Mitcheldean officially unveiled their new strip new today in a friendly with Oldland Abbotonians. The strip has no sponsor’s logo instead it has a poignant reminder of their previous manager Jer Randall who sadly passed away during last season. Jer’s family were present at the game.
The game was played at an excellent pace, despite the fact it was very hot on the pitch. Oldland from the South West Premier League played a superb passing game; which the Mitcheldean back four seemed to be able to cope with for the first 25 minutes. The team were playing in a new formation; which the players said they were struggling with, but it didn’t actually show the pitch.
Mitcheldean came close from a corner when Jade Powell hit an inswinging corner kick, which the Oldland keeper just managed to push onto the crossbar. Emma Williams on the left wing was also having some good runs; but the majority of possession was Oldlands.
The first goal came when an Oldland corner was headed back towards her own goal by Sarah Williams; keeper Liann Bennett parried up in the air; full back Mandy Brown headed off the line; the ball bounced around before being smashed in the net.
Mitcheldean replied when striker Maine Turley, challenged for the ball with the Oldland centre back, both went to the floor; but Turley kept her head got up quickly and passed the ball to strike partner Jade Powell, who one on one with the keeper kept her head to put the ball in the corner of the net.
The game then continued, with Oldland having the lions share of possession. Liann Bennett made some superb saves; and the back four defended very well.
Oldland retook the lead with a goal that had a suspicion of offside about it, but a long pass through the middle to the Oldland striker saw her run through and score past Bennett. Mitcheldean kept going, and Emma Williams had several good runs down the left.
Oldlands third was a cracking long shot.
At the end of the game Mitcheldean manager Phil Ellaway said ” I’m very proud of the team today; playing against a team three steps higher in the pyramid; they held their own for long periods of the game. We tried a new formation; which they’ve never tried before; but they did quite well with it; we’ll go back to training now and discuss if we will continue with it. But on the whole, a very good performance; I’m really pleased”.
Player of the match was Liann Bennett
Team: L.Bennett, N.Cannock, S.Williams, S.Davis, A.Brown, S.Anderson, C.Harding, A.McEvoy, E.Williams, C.Turley, J.Powell.