Patience Pays Off for Determined Harvesters !
Girls grab the spoils in 8 goal thriller
After three straight defeats to start the season and 3-1 down at half-time, Harvesters fans could have been forgiven for fearing a further setback.
However, the girls were having no truck with such negative thoughts and a stirring comeback ensued, with four second period goals scored without any further concession.
Having overcome pre-match sat-nav difficulties Harvesters kicked off with the remnants of the late summer sun in their eyes and set about trying to achieve their elusive first three points of the campaign. The girls started very brightly, with Meeka as lively as ever on the right and Milly providing great service from the left, with Jess linking up with her well from the full-back position. A few half-chances fell Charlotte's way, but she was thwarted by some able keeping from the home goalie.
Borehamwood gradually settled into their stride and a well taken finish following a mazy run saw them go ahead. Parity was soon restored though with Sophie adeptly sidefooting home from close range. Opportunities continued to be created by both sides, with Maisie becoming increasingly influential in her central midfield role. It was Borehamwood though who found their range, with two quick goals making their interval oranges seem all the more sweeter.
It was essential Harvesters that started the second half strongly, but I defy anyone to have foreseen the drama that was to follow...
Sai, who performed with authority throughout in her roaming sweeper role, soon halved the deficit and immediately afterwards Millie cut in from the wing to drive a powerful left footed shot into the corner, leaving the goalkeeper grasping thin air. With second-half subs Alecia and Daisy adding renewed impetus and Izzy marshalling the defence with ever increasing authority, the girls continued to press and Charlotte soon converted. The ladies from Oakland Lane were leading for the first time this season !
There was then an incident which may prove to be something of a Sliding Doors moment. Borehamwood, who had come up with some powerful long-range shooting throughout the match, let fly from the edge of the box and the ball cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and onto the line. The home supporters, thinking of Geoff Hurst's famous moment 51 years ago, appealed for a goal , but linesman Bailes was in a perfect position to assure the ref that they should remain disappointed. Gwen gleefully grabbed the ball and ably cleared upfield.
With time running out, Sai rampaged forward again and sealed the victory with her second well taken goal.
Harvesters are off and running !