Wodson Becoming Girls' Nemesis
By David Nightingale
Wodson Park Youth - Home - 8.12.18
Very sunny morning blinding the spectators come to watch these two teams who played each other only two weeks ago in the cup which Woodson won 2-1. What new tactics would coach JN have up his sleeve to win this match?
Harvester’s team sheet: Florence in goal, in defence Sophie, Issy and Maisie, Charlotte and Daisy in midfield, up front Meeka, Sai and Jess, with Millie on the bench.
From the start, just like the last match, the Wodson midfield no.8 was controlling the game passing the ball around. The Harvesters girls seemed very quiet on the field, not much calling – were they tired? The first time the harvester’s girls did enter the opposition half was a through ball to Charlotte who kept control and neatly placed the ball into the corner of the net to take a 1-0 lead against the run of play.
At the other end the opposition are threatening and hit the post, the girls are slow to react as the ball luckily rolls across the face of the goal to safety.
Substitution - Milly on Daisy off straight away Millie through on girl and earns a throw deep in the opposition half
Harvester’s girls caught in possession at the back, the opposition no. 8 just shoots wide, pressure mounting, and another attack is saved from Florence looking comfortable in her new position with excellent distribution rolling the ball out to Sophie on to Meeka making good runs on the right
Substitution - Jess off Daisy on, Issy maintaining a great central position in defence, Sai good covering at the back
Millie through on goal the keeper comes out and handballs just outside the penalty area. The referee awards a direct free kick – judging by how strict the referee was on foul throws the home crowd were muttering about whether that deserved a card, could this be a significant moment in this match? Charlotte steps up and strikes the ball powerfully but straight at the goalkeeper who catches cleanly.
Charlotte holding the ball up so well and laying off deft passes for the harvesters girls running off her at pace, Daisy reading this play well and pushing forward. Encouraging signs leading into half-time 1-0 to Harvesters
Second half - Sai off Jess on, Sophie covering corners well at the near post, girls just getting a toe in to stop the opposition getting through on goal. An unfortunate slip by Maisie lets the opposition through and they score on the near post to level the scores 1-1.
Sophie off Sai on, Jess showing good control at right back
Florence saves from a good shot from the oppo number 8, shortly after opposition player is clear through on goal Izzy just makes up the ground and lands a strong challenge just outside the box knocking the girl to the ground following the 50/50 challenge.
After the injury delay the opposition win a corner which is not cleared and during the muddle the no.8 scores a powerful shot from close range to take the lead - the girls were guilty of ball watching but in the process Florence is down injured holding her wrist and taken off with Meeka taking the gloves and straight into the action with a great save but the opposition are quicker to follow-up and score to extend the lead to 3-1.
Sai battles and wins a corner typifying the girls never giving up spirit. The last few minutes are played out with the opposition gaining in confidence playing the ball around until the final whistle. Final score 3-1.
Post-match news is that Florence has broken her wrist. All the girls, parents and opposition send their best wishes for Florence to make a speedy recovery. In other news – Gwen is due back to training next week after being out with a broken finger.