Glynhill Ladies Win Again

Western Wildcats 2 - 3 Glynhill Kelburne

This was a must win game for a Kelburne side keen to restore their position in the top half of the table.  The nerves seemed to get the better of a lot of the Kelburne girls though as they got off to a very shaky start.  All over the pitch, basic skills were missing and the team could not string more than two passes together.  The Wildcats team made the most of this and within ten minutes they converted an easy chance.  A long ball through found an unmarked forward in the Kelburne circle and the ball was easily slotted home from close range.  Kelburne managed to create a couple of chances in the form of penalty corners.  But a combination of some good defending and some poor Kelburne communication meant the chances came and went.  The half time score was 1-0 to the Wildcats and Kelburne were fortunate not to be further behind.

The half time break gave Kelburne the chance to regroup and refocus. A new tactic, 'half court', was adopted for the second half.  They did start a lot brighter but it remained a scrappy game.  Kelburne were back in the contest quite quickly as Rachel Ewing scored a brilliant reverse stick goal.  A scramble in the Wildcats goalmouth led to the ball being illegally stopped on the line.  Kate Longbotham stepped up to take the flick but was denied by the Wildcats keeper.  It wasn't long until Kelburne did make it 2-1 with another composed finish by Ewing.  The game got stretched at this point and Kelburne were fortunate that Wildcats were again reduced to ten.  A fast break by the Wildcats resulted in a one on one with the Kelburne keeper and according to the umpire Cath Rae in goal took the player rather than the ball.  Justice was done though, when Rae made a great save to maintain their lead.  Following this, some good build up play down the right by the midfield lead to the ball being hit hard across the circle and a diving Ewing deftly touched the ball into the goal for her hat trick.

With less than ten minutes remaining, Wildcats got their second when the ball was played hard into the circle and found its way through to a player at the back post.  The closing moments of the game were tense but Kelburne managed to hang on for the vital three points.

Match Report: Kate Longbotham