Magpies Ladies 6th team versus Herlings Ladies team.
We played Herlings on a cold, windy afternoon under floodlights. Initially, Magpies managed to keep the ball with excellent passing skills and better fitness levels but Herlings, renowned for their hard hitting, smashed the ball towards our goal and a delighted forward sent it home. Despite the ball flying around at head-height with quite a few painful consequences, Millie Scarborough-Taylor skilfully aimed the ball at Herling’s goal and it literally bounced out of a defender’s lap and into the goal. The second goal came from Alice Evans-Hendrick who smashed the ball home after an excellent cross from Molly Warnes.
At half time, despite our better fitness, we knew that Herlings would come back with a vengeance; they actually took out one of their own players in our circle with a rocketing ball that narrowly missed a few heads but smashed into the unfortunate player’s stomach. Our defenders were undeterred and Gillian Stokes, as goalkeeper, played fearlessly. Julie Davy made some fine runs and we tried to score from short corners but Herlings equalised with a quick goal.