Once harshly dubbed the worst team in Britain by Central TV; the mighty Mitch demonstrated how far they have come with a superb demonstration of attacking football.
Playing in an unfamilar formation; they took the attack to Abbeymead from the off; Emma Williams and Maine Turley looking extremely dangerous.
Mitch took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 9th minute; when full back Mandy Brown hit the ball from the halfway line; the ball bounced over the Abbeymead keeper.
Mitch started to keep the ball on the ground; and some of the passing moves really started to pay dividends; especially down the left side where Williams and Clare Ward and Turley were linking well. The second goal came; through Turley.
Amie Robertshaw was showing her potential on her League debut; and was matching Turley with some great runs and some deft little touches.
Abbeymead were making sure this wasn’t a one sided game, Paige Ible looking dangerous with her pace on the left; making some very good counter attacks; but the Mitch defence looked quite solid.
Before halftime Turley picked up her second goal; to take a 3 – 0 lead at halftime; as well as hitting the post with a wicked shot.
The magic fingers of Coach Bev Smith were needed at halftime for Williams and Turley; who had both started the game with slight groin strains.
The second half continued with some lovely moves, with Aimee Robertshaw so unlucky not to open her account; with a little bit of luck she could have had a hatrick; her contribution during the game was immense some of her running and deft touches were excellent.
Turley continued to torment the Abbeymead defence, eventually grabbing a hat trick.
Abbeymead manager Ross Langworthy then made a tactical change that his left back go upfront; this resulted in her grabbing a goal for Abbeymead.
Mitch made 2 changes; which saw Sam Anderson drop to right back which seemed to blunt the Abbeymead attack where they were starting to get a bit of success.
Player of the match Jade Powell. then hit a 20 yard screamer;from a superb layoff by Clare Ward to clinch the fixture.
Superb performance by Mitch and credit must go to Abbeymead for continuing to keep their same spirit and not giving up.
Mitcheldean Manager Phil Ellaway said, “This was a cracking match; my new Club versus my Old Club”. Ellaway was Coach at Abbeymead for two years before taking the reins at Mitcheldean in June this year; “i think the Fixtures Secretary had a sense of humour making this our first fixture of the season”
“I’m very proud of the team today; I asked them to play in a new formation; which they did really well although we probably won’t use it again,great performances all through the team today”
Mitcheldean travel to AEK Boco next Sunday.