Saturday 21st Oct 2017 (Match Date)
Elizabeth Martindale, Nicole Hague, Rebecca Allen, Hannah Eastwood ( c )
Jodie Murphy-Bigley, Rachel Mccall, Amy Nowell, Isobel Wragg, Daisy Parry
Jasmine Hewitt, Olivia Mellor
Substitutes: Brooke Grayson, Elizabeth Walker
Saturday we knew it would be a very difficult game against a Sheffield Utd team who were coming off the back of a first loss of the season to Huddersfield, and who we have had some very close games with in the past few seasons. We were missing Jess and Katrina today, and had Rachel and Brooke both still not 100%. However we started like a house on fire, and probably should have been 1-0 up in the first couple of the minutes, when Olivia went through 1 on 1 but couldn’t finish. We had another early chance, that again we wasted, however in the 5th minute we took the lead through Jasmine, who raced onto a stray back pass and finished brilliantly! The first half was more of the same, we were carving out great chances but were unable to find a way past the Utd keeper, Izzy went close with a free kick, and Amy went close with an effort from outside the box. Rachel and Nicole were doing a great job on the right side keeping Shef Utd’s biggest threat at bay, and the rest of the back four had a terrific first half as did the rest of the team, just a shame we finished the half only a goal to the good.
HT 1-0 – We had to encourage the girls to keep going and to try and find another goal. We had created the chances just couldn’t take them.
The second half started and we started very well again, going close in the early stages, and then finally around 10 minutes in, we got our second. After good play from Jas on the right, she looked for a pass inside to Jiggy, the pass was intercepted, but it fell straight to Amy who hit a great strike right into the top corner over the Utd keepers head! 2-0 and looking like getting a couple of more. The game seemed to be getting away from Utd, but credit where credits due, they kept at it, and kept working for eachother, and got there reward with about 15 to go. Liz misplaced a goal kick straight to a Utd midfielder, who took a touch and hit a shot straight away. Liz slipped scrambling over, and only just missed the ball as it flew into the net, a good finish. From that moment on Utd were the dominant team. They were winning battles, penning us inside our half, pressing really well and the second goal looked likely. The girls were defending really well, but without realising they had dropped so deep, they were inviting Utd on to them. Utd finally got a deserved equaliser, however it took a great strike from outside of the box, similar to Amy’s for us, to beat Liz. In the final 5 minute they push for a winner, but we defended resolutely and a point a piece seemed a fair result.
FT 2-2 – For 75% of the game, our girls had been perfect, played brilliantly, created chances, and defended like troopers. A tough draw to take when we were 2-0 with about 20 to go, but a draw probably was fair. Was Utd got their first from Liz’s slip, they were the better team, and very dominant and took a great strike to beat Liz. A good day for both defences and goalkeepers as they were only beat by two mistakes and two wonder strikes. A good game to be involved in all in all.
MOM – Jasmine Hewitt and Jodie Murphy-Bigley – Could have been a number of them a really tough one this week. Nicole was brilliant at right back all game. Izzy and Amy battled in midfield all game long, and everyone else contributed tremendously, either playing ill, or out of position they all did really well. However this week we have gone for Jas and Jodie as we couldn’t split the two. Jas took her goal well, and her hard work created the second. She was hard working throughout, stretched the Shef Utd backline with her pace and wasn’t bullied their backline, using her strength really well. Jasmine’s best game in a Wednesday shirt so far, and showcasing what hopefully she’ll be doing for the rest of the season. And for Jodie at Sheffield Utd away last year, she came off upset and disappointed, thinking she had let everyone down, letting people get the better of her, and that compared to Saturday where she was heading balls left right and centre, tracker her runner, no one getting the better of her all game was a complete different player. Such an improvement from last year, and becoming one of the best left backs in the league.
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