This fixture over the years has given both teams victories, ups and downs and today’s game was no different, even though the circumstances were tough for all concerned. Jade Yates from Bilbrook unfortunately lost her fight against leukaemia last week. Jades family and Bilbrook players wished the game to be played and their wishes were respected, as was the minutes silence held before kickoff.
Wyrley started brightly enough and were rewarded on 5 mins with a wicked 35 yd volley from Tash which dipped under the bar 0-1. This was the signal for Wyrley to switch off and sit back thinking the game was over. 16 mins Bilbrook battled for every ball closed Wyrley down and deserved the equalizer which was a sweet low drive which shot under Lauren 1-1. The rest of the half was a mixture of head tennis and strolling around in the sun.
The second half started with Wyrley trying to gain the advantage but Bilbrook’s keeper was resilient in goal, claiming balls left right and centre. Sophie, Leanne, Kelly and Tash all had shots but nothing seemed to be getting past the keeper. 55 mins a counter attack caught out Jody, Kirsty, Ash and Sarah leaving Lauren no chance to keep out the well driven shot 2-1. 67 mins more attacks from Wyrley, pinball in the box, corner after corner and Sophie eventually managed to lob the keeper and draw Wyrley level 2-2. Chelsea was replaced by Vikki, Leanne by Charlie and Sarah by Natalie. Bilbrook had several counter attacks and eventually got their 3rd with 5 mins left.
Bilbrook started the game unbeaten at home, Wyrley were unbeaten away, so something had to give. In my opinion Bilbrook wanted the win more and deserved it the way they played.
Wyrley still need a win to secure the league title and with 2 games remaining need to pick up the pace.
Bilbrook have commented on your tribute and the way you played what was a very hard, emotional game for all concerned. Once again our thoughts are with Jades family and Bilbrook’s players during this time.
The Cup final is 15th May v Bilbrook.