Ladies 1s (2) vs (2) New Milton

Scorers: Jenner, Olingschlaeger

In the early morning frost, Romsey took on experienced division 1 team New Milton.

Romsey started brightly, passing around with confidence around the team, and making several forays through the visitors defence.

New Milton were not to be disheartened and began to find their feet with some pacey attacks that troubled the home side. With the game teetering in the balance, it was New Milton who took the lead and with it Romsey’s confidence wained, resulting in a tough 10mins for the home side.

Romsey dug deep, and took the fight to New Milton, with Amy Edwards making runs deep into the New Milton defence and Kate Moss linking up with the wingers. Romsey pressed hard until a mistake was made. The resulting short corner was neatly taken by Erica Jenner, firing a drag flick into the goal.

Second half, and again Romsey began brightly with a little more belief. The home side took a well deserved lead after pressure from Emily Slade and Jenner turned over the ball in the middle of the pitch. That unleashed Emily Bradshaw, who’s probing run opened the New Milton defence, and slipped a delightful ball into the path of the ever eager Kate Olingschlaeger, who dispatched a first time shot that rocketed past the keeper.

Romsey couldn’t continue their good form, and spent the remainder of the game under heavy pressure from New Milton. Lapses of concentration lead to a couple of cards, and Romsey were down to 10players to finish the game. New Milton found the equaliser, and upped the pressure.

Romsey held out for the draw, achieved mainly thanks to the incredible goalkeeping of player of the match Selena Cox. Cox made several vital saves, bravely coming out to deal with the danger, coping with a string of short corners and saving a penalty flick awarded late in the game.

Captain Liz Forbes said, “we fought valiantly throughout, and although pleased with a point, we’ll be looking to improve our concentration for next time out”.

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