It’s fair to say that the 6s were nervous going into this top of the table clash against a strong Herlings side. As such, the match started with Herlings showing their intent, passing the ball decisively to make ground into the Magpies half of the pitch. Defenders Liv Addison-Carter, Elena Flatt, Marie Davy and Kristina Brinkley proved to be more than a match for their opponents though, making good tackles and positive clearances.
Once settled into the game Magpies began to claim more of the possession. Midfielders Flea Perry, Holly Morris and Georgia Scott forcing much turnover play and firing the ball into Magpies attacking circle. Eventually the creative efforts of our forwards earned the team a short corner. A strong drag out by Holly Morris finding Janna Freeman at the top of the circle who expertly dispatched a hard strike into the bottom right corner.
Half time called for calm heads and positive play to work round the Herlings formation.
Herlings again came out strong forcing decisive defending from the home side to make sure it wasn’t going to be Herlings day.
The 6s worked hard for each today. Judith Masters and Laura Woodgate determinedly running for every thing to make it hard work for Herlings to find their breakthrough. Georgia Scott found great space on the left hand side of midfield, weaving strong runs through to feed the ball to Rachael Clifford at centre forward, Rachael returning the favour, making a great pass to Georgia who scored a fantastic goal.
Herlings flooded the Magpies defensive end of the pitch with several players towards the end of the game, being rewarded a short corner for their efforts. Imogen Flatt making a crucial save to ensure another clean sheet.
A well deserved victory for Captain Flea Perry’s 6th team who can now be fairly certain of a promotion spot.
Players of the match: such was the quality of play for the whole team, this week’s vote was a tie between Georgia Scott, Laura Woodgate and Imogen Flatt.