Davison hatrick secures a point for Knowle Ladies
Lye Town 3-3 Knowle Ladies
A superb Tyla Davison hatrick gave Knowle a share of the spoils in a hard fought game away at Lye Town. Both teams started the game with a quick tempo, and with the pitch in excellent condition both sides kept the ball very well. The referee set his stall out early by booking Sarah Moore for a clumsy challenge on an onrushing forward, and the resulting set piece was cleared well by Rachel Keen at the back post. Lye wasted a glorious opportunity soon after with the striker scuffing the ball wide when clean through on goal. Knowle’s first opportunity fell to Lucy Taylor whose twenty yard attempt was parried backwards by the goalkeeper but she managed to rescue it before the goal line. Lye continued to test the Robins by knocking early balls forward, and goalkeeper Rachel Gibson had to be alert to sweep up the danger on a couple of occasions. Knowle then punished the home side with their first real attempt of the game; Taylor was first to react to a loose goal kick and seized the ball in the wide left channel. She beat one challenge before squaring a perfectly weighted ball across the box, and Davison made no mistake with the first time finish, smashing it past the keeper for a one nil lead. This stung Lye and they quickly created a number of opportunities, Knowle riding their luck to stay ahead. Another quick passing move left the centre forward with a gaping goal but she shot wide and a header from a corner was placed over the bar from close range. Lye thought they had grabbed the equaliser after a goalmouth melee was forced over the line, but the forward was adjudged to have kicked the ball out of Gibson’s hands as she bravely dropped onto it. Knowle nearly extended their lead when Sam Smith’s header was cleared off the line by a well placed defender, but were mainly restricted to long range efforts which in truth weren’t troubling Lye. Anna-Marie Robinson and Davison both hit shots well wide, but this proved to be only a range finder for Davison who put in an early claim for goal of the season soon after. Collecting the ball from Katie Smith, she spotted the keeper off her line and took one touch out of her feet before firing a stunning strike high into the net from 35 yards out. With their lead doubled, Knowle defended resolutely through to half time, working hard all across the pitch to close Lye down.
The home side pressed forward right from the start of the second half and Knowle found it difficult to stay in possession when they won the ball. Lye started to find some joy down both wings and crosses fizzed across Knowle’s box, causing a few heart in mouth moments. Gibson made an excellent save low down to her right side and Mel Faulkner made two smart blocks on the edge of the area. Lye pulled one back eventually, however there was a suspicion of offside when the cross sailed into the box and two forwards were lined up on the back post. One forced it home and the referee waved away Knowle’s protests. Lye were galvanised by this and found an equaliser not long after when a midfielder picked up a half cleared ball and fired her long range shot over Gibson for another excellent goal. The Robins did not drop their heads however and went ahead once more soon after that. Moore latched onto a loose ball at the back and hit a terrific first time long ball up towards Davison. She beat the defender for strength and curled the ball with her left foot around the onrushing goalkeeper who was caught somewhat in no-man’s land to complete a brilliant hat trick.
The final twenty minutes were all about whether Knowle could hang on. Challenges started to fly in around the pitch from both sides which broke up the flow of the game and resulted in a booking for Taylor. The young forward almost responded in perfect fashion though, racing onto a through ball from Robinson after good work from the excellent Katie Smith won possession for Knowle. Taylor turned the full back inside out before cutting into the area and smashing a rocket of a shot just over the bar. A Lye midfielder also almost managed to produce a moment of magic, connecting perfectly on the volley with the ball dropping over her shoulder but the shot dipped over the bar. With eight minutes remaining, Lye did grab the third goal they needed – a good passing move found the winger at the back post and although Faulkner and Keen both closed her down well, her shot flicked off the shin of one of Knowle defenders to deceive Gibson and nestle into the corner. Neither side could force a winner in a messy last ten minutes to leave honours even. Knowle will be disappointed to not win the game having led twice, but Lye will feel they certainly had the clear cut chances to win the game also, and both sides can be pleased with the work rate they put into the match. Next up for Knowle is a home game against league newcomers Stockingford where they will look to build on this result.