Coalville Town Ladies were back in action for their first game of the new decade away at Saffron Dynamo in Leicester, with Kirsty Moore suffering a fractured foot in a friendly just before Christmas Jess Vale a recent new signing from Ashby Ivanhoe came into a strong matchday Squad.
Coalville started brightly with Wawrzycka looking dangerous down the right delivering a good cross which was cleared by Saffron. This was followed by more good work from Wawrzycka playing the ball out to Simons before Dolman delivered a quality cross which was again cleared by the Saffron defence. Coalville though were not have everything their own way as they had in the two previous league games which produced 13-0 and 7-0 victories. Saffron where much tougher opposition and Coalville continued to play football across the back with Cartwright’s pass going astray led to a Saffron attack which Simons did well clearing under pressure and a long range shot sailed well wide of Cartwrights goal. Youngster Megan Williams was getting a lot of balls sprayed out wide from the midfield but found it difficult against a strong full back. After a flurry of Coalville corners came to nothing it was Simons who produced the next threat with a superb run from deep and shot resulting in a good save from the Saffron keeper.
Captain Nat Jackson as always was busy in midfield and was unfortunate to have a free kick given against her. Dolman played a cracking ball through for Mullen but again the Saffron keeper was out quick to deny Coalville this was followed up shortly afterwards by Hylton who had a good turn and shot go narrowly over the bar. Coalville were in need of a goal to settle and at times were wasteful in the last third. The goal though came in the 18th minute and was a long ball forward which resulted in Dolman running through the middle and the finish was never in doubt from Coalville’s leading goal scorer who made the score 1-0. It was ironic for all the football Coalville try and play it was a long ball that produced the goal but often different approaches are needed in games. Louise Davies Leanne Shipton in the centre of defence looked it total control and the goal was the reward Coalville deserved. The only chances falling to Saffron were clearance’s which didn’t quite meet the target but again the Saffron forwards failed to Test Cartwright in the Coalville goal. Wawrzycka was playing really well and the next chance came from an excellent through ball which cut the Saffron Defence in two was picked up by Williams but again the defender kept the tricky winger at bay. On 26 minutes another corner to Coalville was deliver and Dolman met the header unchallenged with her effort just going wide when maybe someone of her ability should have scored.
The first minor error by the Coalville defence resulted in Davies clearing for a corner after the central defensive pair of Davies and Shipton allowed the ball to bounce. The resulting corner was met by a saffron dynamo player and should had equalised the let off seem to spur Coalville on to get the second goal and a bit of breathing space. Wawrzycka was starting to dominate and was spreading balls across to Williams who just couldn’t get into her normal menacing rhythm. A couple of Coalville corners saw Hylton draw a decent save from the Saffron Keeper. A short spell of pressure by Saffron Dynamo was defended well by N Jackson who was as all way’s everywhere leading by example. Saffron then had a free kick in a dangerous area on the left but the cross was too near to Cartwright whose safe hands collected the ball with ease. With half time approaching Wawrzycka ran clear of the saffron defence beating the keeper to a through ball knocking it past the keeper but just couldn’t catch the ball up as it narrowly went wide of the open goal. Again the impressive Wawrzycka was through but again was denied by the keeper when she was the favourite to score. The second goal did come just before halftime and was nothing less than Coalville deserved, Dolman crossing for Mullen to double the lead with a simple tap in at the far post.
At the start of the 2nd half Coalville manager Tony Moore made two changes bringing on Lizzy Jackson and Jess Vale for Megan Williams and Amber Hylton.
Saffron started the second half well looking for the goal to get then back in the game but good work from Shipton in defence and Cartwright coming out to save at the feet of the saffron forward thwarted any hope for Saffron. Dolman was looking a constant threat up front and some great movement and passing from Dolman and Simons provided a chance for the impressive Wawrzycka who converted to make it 3-0 and put Coalville in a good position to start the year with a win. Straight after a quality defence splitting ball from Coote open up the Saffron defence and Simons made a great run to go clear but was flagged for offside. Lizzy Jackson was linking up well with Simons down the right hand side and Coalville were looking dangerous. A fourth goal soon followed on 58 minutes after more good work from Wawrzycka who then pulled the ball back to Mullen on the edge of the box to finish with a superb effort into the bottom right hand corner for what was the goal of the game.
The next opportunity fell to Saffron from a long ball over the top which evaded the Coalville defence only for the forward to miss the target with a poor effort from a good position. Vale then played an excellent ball forward which Simons knocked just over the bar. The next shot again just sailed over a cracking long range effort from Coote which had the keeper beat. On 67 minutes it was 5-0 again Simons who was regularly causing issues for Saffron found Dolman who made no mistake slotting the ball home for her second goal of the game.
Coalville then made two more changes bringing on the youngsters Pink and E Davies who were playing for the U16’s last season came on with Isla Pink our on the left and Ella Davies up front. Both were soon in action after great strength and a great forward pass from Vale found Davies who laid the ball out wide to Pink but cracking defence work from Saffron denied Coalville a chance to add to the goal tally. With the result now clear the game then had a bit of a flat period as both teams seemed to tire which after the Christmas break is no surprise.
After a quiet period Coalville then upped things again with Captain Jackson playing a cracking ball out to Pink who played a good ball into the box which was cleared for a corner before E Davies could get on the end of it. The resulting corner saw Simons volley again elude the target and go over the bar.
On 85 minutes Cartwright looking to keep her third clean sheet on the trot raced out to thwart the Saffron forward but stayed down after the challenge and had to be replaced. Ella Davies took over in goal and from her youth football is a well-respected goalkeeper, but concerns will be if Cartwright will be fit for next week’s game.
The final few minutes passed without much happening a decent save after an initial slip by Davies in the Coalville goal and some good work by Pink and Simons with another shot just over the bar, meant Coalville did not add to the 5-0 scoreline as the final whistle went. The result meant Coalville avoided any hiccup which can often happen after a Christmas break but the commitment of the ladies who trained through the festive period paid off and the best start to the season by the Ladies continued who have now won 7 games with just the 1 defeat. There were several good performances with Wawrzycka, Simons and debutant Vale impressive but the player of the match was awarded to Siobhan Mullen for her brace of goals and strong performance.
The three points were vital today and it keeps the pressure on the leagues unbeaten runaway leaders AFC Leicester who Coalville travel to next weekend in a big game, good luck Ladies.