it was apparent that the extremely strong wind and rain would play a role in this game, not to the extent it did though.
With the pitch being extremely cut up from the match before ours, it was clear that pitch and weather conditions were going to prove extremely difficult to play in. Playing against the wind in the first half proved to be the downfall for the side as Camden managed to score 3 goals due to the wind. Impossible to judge the wind the ball was repeatedly moving in the air causing all sorts of problems for keeper Emma MarIow. The beavers did manage to get a goal in the first half when some great link up play from Kate Foster, Louise Clarke and Melika Banton, saw Melika get some space inside the area to go 1 on 1 with the Camden keeper. Militia calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
With the score at 5-1 at half time the team was not disheartened at all and with Leah’s inspirational team talk the team were still positive that they could try and build on the first half performance. Playing into the wind in the second half, the Hampton side of the pitch was barely touched giving the Camden back 4 a lot more to do. Hampton got a second goal when Bianca Underhill found Melika in the middle of the 6 yard box to crack the ball into the Camden net. Hampton had a number of other chances but with the weather playing havoc and the pitch like a mud bath it was difficult to find that final pass to get another goal. The third Hampton goal came when Lisa Traynor was tripped inside the box to be awarded a penalty. Up stepped Kate Foster who convincingly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance at all.
This was how the game ended, a 5-3 loss but a very strong team performance which also saw manager Leah make an appearance. It was a brilliant performance from the entire team and manager Leah was proud of all players saying; “I am very proud of my players. Against a team 2 divisions above us we showed exactly what we are made of. On a different pitch and better weather conditions am convinced that we could have beaten them and I am looking forward to the Russell Cup Quarter Final on 12th April.”
Starting 11: Emma Marlow, Becky Payne, Louise Harris, Allie Simmonds, Hayley Lyon, Louise Clarke, Lisa Traynor ©, Kerry Celino, Melika Banton, Bianca Underhill, Kate foster
Sub: Leah Ambridge
Player of the Match: Melika Banton