County Cup defeat
Blue Sox unlucky to lose close encounter
The Surrey County Cup was at stake in the Blue Sox last game of the season. Our invitation coming courtesy of our affiliation to The Surrey County Girls League.
The opponents none other than AFC Wimbledon who we had lost to three times in the league but had eliminated from the League Cup in January.
The previous contests were keenly fought with the best team running out eventual winners. Having trained twice a week since August and playing 25 competitive matches unsurprisingly there had been dips in form but a togetherness that all could see.
Getting the girls motivated wasn't difficult as they knew a break from football was long overdue. The only disappointment arriving at Redhill FC was the poor playing surface with flaky, powdery mud patches scattered throughout.
We got out the blocks really quickly and with our first two attacks could have taken the lead but for fine goalkeeping and a defensive clearance off the line thwarting Hollie and Lydia.
We had an inspired Mia and Chloe challenging for the midfield domination with some excellent firm tackles which rattled the normally innovative AFC team. A slight change in formation with particular emphasis on supporting Hollie was working to a tee.
The half time interval arrived with the scores level at 0-0 but us clearly on top with possession and chances created. But without registering a 1 in the goal column the only statistic that matters we had nothing to show for our efforts.
At some point I knew AFC were too good a team not to come back into the match and my half time team talk where particular emphasis was made of ' you need to take your chances when you are on top ' was never truer when early in the second half our nemesis Debra hit a low shot past Bronte against the run of play.
The relief and possible surprise from the AFC camp was clear to see as they celebrated the strike. The expected confidence boost to AFC was somewhat muted by the girls who really rolled up their sleeves to take the game to our opponents in search of an equaliser.
But it was all in vain as AFC remained resolute and hung onto to their slender lead to complete the League and County Cup double.
There were plenty of head scratching among both sets of supporters as to how the match result had ended the way it did.
We would have to console ourselves with the fact we had won the League Cup and ended runners up to AFC in two further competitions - lady luck wasn't on our side on this occasion.
Final Score: AFC Wimbledon 1 - Maidenhead Blue Sox 0
Squad on day: Bronte Pye, Jardae Hodge - Spence, Holly Blake, Erin Bailey, Erin Bagshaw, Zuri Mullings, Sophie Smyth, Hollie O'Neill, Rachel Southby, Chloe Bagshaw, Daisy Rawlings, Raveena Bains, Mia Clements, Lydia Akkache, Rosie Shepherd & Jess Welch