Ruislip Rangers Clarets 3
Goalscorer’s Angie 2 Becky 1
GOMs Angie & Eve Mc
Ruislip Rangers Clarets 5
Goalscorer’s Aurela 2 Angie 2 Eve S 1
GOM Aurela & Becky
With the league title ours to lose, we faced a double header. These are always a potential banana skin but we were also playing Wycombe, who always give us a tough game, fight for everything and make us work really hard. So first game and a great start. The girls were really focused and took the game to Wycombe with several half chances before Angie latched onto a lovely pass from Becky to make it 1-0. Continued pressure from our girls resulted in Angie pouncing on a miskicked clearance and it was 2-0 at half time.
The second half much of the same with Millie, Eve, Issy and Paige shutting up shop. So much so that Farren, in the first Half, and Lili, in the second, had a few clearances to make. Our third goal was typical of how we were playing all match with Abi, Evie And Becky battling and winning the ball in midfield and linking up with our front two, Reanna and Angie. This time it was Evie who made a through pass to Angie who laid it out for Becky to take it in her stride and crash it home for 3-0. That will do, halfway there
The second game was much of the same although, at first, With Wycombe defending for their lives we were exploiting spaces with some great passes out to the wings. It was from one of these that Aurela beat a player and lashed it in. Phew! 1-0. Next goal was much the same. A pass from Angie, who beat two players, managed to keep her feet and, just keeping the ball in, crossed it into Aurela 2-0. Next up was a role reversal. Aurela battling away, nicking the the ball and passing to Angie 3-0. Then Eve S picked the ball up after winning a challenge deep in our half. She charged upfield with no one able to keep up with her. Past the last two defenders and buried the ball in the back of the net 4-0. Angle then added a fifth to complete the scoring.
While the scorelines may look impressive, I and the girls can tell you Wycombe gave us a real test and didn’t let us have it all our own way. The two performances today were probably the best we have played. Time and time again we were finding Becky Aurela and Abi on the wings who were beating their defenders and getting the ball into the box. Also what was really great was the balance and teamwork that comes from the girls with loads of unselfish and hard graft going into the complete performance. Issy was back to her best taking players on. Eve and Millie just shutting everything out defensively and really focused on their responsibilities Evie Mc., Abi and Becky battling away and dominating midfield. Plus our forwards Angie, Paige, Reanna and Aurela linking up, laying the ball off to each other or out to the wings. Finally, of course, our two Keepers, Farren and Lili who, when the ball did get through, had their positioning, anticipation and distribution spot on.
Definitely a good day at the office. A win at Moretonville and the league is ours. Fingers and everything else crossed! Then the Semi Final of the cup against Wycombe. Methinks that will be another tough challenge.
Lastly many thanks to Vince our linesman and Richie who was pitch marshal and 30 seconds away from being Ref 🙂 Moretonville here we come!