Wyrley visit the top of the league Cottage Farm, who are unbeaten so far this season scoring 18 and conceding none. Would Wyrley put a stop to that today? The answer was yes, on 5 mins Hayley T took off down the wing, cut across the defender and smashed home nearly bursting the back of the net with her powerful shot 0-1. More pressure form Wyrley was rewarded on 10 mins when Leanne was free in the box and chipped the keeper 0-2. Cottage upped their game and started to get back into the game, which Wyrley made easy for them by taking their foot off the gas slightly. Wyrley held on, twice clearing off the line, till 40 mins when they split the defence and left Lauren stranded to hit an open goal 1-2. Cottage were unlucky 1 min later when they hit the crossbar. Bring on half time.
It was a different game in the second half when Cottage equalised 3 mins after kick off, and seemed more interested in the Wyrley players than the ball. Hayley T was taken out several times mainly due to her pace. Tash rode several challenges to get the ball up field. Hayley B, Kirsty, Ash and Cathy were worked hard by the pressing attacks and had difficulty clearing the ball out of defence. Tash, Emily, Hayley T, and Shelly were not given any time on the ball and resulted in miss kicks or pushed off the ball. Leanne and Sophie were kept very quiet and left chasing for scraps. 55 mins Hayley was once again fouled on the edge of the box by a nasty two footed challenge that was going unpunished by the referee, but the eventual free kick was rifled home by Tash 2-3. Cottage went straight back on the attack and were back on level terms 4 mins later. Leah came on for Hayley B and Jemma replaced Shelly. The rest of the game was very much attack and counter attack with both sides guilty of missed chances. Hayley T was clipped, kicked, pushed and generally bullies off the ball, but went back time and time again in search of a winning goal. She was once again bought down in the box, with a mistimed tackle, but the referee judged Hayley to have taken ‘another dive’ even though she had the marks to prove otherwise, and was booked for apparently using foul and abusive language when he told her to get up. Hayley denied this. Not satisfied with his 1 yellow card he promptly booked Tash for holding, at least I think that’s what it was for. Having watched some of Cottages tackles and the most they were punished with was a stern word, I was mistakenly under the impression he had left his cards at home. A costly mistake for Wyrley.
Some nice football was attempted at times by Wyrley and were unlucky not to snatch a winner. Heads up girls.