Wellingborough Ladies 1st XI (4) - (4) Kettering 2s


Wellingborough Ladies 1s, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, travelled to Kettering for the first league game of the 2017/18 season. The sun was shining, and after a 3-2 win in a friendly against Long Buckby last week, Boro Ladies were on a high and eager to get back out on the pitch.

Wellingborough Ladies 1s, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, travelled to Kettering for the first league game of the 2017/18 season.  The sun was shining, and after a 3-2 win in a friendly against Long Buckby last week, Boro Ladies were on a high and eager to get back out on the pitch.

The match got off to a great start, with Boro making the most of the speed and skill of Millie Beesley and Emily Burton up the right wing.  However Kettering had a great defence and managed to block attacks on the circle from all angles, no matter how much Boro pushed.

Despite great experience in the defensive back line, Boro were outnumbered during the strong and fast breaks from the Kettering forwards, and lost a couple of goals in quick succession.  Heads did not go down though – Boro knew that they had to keep going until the half time whistle where they could re-group and strategise.  Just before the half-time whistle, an unlucky series of events led to a 3rd Kettering goal, leaving the half-time score a 3-0 loss.

It must have been the half-time oranges (kindly supplied by Jo Chapman), because in the second half, Boro were a new team.  The energy of Jo Chapman and Jane Valentino in midfield spurred on the team, and Jemima Shanks’ excellent 1-2 play with Chapman down the left wing bewildered the Kettering side.  Boro successfully stretched Kettering’s defence and Millie Beesley scored Boro’s 1st goal of the game.

Relief set in and Boro calmed down, knowing that fitness would prevail during the second half. Boro’s well-drilled short corner routines have served them well throughout seasons past, and this year appears to be no different.  A quick 3-touch routine took the Boro attackers around the Kettering defenders and Kelly Rust slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Kettering were clearly shaken, and Boro’s pre-season fitness and skills sessions came into play.  Some great switching from defenders Ella Valentino, Pauline Woodthorpe, Lizzie Mead and Emily Burton managed to keep the ball out of the Wellingborough circle and pushed the ball up to the waiting attackers. Boro looked strong and Millie (despite claiming to be unfit) ran the length of the pitch after a swiftly taken free hit, to score her second of the game, and Boro drew level with Kettering 3-3.

A Kettering short corner conceded in the 2nd half (after several failed attempts to stop an excellent run through our defence) allowed Kettering to sneak the ball past GK Sheila Nunn, putting Kettering ahead once again.  Determined not to allow a loss at such a late stage in the game, Boro rallied, and all defenders pushed up the pitch, supporting the attacking prowess of Sue Langley and Kelly Rust, with some excellent 1-2 manoeveres in the centre of the pitch.  Millie Beesley once again showed her skill as she created a penalty corner opportunity in the dying minutes. 

Perhaps this will go down in history as the most perfectly executed Boro Ladies short corner.  A perfect routine allowed Jo Chapman and Millie Beesley to man the posts and direct the ball fluidly around the Kettering goalkeeper to slot it perfectly into the corner of the goal - a hatrick for Millie.  An incredible comeback from the Boro team, drawing 4-4 at the final whistle. 

Man of the Match: Millie Beesley

 

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