Newbury Ladies Football
Match Report -- Season 2018-19
Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League
Division 2 South
Sunday 10 March 2019
Newbury Ladies Development 1 Westward Wanderers 1
Newbury Ladies FC Development Team took on fellow Division Two South team, Westwood Wanderers. The sides had not met before this season, so there was a period of sizing each other up after the kick off, but then gradually Westwood began to have more of the play. Newbury’s passing was not up to their usual standard and so their back line was put under a lot of pressure, with Saide Gulliver required to make several crucial tackles in Newbury’s final third. Then after only 19 minutes, Newbury Development were forced into a re-shuffle at the back, with Megan Kirby picking up an ankle injury and so she needed to be replaced by Claire Turley. The first half continued in much the same vein, with the better possession and chances going to Westwood, and Bec Walker cutting a solitary figure up front for Newbury, with no real service.

A psychological blow was then dealt to the home side just on the stroke of half time, when a Westwood player was afforded too much time and space in the box. With Gulliver already dragged out of position, the striker was allowed to turn and shoot, and her placement was perfect, the ball finding the top corner and it was impossible for the keeper to get near it. Too good and it gave Westwood a significant one nil lead at the break.

The momentum changed after the interval, with Newbury’s players now able to get more to grips with the game and they began to find more of their passing rhythm. Although much of the play was now in the Westwood half, Newbury were unable to find a breakthrough or get back on level terms, despite plenty of work rate and effort. With substitute, Kelly Killick, particularly shining for Newbury in midfield in the second half. But the clock was already beginning to tick down and with time running out, as the 90 minutes approached, it was looking more and more like the visitors had done enough to claim a big one nil victory. However, Nicole Beesley had other ideas for Newbury. Time and again she was terrorising the Westwood defenders with runs and dribbles into the box. And then in the 82nd minute, Beesley did draw a foul inside the area from a dazed Westwood defender. There was definite contact and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Newbury had a penalty and a lifeline late into the game.

Beesley herself stepped up to take the spot kick and she struck the ball low and hard to the keeper’s left, seeing it hit the back of the net and scoring the equaliser that Newbury Development surely deserved after their improved second half display. Sadly for Newbury, there was not quite enough time left to add another goal, and so the 1-1 draw was a fair reflection on an even contest.

Match Report by Sue Hewett

Players: Marie Prout, Amy Lambden (Capt), Saide Gulliver, Claire Turley, Nicole Pearce, Megan Kirby, Nicole Beesley, Maria Rodrigues, Sam Richards, Sam McConnon, Bec Walker, Issy Cording, Kelly Killick, Lauren Sheldon, Hazel Beesley.
Referee: Mark Bullock
Goal scorers
Nicole Beesley (pen, 72 mins)
Player of the match
Kelly Killick
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