Sun 13
Hepworth United Ladies FC
2
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2
League
Brayton Belles
R Purchon (11'), S King (75')
Blown Away

Blown Away

By John Field
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Third Draw of the Season


Hepworth entertained Brayton Belles at Far Lane on a wild and windy day which was sure to affect the match and it certainly did. Opting to play up the slope first half it was Hepworth who started brightest against the wind. Passing was hit and miss due to the strong winds but both teams tried their best. On four minutes Abigail Iggleden raced clear on the right wing and fired a cross into the box but with the strong wind blowing accross the pitch her ball was too high and too fast for anyone to get on the end off it. Hepworth kept pushing forward while Brayton counter attacked which made the game pretty even with both teams having chances. With eleven minutes on the clock Hepworth broke up a Brayton attack and Laura Hirst broke out of defence before passing to captain Jo Forrest who turned and found a superb through ball for Rebecca Purchon to race through and latch on to. her pace saw her leave everyone in her trail before she smashed the ball home for a 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later Brayton were level after several minutes of pressure they forced a corner which Hepworth were very slow to mark up and slow to react to and so Brayton found an easy way to equalise. The game swung from end to end with both teams having chances and with the home side having a greater number than their opponents but they just were not as sharp as they could or even should have been. As Iggleden had done early on firing a cross in wind assisted, several others also made the same mistake leaving their team mates no real chance to convert the crosses, and they possibly may rue this error. By the half hour mark Brayton were using the conditions to their advantage and pushing Hepworth back. On thirty one minutes Hannah Nicholl cleared off the line to keep things level, but Brayton's pressure paid off on thirty seven minutes as hepworth lost the ball while trying to run out of defence. Brayton took full advantage and Hepworth just seemed to stand still as Brayton ran through and took the lead.
Turning around a goal down it was now Hepworth who had the elements at their back and used them to their advantage pushing Brayton back to the point that they had all eleven players behind the ball. Abigail Iggleden had a shot go just wide inside three minutes of the restart, then Paige Green had a good effort well saved on fifty three minutes. it only seemed a matter of time before Hepworth would score. Their next effort came from their captain Jo Forrest but her shot went over the bar and Brayton survived again. Brayton struggled to get past the half way line as Hepworth had all the play and pinned them deep in their own half , despite this the wind also affected their game as they struggled to turn the pressure into goals, partly due to the keeper pulling off some good saves as did their stand in keeper in the first half who pulled off a worldy save in the first half. On seventy minutes Hepworth were awarded a free kick some twenty four yards out, Iggleden stepped up and fired her shot just inside the post but somehow the keeper managed to get a hand to it and push it onto the post and out for a corner. It was begining to look like Hepworth would not find the net. Finally on seventy five minutes Sophie King pounced on a defensive error and slammed the ball home to equalise. Hepworth did have the ball in the net again but it was ruled out by a very dubious offside decission, but to be fair it was a game of two halves and a point for both teams was probably a fair reflection of the game. Depite the draw Hepworth still remain unbeaten in the league and sit at the top of the Premier division.
The player of the match award was won by Laura Hirst.
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Match details

Match date

Sun 13, Jan 2019

Kickoff

14:00

Meet time

13:00

Competition

WRCWFL Premier Division

League position

1
Hepworth United
7
Brayton Belles