CMW Hit Ten To Start the Season on High
Great start for the Ladies
On Wednesday evening, Calverton Miner’s Welfare Ladies began their season on a high, beating newly-promoted Clifton All Whites Ladies 10-2.
Calverton enjoyed the majority of the play in the first half, with All Whites struggling to contain a fast and agile attacking line. CMW were ahead after a neat chipped ball from Hayley Brown was nodded in at the far post by Demi-Leigh Crofts, who doubled the lead shortly after with a well lofted long shot that evaded the ‘keeper.
The third goal was a scrappy effort from a corner. Erin Smith provided a great ball in towards the penalty spot, which bounced, evaded all players, and sat up for a simple header from Hayley Brown at the back post.
Shantay got a goal as a reward for her assist when Hayley was set through again, this time with a bouncing ball. She beat the ‘keeper to it, but was unable to direct her attempted lob goalwards. Brown was able to react quickly to keep the ball in play on the by-line, however, and cut a pass in to Erin Smith, whose powerful effort hit the bar and rebounded out. Shantay was in perfect space to coolly finish from 6 yards to make the score 4-0.
All Whites were playing the offside trap, but were unable to organise themselves against the pace of Hayley Brown, Erin Smith and Demi-Leigh Crofts. CMW were pressing with long through balls, and the tally was up to 4 shortly after, when a knock from Shantay Wright set Hayley Brown free to round the ‘keeper and knock into an empty net.
The next goal fell to Erin Smith – a peach of an effort from distance that dropped under the bar to take CMW ladies to 6-0. Not to be outdone, shortly afterwards Demi-Leigh Crofts produced a mazy run inside All Whites area, clearing every defender before calmly finishing low to make the score 7-0. 8-0 quickly followed as Hayley Brown beat several defenders to a knock on from Stacey Wilkinson and finished low into the bottom right. This also signalled a change in personnel in the All Whites goal, the keeper coming off due to injury.
Calverton had so far been dominating the game, thanks in no small part to intelligence and strength in Midfield from Louisa Payne, Kim Bradshaw and Shell Morphus. The defence had also been marshalling attacks well, but All Whites did have their moment when their player of the game forged through the centre of the park and unleashed a long shot that dropped under the bar.
CMW were disappointed to have conceded after such dominance, but didn’t waste time in regaining their 8-goal advantage. Yet another through ball put Hayley Brown through on the left. Her shot was saved by the new goalie, but only rebounded to Erin Smith who knocked it in from close range.
The second half was approached in a relaxed manner by CMW, who had all but wrapped the game up by half time, leading 9-1. This relaxed approach unfortunately meant another goal conceded in a very similar manner to the first; a powerful break from midfield saw a similar shot evade ‘keeper Megan Preston and nestle into the net. All Whites gained some confidence from this and began to attack more frequently, managed well by the back 3 of Charlotte Chubb, Jenna Smith and Stacey Wilkinson. Megan Preston made a terrific save when a player was through on goal, sliding low to clear the ball and avert the danger.
Subs were made throughout the second half, with Jenna Stocks coming on for Demi-Leigh Crofts, Alice Turner-Jones coming on for Stacey Wilkinson and Steph Morell replacing Shantay Wright.
The final goal of the game came when a loose ball was chased down by Hayley Brown. The defender slid in to clear, but the ball rebounded and set Brown through on goal. She cut inside another defender before lashing the ball home to make the score 10-2.
The final twenty minutes of the game were a formality in the eyes of CMW, who comfortably managed the remaining time. Early-season rustiness was perhaps slightly evident as several players succumbed to cramp, but overall it was a very rewarding evening, against a team who will gain point in this league once they find their feet.