A tight match saw the first team narrowly lose to Great Walstead on Wednesday afternoon. The match started off very evenly with lots of tough tackling in the midfield and both teams trying to attack with purpose. Abi and Josie weren’t letting much through at the back which left goalkeeper Jemima with little to do for the opening few minutes. The team’s tactics were to break away with speed but with little advantage being played from the opposition umpire we were unable to do this, giving Great Walstead lots of time to get back in defence. As the game wore on the girls found it increasingly difficult to find one of their own players with Walstead marking tightly. Although the marking this week was very good, one lapse in concentration led to Walstead taking the lead. An overload of players on our goal left the striker with time and space to put the ball into an unguarded net. The rest of the half remained the same with few opportunities created.

The second half went the same way of the first. Jemima made some excellent saves in goal to keep the score at 1-0. Khushi and Katie worked hard in midfield to get the ball to Rosie and Jemima upfront but with so many players packing the midfield it was very difficult. As the game drew to a close a breakaway from Jemima down the right saw the ball saved and dribble along the line and with a frantic scramble the ball was cleared without making its way into the goal. How it never went it we will never know! With time a long way over the 15 minute half, Walstead made it 2-0 off a short corner. A disappointing end to a hard fought game.

The girls all put in a hard working performance and were very unlucky not to get a draw out of the game. I thought that many of the umpiring decisions went against you and on another day we could have even won the game. With two tournaments in two days when we come back, the girls must be ready for further challenges.