Team list: Emily Austin ©, Anneka Rogers, Casey Foot, Caitlin Dive, Lara Blundell, Lilly Young, Wendy Butcher, Lyndsey Melhuish, Chloe Van Crugten, Jo Brazier, Jacqui Riddler, Alice Craven, Rachael Bustin
Weymouth travelled away to Wimborne to face a side who Weymouth beat heavily in the first half of the season, but who were ready for a re-match.
Wimborne started strong, holding a high press, keeping the Weymouth defence pushed heavily into their half. They had a strong side out which meant Weymouth had to be very disciplined.
Weymouth managed to move out of their high press and move the ball forward up the pitch. Good play between Emily Austin and Chloe Van Crugten led to some chances in Weymouth’s half and some shots on goal which were unfortunately saved by the Wimborne keeper.
This eventually paid off and Weymouth scored their first goal, with a skilful lifted pass by Anneka Rogers to Emily Austin, who tucked the ball neatly into the back of the net.
This was immediately equalised by Wimborne who came back fast and miscommunication between the Weymouth defence led to a player being unmarked and an untidy goal, making the score 1-1 at half time.
Half time talks readjusted the Weymouth defence and players identifying their positions more clearly.
Weymouth had several attacks in the early part of the second half, with shots from Lara Blundell, Emily Austin and Rachael Bustin going wide.
Wimborne pounced on this slump in Weymouth play and they were awarded a short corner for a foot inside the D. Weymouth set up their usual routine and were quick out to the ball. A save by Alice Craven prevented the first shot going in, but the second was lifted into the top left hand corner past Wendy Butcher’s head and left Weymouth looking into the back of the goal. Weymouth felt aggrieved by the goal as the player admitted to kicking the ball prior to her on target shot.
Weymouth picked up the pace after this, running at Wimborne and creating many attacks. Emily Austin did well down the right hand side to create space and waiting for the Wimborne defence make a mistake. In the middle of the second half they crumbled to the pressure and stepped off their players and Emily Austin made a superb pass to Rachael Bustin who made the score 2-2 in the second half.
Weymouth came out fighting even more and kept piling on the pressure, with shots on goal by all the strikers, unfortunately all being saved by the Wimborne keeper. This led to the final score being 2-2 and a disappointed Weymouth.