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Bristol and West 5 - 0 Cleeve Ladies

Bristol and West 5 - 0 Cleeve Ladies

By Chris Gough
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After the Lord Mayors Show !

Its always difficult after a fantastic FA cup win to raise your game …..and we certainly struggled to get anywhere near the performance levels required to compete in this league.

We have been spoilt with the new 3G pitch at Kayte Lane …and maybe playing on a sloping grass pitch against a wily and physically strong Bristol and West side was never going to help. Looking back at the stats the last time we played and won on a grass pitch always back in March!

We never really started and our retention of the ball, passing and energy levels were a long way off what was required. A change in several player positions probably didn’t help… I accept responsibility for getting that wrong. Bristol never allowed us to settle and in turn caused us problems with their height, size and strength advantage. We conceded three goals before half time and it could have been worse …but thanks to good first half performance from Beth in goal it was only 3.

HT 3-0

We spoke at half time about the need to compete and challenge and that the next goal was vital. Unfortunately the next goal came 2 mins after half time when we failed stop the cross and conceded the 4th. We did get better as the second half went on…but rarely troubled the Bristol goal. We conceded a 5th late on.

FT 5-0

Overall a disappointing performance, you can maybe get away with one player being a little off colour…but today too many players were well below par. We can’t afford to put in a performance like this next week in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA cup against AEK Boco.

The game did give me the opportunity to give a starting debut to Janet, and game time for three more of the youngsters Evie, Amelie and Bella. It’s a tough learning curve….and the step up to Ladies football is going to a steep one. But given time and commitment we will get there.

Player of the Match- Beth

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Match date

Sun 25, Sep 2022




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Division 1

League position

Bristol & West Ladies First
Bishops Cleeve Ladies Ladies