GS: Lucy Pinney 3-F,F,F Chris Burgin 3-F,F,F Hana HOrsfield o-F Rachel Meade 1-F Abby Newton 2-F,F Sarah Johnson 2-F,F
I couldn't remember the goals!!...
The ladies 4th team were away from home against a new Leeds team with a poor track record. The aim of the game was to keep our shape and not get pulled into a scrappy style of play. In the first 5 minutes we were surprised by how Leeds came out- stronger than anticipated based on their previous form.
We responded well by stepping up our speed and passing and soon the goals started coming. There were some excellent runs by Izzy and Hana up the wings, some great crosses into the D by Rachel Meade, Chris, Lucy Pinner and Sarah Johnson, and a neat deflection in the corner to break the deadlock.
New team member Abby Newton ran rings around the midfield, making her way from behind the half way line to get some great shots in, converting two of these. Hannah Mcmellon was a strong centre mid and frustrated the Leeds players by winning or retaining the ball even when they almost squashed her between two of their players! Most of our play was in our attacking half, but when it spilled out the half backs Susie, Heather and Jen and full backs Rach and Sophie dispossessed the opposition and calmly cleared the ball back up the pitch (despite having very cold hands!). A flurry of goals left the score at half time a mighty 7-0. We restarted quickly and some good attacking play by Heather and Lucy helped us get a further 5 goals before an injury to one of the opposition lead to the game finishing 12-0 to Sheffield with 4 minutes to go, much to the delight of our goalie who was absolutely freezing after having a very quiet game! Player of the match was Abby with a great debut performance!
Goal scorers were:
Lucy Pinner 3
Chris Burgin 3
Sarah Johnson 2
Abby Newton 2
Hana Horsefield 1
Rachel Meade 1