This week we played last season’s Division 2 North League Champions, Wealdstone Reserves (their 1st team is in the league above so they weren’t promoted). Unfortunately due to some late drop-outs we only had 11 players compared to their seemingly hundred-strong squad! We got off to a great start, forcing their keeper into a save when Annika volleyed (kneed!) a great corner from Emily. They scored a couple of goals before Lisa, so strong in defence, sadly picked up an injury. We went down to 10 for a while as Lisa searched in our first aid kit for some magic that’d get her back on the pitch. Eleisha dropped into goal and pulled off some truly magical saves – one in particular that Peter Cech would be proud of! We got another corner after some great play up the left. The first was cleared for another and the second was the stuff of dreams. Struck left-footed by Emily, the ball bounced beautifully off Annika’s head and into the net for our first goal of the season! Gooooooaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllll. Then they scored some more, and more, and more… but ANYWAY. They scored 11 in the end and we scored 1 but we, once again, were gracious in defeat and wished our opponents well for the season. Big hats off to Bonnie for winning player of the match on her debut game, Lisa for sacrificing herself for us and playing in goal when she could barely move and Eline for running tirelessly after the ball as our lone striker and chasing down their goalie right to the end.
Onwards and upwards…