Colchester Ladies 2nds 1 Magpies Ladies 3rds 2
The Ladies 3’s headed down the A12 in the heavy and cold drizzle this weekend for a first encounter in the league with Colchester 2. We were keen to rectify some of our issues that led to our first defeat in 4 games to UEA last week and we didn’t disappoint. It was a thoroughly engaging and combative contest despite the poor weather and we dealt with everything that was thrown at us. We resumed our strong hold of the defence and midfield with Char R-B and Kate R taking control and feeding off great work from Rach B, Sophie C and Amelia H-S in the back line. We had to work hard in marking today and we held our own throughout the match. Colchester, however, proved quick on the counter attack and we found ourselves down 1-0 about 20 mins into the game. Despite losing both Char and Kate R to ‘short breaks’ on the side line we persevered with Captain Leggy leading the forward line and being supported by strong work by Katie K, the ever impressive Lucy and speedy runs by Rhe on the left. Some great individual skill led to the first goal by Amy de S who was determined to repel the Colchester backs and get her reward. So, we ended up all square at half time and with everything to play for in the second half.
With weather getting worse but our resolve getting stronger we set about seeking greater penetration into the Colchester half and stopping the opposition taking any advantage. We dealt with a number of short corners against us with fantastic defending from Hollie in goals and Amelia in partiuclar who made a number of strong runs up the line to support the attack. Here she was supported by a new recruit today, Phoebe Eglington, who showed that she was more than capable of holding her own at this level. Continued pressure from the whole team led to some strong break aways towards the latter part of the match with Katie K, Amy and Leggy creating problems for the home team. Eventually one of these paid off with an absolute stonker of an individual goal by Katie K to secure our well deserved win. Despite the cold showers we felt we thoroughly deserved our win and Amelia received our player of the match for her fantastic runs to support the forwards but also a really thoughtful and tactically aware performance for someone who is so young – well done Amelia!!