With only two games remaining we arrived at St Mary’s looking to put in a solid performance against Matlock.
It was a glorious Saturday morning and with the sun shining we started well, putting together some good runs and dominating possession. We were pressing hard in the first half and had five short corners in quick succession, but all to no avail! As the half continued on Matlock came back into the game more but at half time it was still 0-0.
With the girls enjoying the sun and a half time team talk from Harry we knew we needed to start the second half as strongly as we had done the first. Things didn’t go to plan though as Matlock ran up the pitch and scored within the first couple of minutes. 1-0 Matlock!
Although we were a goal down our heads didn’t drop and we kept up our passing game and were rewarded soon after with another short corner. Kara pushed the ball out to Rachel who hit it in. 1-1!
Keeping up the pressure we continued to push forward and were rewarded with another goal within a few minutes. The second also came from a short corner, with Kara pushing the ball out to Jo who took the shot which was blocked by Matlock’s keeper. The rebound came out to Rachel who did a lovely flick to chip the ball into the top of the goal. 2-1!
The second half wasn’t over yet though and Matlock reapplied the pressure on us with a succession of short corners. Our defence held firm though and the final whistle went with an excellent team performance and 2-1 win for Staveley.
Player of the Match went to Sarah who had a fantastic game on the right wing.