Women's Round Up

Women's Round Up

By Kelly Williams
8 May
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The Women's Section finish the 23/24 season on a high!

The final game of the season for the First Team certainly did not disappoint.

Khalsa faced Solihull Moors and made two changes from the previous league game against Long Eaton, with Austin-Short and McCormack replacing Garnham and Wright.

The game was very end to end during the first 10 minutes, with both teams having their fair share of chances, which eventually culminated in Solihull taking the lead in the 12th minute through Ross-Baker after a turn of pace down the right wing from Russell-Cartwright. Going a goal down only served to fire Khalsa up even more, and after a period of pressure, in the 25th minute, Khalsa got their reward. Hall and Austin-Short combined down the left before Hall crossed the ball into the box for Woolston to volley into the back of the net!

However Moors regained their lead barely three minutes later after some good work down the wing once again from Russell-Cartwright, and after Tilly Hall saved the original shot, the rebound was converted by Rogers. Once again, Khalsa heads didn’t drop as the second equaliser came in the 30th minute. Austin-Short’s shot forced a good save from the keeper, before Woolston picked the ball up from a tight angle and managed to squeeze the ball in!

Khalsa started the second half brightly, sustaining the pressure on Solihull, and in the 56th minute, Owen delivered a perfect corner, to be met at the back post by Smith for her first goal since returning from injury!

It was looking like Khalsa were going to continue the pressure and push for the fourth goal to kill the game off, particularly with a substitution in the 61st minute, with Weston replacing McCormack, and Wright replacing Austin-Short in the 72nd.

However, the third goal only seemed to spur Moors on, and after a period of pressure, with a couple of well worked moves, in the 72nd minute, the ball was flashed across the 6-yard box to give Russell-Cartwright an easy tap in at the back post.

Khalsa dug in, and showed a lot of character, creating some good opportunities for themselves. A cross was delivered into the box, which Hall could only put onto the roof of the net- with Owen also unlucky to watch a shot narrowly miss, hitting the post.

However, in the 82nd minute, Owen unleashed a shot which hit the post again, but this time Hall was there to convert the follow up!

After a final substitution in the 91st, with Jess Beddall replacing Woolston, the referee blew the final whistle to end an enthralling match, and indeed an incredible season for the Queens!

Player of the match was shared between Woolston and Hall, with the latter also picking up opposition player of the match!

Manager Andy Mulligan said that the win was well deserved in the end, and that the entire team showed great character and belief throughout the 90 minutes to push on and get the winning goal despite going a goal down on two seperate occasions, and being pegged back themselves.

Finally, the support on Sunday was wonderful to see, with an attendance of 115 - the second highest for a home game all season! And it was especially incredible to see our under 11 girls asking for photos and for things to be signed by our players at full time; a telling sign of where the women’s game is going!
The reserves finished their season the week after and made the short trip to a sunny Compton to play a strong Wolves side.

The game was evenly contested for much of the game but determination to make the most of any errors by Wolves paid off when Reeves found Cooper in the box, her attempt was saved by the Wolves keeper but could only be palmed up into the air and Cooper's aerial ability and determination resulted in her finding the back of the net. Wolves were not deterred as they had played some great football win the floor through the middle and particularly down the right hand side and a smart move down the right was where they delivered a great ball to be latched onto by the forward to make it 1-1. Both sides continued to try and take the lead and again through perseverance Khalsa made the most of an error high up the pitch and Reeves found the Wolves keeper off her line and finished precisely. M'Barindi who had worked tirelessly leading the line made it 3-1 and White converted from the spot to make it 4-1. Wolves were not dead and buried and got themselves back into the game to make it 4-2 and 4-3. Khalsa were holding on with ten on the pitch, having made all substitutions and having lost a player to injury, but they held firm and took all three points in the end. It was a great game and credit to both sets of players in very warm conditions and after a long season.

Our First Team finished 3rd, three points behind Doncaster Belles and our Reserves 6th, behind Wolves in 5th and above all Tier 4 reserves sides and Tier 3 Loughborough.

We are incredibly proud of the efforts from everyone involved this season, from players to coaches, and look forward to hopefully topping it next season!

Thank you for all the support from our sponsors and those who are with us at home or away, we really do appreciate it and we hope to continue our upward trajectory, increasing support off the pitch and continuing to improve on it.

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