The coaching team felt yet again everyone played well. Two girls that stood out in this match were Darcie Humphreys and Lily Sanger Energetic and playing hard the whole match.
This weeks player of the match was Lily Sanger. Congratulations Lily great match.
In hindsight perhaps the game shouldn’t have gone ahead due to the condition of the pitch and the heavy rain that was forecast and arrived bang on cue. Oakwood started the game attacking the swimming pool end, which may explain the countless ‘subs’ brought on by Southwater Royals during the game. In fact, the last time I saw that many subs I was ordering a foot long Turkey and Ham with cheese not toasted at a well known high street outlet.
Oakwood started brightly with Elle Ritchie pushing through in the first minute with the Southwater keeper making the save. In 18th minute Oakwood went 1-0 up when Ella Ritchie scored after being put through by Darcie Humphreys, unfortunately 4 minutes later Southwater made it 1-1 when a speculative cross ended up in the back of the net. In 33rd minute Oakwood regained the led with a great run by Lily Sanger shaking off the defender and rounding the keeper before dispatching the ball into the roof the the net. 2 minutes later Southwater got an equaliser after another cross was met at the back post by the attacker to poke home. Deep into stoppage time Southwater made it 3-2 when a run though the defence was dispatched from the edge of the area into the net.
The second half was much of the same with Oakwood controlling the game for long periods. Again due to the conditions a cross evaded the Oakwood defence and was met at the back post to put Southwater 4-2 up against n 41st minute. 2 minutes later Oakwood got a penalty which was calmly put away by Ella Ritchie making it 4-3. 11 minutes later Oakwood got their deserved equaliser when Darcie Humphreys ran through the defence to put the ball to the keepers right to make it 4-4. Again, 4 minutes later another cross led to a goal as Southwater went 5-4 up. In 67th minute Southwater got a sixth. The final whistle went and Oakwood fell to a second defeat to Southwater.
In summary, a game Oakwood, should off, could off and deserved to win. In normal conditions and a better pitch Oakwood would have moved the ball around like we know they can. Communication is key and the girls need to be a bit more vocal with each another and be confident in their own ability and what better way to put Sunday result behind them than victory bat Eastbourne in the next fixture.