Our heroes got off to a sluggish start and a lack of confidence that certainly showed; despite some great saves from goalkeeper extraordinaire, Hannah Matchett, AV were up by 3 pretty quick.
In what I can only describe as the longest 35 minutes of my life, Amber Valley capitalised on some confusing calls and put a few more goals away in quick succession. We grumbled and our heads dropped as we trooped off at half time. 6-0, I think.
After a positive team talk and some metaphorical slate wiping, Staveley came out roaring, only to concede again within 30 seconds. Cue more slate wiping and the real Staveley 2nds finally showed up. We started to stretch AV’s players out, with some full-on defending from Holly, Grace and Izzy and good passing and movement all the way up the pitch.
A spell of consecutive short corners followed and we were unlucky not to put any goals in the net. Caught on the break, AV scored again, but not before even more heroics from La Matchett.
Despite injuries for Sarah Calderbank, Catherine Hill and in the last seconds, Kelly Thring, Staveley troubled the Amber Valley girls in the second half and whilst the final scoreline of 10-0 suggests a thrashing, we battled hard.
Well done everyone, especially uber-keeper Hannah Matchett who scooped this week’s Man of the Match, voted for by the opposition no less. Thoroughly deserved.
Onwards and upwards people!!