Ladies back to winning ways
By Mark Coote
Ladies complete league double over Braunstone
With a depleted team, the formation was changed from the normal 1-4-4-2 to 1-3-5-2 with players being asked to play in positions they were unfamiliar. The managers had been debating the formation and players available all week. A lot of this was based on how Braunstone played.
The girls started off incredibly fast, pressing and then moving the ball at pace. This was a feature of the game. The first goal was scored quickly and allowed the girls to maintain the high intensity they had started with. Smith turned in the box and lobbed the keeper with a deflection.
Coalville were unlucky not to score more in the first half. Playing the ball wide and behind the full backs allowed the ladies to give Braunstone problems throughout.
When Braunstone did get the ball, Coalville pressed quickly, forcing mistakes. Braunstone’s only outlet was the ball over the top for their fast striker to run onto. Fortunately, this had already been spoken about and the defence held firm, with defenders looking for the trigger to gain yards before the ball was even kicked.
When their players did run through, the keeper, was always ready, often coming out to clear the ball or make a save.
The second half proved even more dominant for Coalville. They maintained their high intensity game against a visibly tiring Braunstone. Time and again the ball was crossed into the area and Coalville couldn’t get the final touch needed to score. Often the ball was ricocheting against players and Braunstone surviving somehow.
It was only a matter of time before the goals started to come. And what a finish from Dolman from outside the box, curling one into the corner of the net, leaving the keeper with no chance.
Coalville were virtually camped in the Braunstone half, with the defenders having to maintain full concentration throughout ready for the long ball. Manuel Neuer Hopkins in goal was always on her front foot sprinting out making crucial interceptions. The third goal came and was just reward for Wawrzycka who had pulled the Braunstone defence all over the place with clever movement and great work rate.
Braunstone pulled one back with their fast striker getting in behind and slotting home.
Coalville continued to dominate the game and created more chances and what a fitting last goal from the captain, was a great through ball with Jackson running through and lobbing the keeper with great composure.
The girls were pushed on by the great support from the mascots, chanting throughout the game and being very noisy.
Overall an excellent performance from the team who get better with every performance.