|Date||21 November 2015|
|Result||L 2 - 4|
GS: Natalie Hinchcliffe 53-F Sarah Johnson 60-F
Even though the previous men’s game was abandoned 17 minutes before the end due to the adverse conditions, our stalwart ladies 4s began with some fine attacking play. Whilst possession was in the opposition half Kamikaze Karen, and Cathyrn put on an energetic dancing display in an attempt to keep warm.
When the ball eventually came back, an intercepted Chapeltown free hit had Ciara running back up entire length of the pitch along the line with stunning ball control. Chapletown gave chase and brought the ball back into Sheffield’s D, a shot on goal was saved by the post.
Sheffield responded in kind with a break, and Nat having a shot on goal. Sheffield were unlucky to not have been given a couple of short corners following events in the D. Sheffield were definitely an attacking force for a solid 10 minutes with great passing from Rachel Meade, and Jen stealing the ball with a couple of excellent tackles. A great effort made by all to keep the pressure on. There were lots of Sheffield flurries into the Chapeltown’s 23, but chances were not converted to goals.
Chapletown broke in the 26th minute, and converted a short corner into a goal in the 28th. But Sheffield kept their heads up and went straight back to putting pressure on. Another goal for Chapeltown after 32 minutes having played advantage from open play very quickly.
Ciara got a couple more shots on goal just before half time was called but they were unfortunately just wide of the post.
Half time score: 2-0 to Chapletown.
Chapletown, being given a short corner in the first 2 minutes of the second half, had Sheffield on the defence. Jen fought back for possession and made a great pass to Nat, who made a break. Unfortunately a slip on the ice meant Sarah was unable to convert the chance into a goal.
Another short corner for Chapeltown, was converted for a 3-0 lead.
5 minutes into 2nd half Sheffield had 3 more shots on goal, either hitting the post or being saved by the keeper. There was great instinctive defending from Karen when Chapeltown broke clear to keep them out of Sheffield’s D.
Persistence finally paid off 17 minutes into 2nd half when Nat scored after a flurry of shots in the opposition D. With 11 minutes to go (and just when Sheffield had all the momentum) the visiting referee called discussion between the officials and the captains about the ice in the goal mouth. After a tense (and cold) few minutes play was resumed.
Another shot by Nat with 9 mins to go was saved with the keeper kicking the ball out the D. Ciara picked it and made a fantastic cross in and Sarah connected with deft flick to score- a beautiful, instinctive deflection.
Whilst Sheffield sensed a comeback, Chapeltown put an attack in straight away and scored with a very quick break. Sheffield responded, Nat had a shot on goal, she possibly obstructed, but no fowl was given. Close of play came with a Sheffield short corner which was defended out.
End result: Sheffield 2 – Chapletown 4. On balance it was an even game, though Sheffield did create a lot more chances. Ciara was girl of the game, with Nat and Jen tying for second. Difficult conditions, strong opponent, excellent game! Everyone should be proud of their performances!