The ladies BWWPL season opened with an away fixture at Welsh Wanderers, traditionally a tough place for our ladies to play, even more so this time as we were playing without Poppy our GK and Anashe, two of our British league star players.
Anna and Eleanor ‘volunteered’ to share the goalkeeping duties. Lucy scored the first goal of the season with a fantastic near post bounce shot to convert our first extra player situation. We traded goals for the rest of first half and neither team were able to gain an advantage for more than a couple of minutes.
A great team ethic in defence and lots of hard work meant that both teams were still level with just a few minutes to go in the fourth period. Harriet had dominated defensively until picking up 3 exclusions in 3 consecutive defences. Anna (when not in goal) and Emily were always a threat in attack. Nyxon, Eleanor and Kiera worked extremely well both in attack and defence, often against much more experienced players. Lou, Lucy and Sophie continued to drive the attack forward and looked dangerous on the counter attack.
Sophie produced the goal of the game with a fantastic backhand from the wing that flew into the top corner before the Welsh GK even reacted. Unfortunately even this wasn’t quite enough as eventually our 9 players ran out of steam. The Welsh girls scoring 2 unanswered goals in the final minutes to win 10-8.
Overall it was a great start to the season that showed the experience our team has gained in their successful British League campaigns.