Mitcheldean Ladies had a bad start to their preparation to this County League Division Two match, as half the team got lost en route. The game eventually kicking off 15 minutes late. Although some good news broke, as goalkeeper Liann Bennett was on her way and would arrive for the second half.
Emma Cooke made her League debut; and immediately demonstrated her team spirit by playing in goal to start the game. Making one exceptional save when a Boco forward broke through, Cooke was quickly out and smothered the shot. Cooke showed that she is a pretty good keeper.
In the all too brief pre match talk, the midfield pairing of Clare Ward and Aimee McEvoy were asked to work really hard in midfield; and they did that and more. As did the rest of the team.
Boco were very quick, and moved the ball well; in the first half Mitcheldean appeared really tense; and when clearing their lines Boco were recovering the ball, all too easily. By half time Boco were 3 – 0 up. A cheer went up as Liann Bennett arrived; but due to a hamstring strain to Nicky Cannock; the pack had to be reshuffled; with Bennett going into midfield replacing Chris Harding, Cannock into goal. Ward moved to right midfield, with Sam Anderson going back to right back; with Cooke moving from goal to partner Maine Turley up front..
The game continued in a similar vein to the first half; but Mitcheldean appeared more relaxed; and seemed to be enjoying the game. Cannock suddenly demonstrated that she was actually no slouch in goal with a couple of good saves. Boco realised she had a problem and were trying to chip her on ocassions; but the centre back pairing of Sarah Williams and Steph Davis pushed up to try and counter that.
Bennett was making an impact in midfield; giving away a penalty; then on the positives hitting the bar with a cracking shot; which she claims went over the line, just like Lampards it wasn’t given, before getting a consolation goal with a real belter of a shot.
The game finished 7 – 1 to Boco
Manager Phil Ellaway said “Last week we saw the attacking side of our play, this week we saw the gritty gutsy side of the team.
The scoreline wasn’t great; but the performance was very good; the work rate by the whole team was excellent, as was the team spirit; we can build on that performance”.
Player of the match was Steph Davis.
Team: E.Cooke, N.Cannock,S.Williams, S.Davis, A.Brown, S.Anderson, A.McEvoy, C.Ward, E.Williams, C.Harding, C.Turley sub: L.Bennett