GS: Rachel Meade1 F Nat Hinchcliffe 1-F Lucy Rogerson 1-F
The Ladies 4s had a fantastic start to the season with a spectacular win against Slazengers' team. With a relatively slow, but steady start in the hot late afternoon sun, the team worked together brilliantly with some excellent passing and use of space to create some great chances.
The action soon moved almost exclusively to the attacking half with constant pressure leading to a succession of shots on goal from all of the forwards.
At half time the score was still a frustrating 0-0...
An inspiring team talk from Erica was all that was needed to get the goals coming in the second half.
With the sun still beating down, the team came back on to the pitch full of determination and very quickly established themselves again as the dominant side. Slazengers took the push back, and the Sheffield ladies applied pressure immediately to win back possession and start the attack again.
The first well deserved goal was a cracker. Lucy Rogerson hit a fabulous shot across the face of the goal for Rachel Meade to confidently turn into the back of the goal from the post.
The team worked tirelessly in the heat to keep up the pressure in the second half resulting in numerous shots on goal, and a series of short corners.
The next goal came in open play, set up by one of many examples of the halves and midfield quickly turning the ball over after an attempted forward push by Slazengers.
Nat Hinchcliffe put the ball away beautifully. The team grew in confidence, closing down the opposition at every free hit, winning every loose ball, and using their skills to go past players.
The third goal wasn't far behind! Another flurry of action in the D led to a series of long corners.
The third one was pushed back to Tash who made a great pass down the right line to Izzy who drove in to the D.
The first shot was blocked, but Lucy Rogerson picked up the rebound and made sure the ball went in. A break by Slazengers then gave the defence the opportunity to show what they were made of and they were not left wanting.
Keeper Sophie's only touch of the ball was a cracking save.
The 3-0 win was truly the result of an excellent, collective team effort - the perfect start to the season!