Evergreens 1-4 Magpies Ladies 4ths
The Ladies 4ths traveled to Holt on Saturday knowing that 3 points would mean the Premier League title was ours. We had the full compliment of 15 players who have given their all this season and worked so hard as a team to surpass any expectations of our final league position. We knew that on paper we should be able to win but would have been foolish to underestimate Evergreens as they themselves needed a win to avoid relegation.
The rowdy Barmy Army of traveling Fourths Fans were in fine voice as the game got underway and Kathryn Bullen soon gave them something to cheer about when she scored from close range for Magpies to take the lead. The midfield workforce of Rheanna Coleman, HRH Russell and Rachel Goodson ensured the ball stayed in the Evergreens half and Laura Tibbenham and Anna Kilbourn had chance after chance to extend our lead but it seemed luck was not on our side.
With the opposition rallying for an equaliser, Krystal Jenkins, Treacle Griffin and Phoebe Preece did a fab job of absorbing the pressure but a mistake in the ‘D’ gifted Evergreens a goal which Georgie Goodin could do very little about. At 1-1 both teams still had all to play for and after defending a couple of short corners in our usual not pretty but effective manner, Magpies began to take control of the game.
Laura Tibbs, the clubs top scorer this season, found the goal when a pass/shot from long range trickled over the line. Most of her goals have been a lot more stylish but they all count and, with the whiff of a Magpies win in the air, we piled on the pressure. The fresh legs of Rachel Holloway, Anna Harrod and Nicole Eaves provided an injection of energy and passion, and Sophie Matsell certainly made her mark on the game, coming off the bench and putting 100% into every tackle. A rebound landed perfectly for Rachel Holloway to execute a beautiful forehand drive into the back of the net and Tibbs added one more before the final whistle to take the game out of Evergreens reach.
With the final score at 4-1 to Magpies we drew level on points with the Ladies 3rds at the top of the league and clinched the title due to our goal difference. A fine achievement from a bunch of has-beens and younguns that could not have been attained without the commitment and dedication of Captain Treacle and coach David Brook who have both given up so much time this season. Thank you so much to the loyal Fourths Fans who provided much needed vocal encouragement from the sideline on Saturday and to everybody who has umpired for us this season.
Kathryn Bullen, Anna Harrod, Krystal Jenkins, Sophie Matsell, Phoebe Preece, Anna Kilbourn, Rachel Holloway, Rachel Goodson, David Brook (Coach), Treacle Griffin (Captain), Kate Russell (Duchess), Rheanna Coleman, Laura Tibbenham, Rosie Blackmore, Nicole Eaves, Georgie Goodin (GK).