Ladies go second after sharing the spoils in 8-goal thriller
Ladies copy the men and draw 4-4...
The Ladies’ winning streak of 23 consecutive league games, stretching back to last September, had to come to an end one day or another, and that day was today against Enfield Town Ladies Reserves.
For some reason, we started a little sluggishly today, and Enfield were quick to capitalise. With barely five minutes on the clock an Enfield striker chased a hopeful punt and was fortunate when the ball was spilled and she found herself with the simplest of tap-ins. 0-1. In this early period of the game it was already clear that Enfield’s early season results were not a reflection of their ability as we were faced with a well-organised and dynamic set of opponents. The Kingstonian Ladies stayed calm however and, following a little reshuffle, we clawed our way back into the game. After twenty-five minutes, we were level when Sarah Sinkins was put through by Hanna Robson and Sarah coolly slotted the ball into the corner of the Enfield net. 1-1. And five minutes later we were ahead when Sophia Demetriou repeated the trick and found the same corner of the Enfield net. HT 2-1.
Our support is swelling, which is brilliant, and today we were even honoured by the presence of the Mayor of the Borough. We were however making a few uncharacteristic errors and sure enough we were punished after 60 minutes following another slip. 2-2. Back we came with Olivia Watson leading the charge, and after 65 minutes she ran through a static Enfield defence to make it 3-2. A fourth followed within minutes when Renae Huggan-Broughton turned in a corner. 4-2.
At that point it looked as though the three points were ours. However, with the temperature reaching the high 20s, the referee called a drinks break and that seemed to throw us out of our stride. On the restart, we contrived, through lapses in concentration, to allow Enfield back in, not once, but twice. With ten minutes to go it was all square and anyone’s game. To the credit of the ladies, we pressed forward and looked much the more likely winners in the remaining minutes, but eventually time ran out on us and we had to settle for a 4-4 draw which takes us up to second in the league, but overall we were left feeling that it was two points lost rather than one point gained.
So, feet back on the ground after a great start to the season, but we remain unbeaten after three games and that represents an excellent start to our Greater London Women’s League season.
Team: Coral Robinson, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Olivia Watson, Hannah Jacobsen, Sarah Sinkins, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sophia Demetriou, Bethan John
Subs (all used): Hanna Robson, Saskia Veldhuizen, Georgia Coninx, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Elesha Edman
Goalscorers: Sarah Sinkins, Sophia Demetriou, Olivia Watson, Renae Huggan-Broughton
Player of the match: Georgina Wickham (pictured)