Sale ladies 2s 3 Whitchurch Ladies 1s 3
In the first game after the Christmas break, Whitchurch ladies 1s played against a very different Sale side than earlier in the season. The first quarter of the match was played end to end at a dizzy pace. After some good play in the centre from Sarah Field and Catherine Winter-Gresty the ball was worked to Millie Edwards at the top of the dee, who struck the ball to get a deflection from Izzy Huxley. Some huge hits from Sale created some opportunities but the Whitchurch defence cleared everything.
After half time break Sale attacked hard and only a minute into the second half, Sale made a good break and managed to score a scrappy goal. Whitchurch fought back with some good defence from Chloe Lloyd, Kezzie Hutchings, Hebe Dixon and Anna Latham and managed to work the ball back up the pitch reaching Izzy Huxley to score her second goal. Unlucky for Whitchurch, Sale were awarded a penalty flick and scored. Keeper Maddy Sugden continued to make amazing saves with one off her head.
Taking Whitchurch off guard Sale scored again. At 3-2, Whitchurch worked hard again to score. Jessica Carruthers made a run down the wing and then won a short corner for the team. Sarah Field took a straight strike from the top of the dee and scored an explosive goal. At 3-3, Whitchurch continued to work hard but sadly time ran out and couldn’t make it a win. Millie Edwards was awarded players player and the team will be playing Rhyl and District at home next week.
Whitchurch ladies 2s 2 Bowden ladies 6s 1
Whitchurch ladies 2s faced a big match against top of the league. Whitchurch started off strong, keeping possession for the majority of the first half, with the midfield of Molly Fry, Jess Kimberley and Martha Teggin pushing the ball up the pitch. This allowed Whitchurch to make a break through the Bowdon defence and Ellie Pearson to beautifully slip the ball past the Bowdon keeper. Just before the halftime a short corner awarded to Bowdon which saw them level the score.
Going into the second half, the Whitchurch defence led by captain Emma Clarke and supported by Catherine Reece-Gresty fought hard to frustrate the Bowden attack and helped to keep the score level. Pearson and Caitlin Edwards then efficiently took the ball up the pitch, allowing Whitchurch to have some stunning, but unsuccessful shots on goal. A short corner was awarded to Whitchurch and from the shot the ball bounced off the keeper onto the defender stood on the line. As a result Whitchurch were awarded a penalty flick. Jess Kimberley set herself up for the highly anticipated flick, and delivered a scorching goal past the keeper on the right. Whitchurch ladies kept the Bowdon attackers from the goal, which resulted in a well- deserved 2-1 win for the 2s. Player of the match was awarded to Beth Wright.
The ladies 3s game was awarded to them when the opposition failed to raise a team.
The men return to action next week.