Letchworth IV 1 Letchworth III 5
Wearing unfamiliar orange shirts, the 3s faced their own 4th XI as the away team on Saturday. With expectations high, though not complacent, they settled quickly but soon found the 4s a hard nut to crack. The 'away' strip caused some of the problems with a few too many passes going to "Letchworth" green shirts, but with Ros Wing's reverse stick tackling at it's solid best & Jo Thorp's thundering clearances, the 3s struggled to make a breakthrough.
It wasn't until midway through the first half before JO PINN opened the scoring for the "visitors". However, the celebrations were short-lived as the 4s immediately counter-attacked, forced a short corner and struck back through CONNIE ANDREWS. Not to be outdone & again within seconds of the re-start, the 3s had regained the lead, this time when DEBORAH WREN struck a loose ball into the far high corner of the net.
In the second half, the 3s were a much more composed unit with Louise Nicholson, patrolling the midfield with great assurance, in the absence of Tara Belcher who was away skiing & doubtless enjoying the apres-ski as well! Alongside her, "Player of the Match" HARRIET RICHARDS was constantly on the alert to any potential danger, giving her opponents little time & space to threaten the 3rd XI goal. Although Niamh Wase made several impressive attempts to create some openings, her team were running out of steam under the pressure & errors were creeping in. Not surprisingly, the goal scoring opportunities increased and JO PINN was the main beneficiary, scoring the 3s' third & fifth goal, to complete her hat-trick.
In the interim, the 4th XI's "Player of the Match" GK HANNAH RITCHIE had continued to impress, making a string of good saves to keep the scoreline respectable. However, she could do nothing to prevent HAIDEE CASTLE finishing off a short corner move for the 3rd XI's 4th goal in their 5-1 victory.
The 3rd XI now have a week off before they play their final league game, a re-arranged fixture at home to West Herts IV, who are in a three-way battle for promotion.
Updated 17:22 - 22 Mar 2017 by Mick Turner