First game of the season and we were welcomed to Ripley with wind, rain and 10 degrees; that’ll be Autumn here then! ☔️.
But the new look Staveley side started brightly despite the conditions and were quickly on top penning AVH in their half and restricting the opposition to counter attacks, although they did continue to look dangerous on the break. Pressure counted however and Staveley took a deserved lead only for AVH to hit back quickly from a short corner. Again Staveley pressed forward regaining the lead and the see-saw continued with AVH breaking through midfield and levelling up at 2-2 with a good finish on the break. Staveley reacted with a tactical switch sitting Andrea in a defensive midfield role and this paid off by interrupting the flow of AVH counter attacks and keeping pressure in the AVH half. Great inter-play and quick passing saw Staveley deservedly add 2 more goals before the break with a number of other chances and Hoppy largely untroubled at the other end. Half time 4-2 to Staveley.
2nd half started open again and Hoppy called into action turning away chances for AVH but Staveleys team shape, pace and power going forward was beginning to tell adding goals 5, 6 & 7 and effectively sealing the win. To their credit AVH still pushed forward and nicked a third but by this stage Staveley were in command; Hoppy largely a spectator, Izzy, Holly & Yso dominating their attackers, Andrea, Loz, Vaughny, Ruth & Kelly dominating midfield with Ella and Grace’s energy & enthusiasm down the wings. The game was stretched wide open by now and super passing & movement saw Staveley go on to add 3 more clinically taken goals through Vaughny, Ruth & Grace (on her first XI debut!) to finish up comfortable 10-3 winners & with newly promoted AVH overwhelmed. AVH nominated Grace as MOM; well done you 👏🏻 and congratulations to all the team on a super start to the season!🏑😃
Goal scorers: Ruth (3), Loz (3), Lindsay (2), Grace (1), Kelly (1)