Following last weeks solid win, the Ladies returned to the Nest for a morning start against a fast improving Wapping side who were level on points with us at the start of the day.
Sadly, we have seemed to have picked up a nasty habit recently of going a goal down in the first 5 minutes. Today was no exception as the visitors swept home from close range with just a minute on the clock to leave us a goal down.
In fairness, the ladies responded in a really positive manner with a good high press forcing turnovers in the Wapping defensive area, although the away side were dangerous on the break leaving 3 hard running forwards high up the pitch. However we were exerting pressure on the home goal and we went close when Bobbi took the ball into the D, rounded the keeper but put her shot narrowly wide. We now started to create a number of penalty corners and we deservedly equalised when a PC was slipped left to Ridders who crashed home a shot on 20 minutes. Up to half-time the game ebbed and flowed as both sides looked dangerous although just before half-time Magpies were down to 10 after a green card for not being 5.
With the scores level at the break, the need to keep up the intensity and belief was going to be the key against a very good side going into the second half.
Wapping started the second half on the front foot playing some slick passing hockey which left us struggling to get a foothold in the game. Ten minutes into the second half we lost Molly who turned her ankle over as the Wapping side were attacking. They exploited this space and crossed the ball into our D where it was scrambled over the line. In truth, we never really recovered from this and Wapping added 3 more goals in quick time as we lost our shape and pattern as the away side were running us ragged. We were not helped when we went down to 10 for a harshly awarded yellow card for a stick tackle.
Although we managed to stem the onslaught, the damage had already been done as the away side run out worthy winners after a dominant second half performance.
As mentioned previously, this league is a major learning curve for all and there will be no easy games. Our first half performance showed that we can match most sides in the league however if we fall below these standards then we will get picked off like we were in the second half by a very good side.
However we have a positive / talented group of players and move our thoughts to next week with an away trip to West Herts.