We made the short journey down the M6 to our near cheshire neighbours Sandbach United for our first League cup game of the season, it was a very cold and wet afternoon but all the squad and coaches was looking forward to a good game of football and we wasnt going to be disapointed....!
We kicked off on a pitch where on the wings there was plenty of mud and to say it was "stodgy" would be an understatement, anyhow both teams from the off played decent open attractive football which belied the heavy conditions and chances was created at both ends however in the 28th min Sandbach took the lead with a shot from outside the box which Rosie got a finger to but couldnt prevent it from going in (0-1), this didnt deter us and we used both wings to great effect with Nat on the right and Brogan on the left and the midfield pair of Hannah and Kate threading balls through causing a lot of problems for their defence.Unfortunatley from an inswinging corner Rosie was crowded out and the ball went over her head and nestled in the bottom corner (0-2)
Half Time 0-2
After a bit of a chat about a few things and what we could do different we grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck and set about Sandbach with renewed vigour and was creating chances but they just wasnt falling right and myself, Chris & Jamie thought this wasnt going to be our day when in the 79th min Kim sent Natalie scampering down the right wing and put a cross in and Brogan forced the ball home to half the deficit (1-2), we was back in it now and the last 10 mins was our best period with wave after wave of Alty attacks forcing panic in the Sandbach defence but they managed to stand firm and saw the game out...
Full time 1-2
A lot of praise again to both teams for playing good football and putting on a great game to watch on a pitch that was "stodgy" at best. Myself, I took a lot of positives out of sundays game the passing/movement and general all round play is coming on and this squad of ladies are going to be a force to reckon with next season
Squad :- Rosie Emerson, Rachel Bullock, Tallulah Anton, Louise Edleston, Becki Collins, Natalie Thornley, Hannah Kibble, Kate Rawthore, Brogan Walsh, Faye Howard, Jaquie Farrah, Ella Taylor, Lauren Thorneycroft, Kim Latham
Up the Alty...!