What do we have to do to beat our bogey team? Totally dominating the first half and yet still going behind twice. Going ahead and winning 3 – 2 with 7 minutes to go and still losing. To quote a certain Mr. Ferguson ‘Football, bloody football!’
Both teams came into the game with unblemished records but it was Wyrley who dominated yet still went behind when an attempted clearance from Saff Hicken went to the Rugeley forward after she unfortunately lost her footing. Wyrley continued to play lovely passing football and a tremendous move led to Jemma Clews having a shot blocked before she cooly chipped the loose ball into the far corner.
Unfortunately, straight from the kick off no challenge was made on the advancing midfield player who finished well. Back to the Wyrley pressure! Clews had another shot well saved by the Rugeley keeper, who pushed a snap shot round the post. Rachel Hall had another chance but chose to use her right foot when her left would have been a better choice. She made amends with the goal of the game – if not the season. She moved inside from the left and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner. Emily Quimby prompted the front two well and Hayley Turner kept the left back busy. Nia Jay had little to do in the first half – but still had to pick the ball out of the net twice!
Laura Cumberledge came on for the hard working Cath Davis and had a number of chances in the second half. Emily Downes had a great game at right back, with Leah Fanning supporting Hayley down the left. Amy Marshall worked hard alongside Saff in central defence. With 15 minutes to go a Quimby corner led to a scramble and numerous cleared half shots before the ball reached Beth Crook on the edge of the box. Her hard hit shot deflected past the keeper.
Wyrley surely had won the game their flowing football deserved but credit to Rugeley – they came back and two scrappy goals, that should have been cleared, clinched the points.
The game was played in fine spirit and it was nice to hear a Rugeley parent say at the end ‘Great game – your girls played some excellent football in the first half.’
Girls – great effort today – you were the better footballing team but goals win matches unfortunately.