Weymouth Ladies 1st XI started strongly away to Wimborne, putting considerable pressure on the home team’s defence in the first ten minutes, with Suzie Stone, Emily Austin and TJ Chittenden all having shots or strong runs thwarted at the last minute. The midfield pushed hard to support the front line with tenacious play by Casey Foot down the left whilst linking well with Chloe Van Crugten and Chittenden.
Wimborne stepped up a gear and brought the game to Weymouth, threatening more on the Weymouth defence and testing the strength of the back line. Captain Jacqui Ridler led by example with some excellent intercepting tackles as sweeper, supported well by Berni John at right back, Alice Craven in centre back and Jo Ray on the left who all gave solid performances.
The game continued into the latter part of the first half, fairly evenly matched. However Wimborne’s persistence finally paid off and despite some solid defending by Weymouth both in open play and through a number of short corners, Wimborne finally managed to break down the solid Weymouth defence, slipping the ball past the Weymouth keeper to make it 1-0 going into half time.
Weymouth again started strongly in the second half with Stone making some skilful runs down the right wing supported by Austin. Lynda Drewitt made some excellent runs into the D, only to find her shots saved by the keeper whilst a number of Weymouth short corners saw further shots saved. Weymouth’s continued pressure was finally rewarded when another short corner saw the ball slipped right to Austin who fired the ball past the keeper to bring it to 1-1..
Weymouth continued to press the Wimborne defence and with around three minutes to go, a melee in the Wimborne D resulted in the ball spinning free, where Lynsey Melhuish, seized the initiative with a rather speculative reverse sweep shot towards goal (which also happened to be the most casual shot on goal). This proved to catch the Wimborne keeper and defence off guard as it slipped narrowly through to hit the right corner post and go in, bringing 3 points in reach of Weymouth. Unfortunately Wimborne had other ideas and continued to press Weymouth for the equalizer, all of which were defended well by the back four and demonstrating another strong performance by Caitlin Palmer in goal. Sadly, with just a minute remaining a shot from outside the D, took everyone by surprise and an unmarked Wimborne player was in front of goal to tuck the ball home, leaving Palmer no chance.
Whilst Weymouth were disappointed to have conceded in the last minute, the result was a fair reflection on an evenly matched game, and the team should take confidence in their strong performance both in defence and attack and in coming from 1 nil down.
Player of the match went to Austin who had an excellent game in midfield putting continued pressure on the Wimborne defence throughout and demonstrating strong link play up the right wing.
Dick of the Day went to Bernie John for her ‘helpful call’.