Staveley ladies arrived at Ilkeston pitch on a chilly January morning for their first game back after the Christmas break.
After a quick warm up, a shoddy one at that without the scalderbank special, 10 ‘ladies’ charged the pitch, raring to go.
Despite being a player down, staveley held their own incredibly well, being on the attack for the most part. With Alice starting us off with some brilliant tackles and passes to Kara on the left, Rachel and had a tough job at getting past the keeper but still managed some shots on target, whilst Annabelle held a good position in the D ready to sweep it in. Little legs, aka Jen fought like a machine to drive the ball up to the attackers. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be, and soon enough Ilkeston got a break and scored their first, plus a few more.
After a quick half time natter, it was agreed that Jo wasn’t breaking a sweat and we needed her in midfield. The defence defended very well indeed, batting away most of Ilkeston’s attempts. Holly tackled the bejesus out of their attackers whilst Yso was thinking with her feet and playing with her heart. Hannah did a superb job at staving away most of the goals. Sadly, they did score some more.
With one last attempt at goal, Jo stormed the length of the pitch with a great pass to Rachel just minutes before full time, unfortunately leg cramp got the better of her and she collapsed in a heap on the ground, we didn’t realise she was so hurt because she took herself off quietly until she felt better. The game ensued, and with 20 seconds left we were awarded a short corner, it was someone’s great idea to get the whole team up into the D to help. As the shot was taken, Ilkeston broke free and charged our empty defence and scored. Oops, better luck next time staveley.
Players: Hannah, Yso, Hollt, Jo, Rachel, Kara, Gina, Alice, Annabelle, little legs (aka Jen)
Score: nobody remembers
MOM: deservedly, Hannah Matchett
Next author of the match report goes to Hannah Matchett