Home win for the first Women’s Football Match on the New Pitch29th September 2011
RESULT- 7-2 Wednesday 28th September 2011 Calderdale College (23,34,48,54,67,74,78) Vs Wakefield College (6,81)
With the girls first home game of the season they were looking forward to using the new facilities and enjoying the support from the college. Even with the unlikely hot weather the girls were determined to work hard to achieve the result the wanted.
The girls started very well and used the ball, playing out from the back and into the midfield with short sharp passing, providing all the pressure. However after a quick break from Wakefield, a striker won the ball deep in our half and we ending up conceding a corner. After our initial pressure we were shocked with the attack and Wakefield took full advantage converting the corner with a powerful header to put them in front 1-0.
Even though we were a goal down we continued to play in the same way using the ball and working it up the pitch with some of the best passing football I have seen the girls play. We were unlucky on a number of occasions not to bring the score line back level and even had a controversial goal dis allowed for hand ball.
With the quality of football that was being played it was only a matter of time before we equalized and this came after some good play down the left hand side, the ball was played into the box for Connell who struck the ball past the defenseless keeper 1-1.
With the score lines back level the girls kept applying pressure but also kept calm on the ball, playing backwards when necessary. Using the wing well we worked the ball again down the left and a cross from J.Smith allowed Connell to claim her second of the game as she took the ball down and fired it into the net. 2-1.
Play continued up until half time with the girls dominating play and retaining possession well. Into the second half Cass maintained her scoring run from last year and this year, by cutting inside from the right switching the ball back on to her right foot and smashing the ball into the bottom left hand corner to put Calderdale firmly in front. 3-1.
After this Wakefield lost their motivation and Calderdale took full advantage as Morton was played a perfectly timed through ball and make no mistake as she calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. 4-1.
As Calderdale continued to apply pressure they found themselves with a corner and another perfectly placed cross from Lockwood allowed A.Smith to convert just in front of goal for her second of the season and the teams 5th of the day. 5-1.
With Wakefield’s defense becoming tired the wingers drew them out wide leaving a huge gap in the middle. Lockwood seized this opportunity and stormed through one on one with the goal keeper and put the ball in the top left hand corner leaving the keeper with no chance. 6-1.
The last goal of the game for Calderdale came from new player Maloney with her first goal for the college, after she latched on to a perfectly placed through ball from Morton on the left wing she fired the ball to the left of the keeper and firmly into the back of the net. 7-1.
With minutes to play Wakefield finally had possession of the ball and were rewarded with a late corner. After the early goal we conceded from a corner the order was to mark up tightly, however the same girl managed to break free rise and score an identical header to restore some pride for Wakefield. 7-2.
On the whole a fantastic game from the girls with some good individual performances and a great team performance. It is one of the best games I have seen them play in terms of passing football. I think we may need to work on defending corners but as we have a couple of free weeks before our next game now so plenty of time to work on that.
Thank you to everyone that came out to watch and support it made a huge difference having people there to encourage the girls and they really appreciated it.
1. Harriet Widdup
2. India Wright
3. Rachael Maloney(78mins)
4. Hazel Lockwood(67mins)
5. Lucy Rennie
6. Aleathia Smith (74 mins)
7. Nikki Relton
8. Chelsea Morton (54mins)
9. Annabelle Cass (48 mins)
10. Abigail Connell ( 23mins, 34mins)
11. Lucy Fuller
12. Rachael Graham – Martin
13. Jordan Smith
Coach Yasmin Ayub