A fantastic team performance from the Ladies 3s, with excellent efforts from the whole squad to track back and win the ball from the opposition. Our efforts paid off early in the first half, with great build up play enabling Phoebe Emmans to score a quick tap-in goal. At half time, the score was 2-1 but everyone remained calm. Fran, Jemma M and Amy showed great strength in defence, along with a goal line save from Nic. The midfield and forwards worked hard for each other, creating many chances that were unlucky not to hit the backboard. A great last minute short corner delivery from Amy and deflection from Sylvia sealed a well deserved victory for the Bees.
Final Score: 4-1 Win
Players of the Match: Nic Wakeland
Next Week: Home vs Nottingham Players Ladies 1s (5pm pushback)
Final Score: 5-1 Loss
Next Week: Away vs SBU 1 (12noon pushback)
Ladies 5s took on mid-table Newark 3s this week, in an end to end game. The 5s, again, found the back of the goal first, with a lovely effort from Emma Self, only for Newark to follow suit 10 minutes later. The game was very even, with possession split 50/50, when Newark made a sudden break to score a second goal. Undeterred, the 5s pressed on, earning a short corner just before half time. Nat Bowman & Harriett Barker took advantage of this opportunity to bring the Bees level, and at the half time whistle the scores were level, 2-2. At half time, conversation turned to better setting the press and asking the Bees forwards to stay high up the pitch. This gave the 5s more possession, but couldn’t save the tired legs, which Newark took advantage off and slotted another 3 goals home. Then, with 30 seconds to go, the Bees were on the attack, breaking into the Newark D and finding the goal to end the game at a more respectable 5-3. A special mention to Abi Parker, who continues her return from injury, making her debut for the 5s this week by keeping them in the game with some cracking saves.
Final Score: 5-3 Loss
Player of the Match: Nat Bowman & Harriett Barker
Next Week: Home vs Uni of Nottingham 4s (4:30pm pushback)
The Bees travelled over to Hucknall this week to take on a very experienced Woodthorpe. After a disappointing last few games, the Bees were out to show what they’re made of, with coach Sue Moore on the side for moral support and guidance. The 6s started off well, dominating possession and territory, using both wings to get the ball into the D. It took a while, but a superb cross in by Rachel Hampson allowed EmJ Ellis to open the scoring. Woodthorpe are not a team to sit back and let the opposition walk over them though, and some powerful clearances from their defence saw the ball soon in the Beeston half and the Bees outnumbered in defence. Despite the best efforts of the defence and keeper Anais Olley, Woodthorpe scored a goal of their own to bring the scores level. The Bees persisted though, moving the ball well in attack to put the Woodthorpe defence under pressure. A disallowed short corner goal spurred the ladies on to create opportunity after opportunity, scoring a second on the stroke of half time. A rousing Sue Moore half time talk, the girls went out for the second half with heads held high, knowing this was theirs for the taking. Unfortunately, the 6s were again caught on the break, allowing Woodthorpe to score a 2nd goal, to again bring the scores level. The game was not over though, the Bees rallied, piling the pressure on Woodthorpe, stemming their attacks in their own half. Well into the second half, EmJ Ellis returned the favour, sending a lovely ball into the D for Rachel to slot home. Ahead once again, the 6s were determined not to let their lead slip from their grasp again. They defended high, focused on possession in attack and maintained a high tempo to see the game out and give them their first win of 2018.
Final Score: 3-2 Win
Player of the Match: Charlotte Warman, Heather Sharp & Rachel Hampson
Next Week: Away vs NTU 2 (10am pushback)
Next Week: Away vs Woodthorpe (11am pushback)