Newbury Ladies Football
Match Report -- Season 2018-19
Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League
Division 2 South
Sunday 17 March 2019
Stanford-in-the-Vale Women 0
Newbury Ladies Development 2
Newbury Ladies FC Development Team travelled full of confidence to Stanford for a league encounter, but the strong windy conditions meant it was a tough afternoon’s work for both teams. Newbury started very brightly however, with the dynamic Kelly Killick involved in every attack. The scoring was opened inside four minutes, when a quick move down the left, saw Claire Turley link well with Nicole Beesley. Beesley’s cross into the box, snuck inside the far post and this gave Newbury an early one nil lead.

Stanford’s defence and goalkeeper were definitely put under pressure during the rest of the first half, but Newbury were unable to add to their tally, despite having numerous chances. So it remained one nil to the visitors at the break.

From the re-start, Newbury pressed again and won an early corner after good work from Lauren Sheldon and Issy Cording. It was then Sheldon who steered her header just wide of the upright from a Nicole Beesley corner. So again, Stanford escaped. Then in the 54th minute, Newbury did double their advantage when a Maria Rodrigues close range shot was blocked by a defender. There were strong Newbury appeals for a ‘handball’ and a penalty, but before anyone else had any time to react, Issy Cording pounced on the loose ball to stab home from 5 yards. The goal stood and the Newbury players all celebrated with Cording. Two nil now to Newbury.

Without being that spectacular for the remainder of the game, Newbury did exactly what they needed to do to see the game out comfortably and they were happy enough with the 2-0 score-line. Stanford were unable to make any in-roads and so Newbury were delighted to keep a clean sheet and collect another 3 points, taking their season’s tally to 27 points and it was their eighth league victory overall.

Match Report by Sue Hewett

Players: Kat Brown, Sam McConnon (Capt), Saide Gulliver, Claire Turley, Nicole Pearce, Lauren Sheldon, Nicole Beesley, Maria Rodrigues, Alex Kovacsova, Issy Cording, Kelly Killick, Hazel Beesley, Lauren Hanson.
Referee: Ian Herrington
Goal scorers

Nicole Beesley
Issy Cording

Player of the match
Claire Turley
Next fixture

Thames Valley Counties Division 2 South
5th May 2019 2 p.m.
Newbury v Abingdon Town
at tba