Saturday 30th Sep 2017 (Match Date)
Elizabeth Martindale, Jessica Elrick, Rebecca Allen, Hannah Eastwood ( c ) Jodie Murphy-Bigley
Brooke Grayson, Amy Nowell, Elizabeth Walker, Nicole Hague, Olivia Mellor, Isobel Wragg
Katrina Bennett, Jasmine Hewitt, Daisy Parry
Playing our first home game of the season, and only our second game of the season, we were wanting to keep up pace with Huddersfield and Sheffield United, who had won 3 out of 3 up to this point, and were playing their 4th game today, so it was vital to get 3 points today, however in the first half Rotherham showed up it would not be a simple task for us, and that we were in for a game. They came in off the back of an 8-0 loss to leaders Huddersfield, so I’m sure their coaches were wanting a response, and they definitely got one. The early exchanges were even, and then Rotherham started to get their very dangerous front 3 into the game, and it was from these three they took the lead. We gave them too much room, and they played a ball out to the right, which we didn’t close down quick enough, however it was a terrific finish across the goal into Liz’s bottom corner. An awful start from us. Things then got worse before they got better, after again we allowed the attackers too much room, to hit a shot from the edge of the box which flew in. Two great finishes from Rotherham, and could have been more if not for some good goal keeping and defending in the latter stages of the half. We change a few things around, bringing on substitutes, and this seem to help us a lot, and we were able to get hold of the ball more. Nicole went close twice, one shot into the keepers hands and the other just wide, Jasmine also had a chance that went over. We finally scored a crucial goal just before half time when Olivia latched onto a pass, and finished with her weaker foot across the goal keeper.
HT 1-2 – A very difficult half for us, and a very deserved lead for Rotherham, however it was a half we knew we could improve on. The only positive being that we weren’t at our best at all, and it was only 2-1. Want to say a well done in that first half to Izzy, who at times seemed to be doing a lot on her own, and kept at it all half even though it was very difficult.
The second half started and we started to play a lot better. Rotherham had withdrew one of their strikers and gone to 4 in midfield, which help us a lot, as this neutralised their threat, and most of the second half was played in their half. The back four started to closed down faster, and not allow the attackers to turn. Katrina and Amy in the middle were running the game, especially Katrina, who was all over the place, winning tackles and creating chances, and she very nearly got an equaliser, if not for a great save by the Rotherham keeper. Daisy and Jess were on corner duty, and every delivery from both was brilliant, we were just unable to get the ball over the line, Jasmine going very close with an header. However a lot of chances were from outside the box, as Rotherham were surrounding the ball and preventing us getting into the box, We finally got the equaliser around the 20 minute mark, through the very impressive Katrina. She won the ball from a Rotherham goal kick, and hit her shot very early into the far corner surprising the keeper! A goal she really deserved. From that point it did look like on one winner. Rotherham went back to 3 up top, which did actually help us, as it allowed us to have some more space in midfield, and carve out some better chances. One chance made the keeper come out but not collect the ball, Daisy dispossessed her and she fouled daisy in the process. Daisy dispatched the resulting penalty right into the top corner. The last 5-10 minutes, were really end to end as Rotherham looked to push for an equaliser, and nearly got one if not for a brilliant last ditch challenge from Becs at the back. Brooke seemed to be tiring on the right side of midfield and Nicole had a quiet second half so we change them for Jiggy and brought Olivia onto the right. While the 2 were brought on to sure up the midfield they linked brilliantly with Daisy to get a fourth and put the game to bed. A pass found Jiggy, who then found Daisy who spotted Olivia’s run from the right, played her in, and Olivia finished on the half volley!
FT 4-2 – A tough game today, however one that we can take a lot out of. We came up against a very dangerous front three, and while in the first half they got the better of us, in the second half I believe we were the better team, and overall deserved the win. We can take a lot more from this, and seeing them all fight together and for eachother, then an easy routine win, so hopefully this will stand us in good stead going forward. Now another Saturday off before we welcome Wisewood to Bawtry Road.
MOM – Katrina Bennett – From the second she came on, fought for every ball, kept possession intelligently, never gave up, and dragged the team back into the game, especially in the second half. A very deserved equalising goal for her, and deserves the credit she got after the game from her team mates and fans.
MOM for game vs Steel City - Isobel Wragg – while it would have been easy to look at the scoring exploits of Daisy and Olivia in this game, Izzy kept the team ticking over. Got two goals herself, as well as setting up her team mates for goals. A brilliant performance from her all game, and showing how important she will be for the team this year.
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