K's Denied Rub of Green in Loss to Bromley
Kingstonian Ladies lose their third straight but battle hard against Bromley.
Bromley Ladies were our opposition today, in the beautiful setting of the Bromley Metropolitan Police Club. We welcomed back Laura Joseph after a recent illness, but we were missing Hannah Jacobsen, Saskia Veldhuizen and Vicky Cockle from our regular squad.
We started brightly and nearly took the lead after Renae Huggan-Broughton was put clear. She beat the goalkeeper but her angled shot slid agonisingly just the wrong side of the post. It was fairly even, but after 15 minutes a mix up in our defence saw the ball needlessly end up inside our penalty area. Chloe Bailey appeared to have her hands on the ball before the Bromley striker arrived, but when the ball squirmed free the referee decided that the challenge had been fair and the Bromley striker had the simplest of jobs of tapping the ball into the empty net. 1-0.
Kingstonian didn’t let this affect them and went back on the attack. Our shape looked good today and we were giving the Bromley defence plenty to think about. A long-range free kick from Bethan John sailed just over the bar, and a second from the same player smashed against the post. Half-time arrived with us feeling we were unlucky to be behind and believing that we were well in the game. HT 1-0.
Sadly, within two minutes of the restart we had gifted a poor second goal to Bromley. 2-0. Back we came however and we were definitely giving as good as we were getting. The ball just wouldn’t drop for us in the vicinity of the Bromley goal, and credit to Bromley who defended like tigers. After 65 minutes, some slack play on the edge of our own area left a Bromley striker with too much time and space and she smashed home a third. 3-0. A fourth followed almost immediately as heads went. 4-0. But finally after 70 minutes something went right for us. Renae Huggan-Broughton was played through just inside the Bromley half and she outpaced the defence to clinically slide the ball past the outrushing goalkeeper. 1-4.
It was one way traffic after that as we laid siege to the Bromley goal. Chances were starting to come more frequently as Bromley tired. With five minutes to go, Olivia Watson rose majestically to head home an Annie Jenkins corner to make it 4-2. We had further chances to narrow the gap in the last few minutes but time ran out on us and the game ended 4-2.
We felt hard done by today as we at least matched Bromley for most of the game, but errors at crucial moments cost us the point at least that our overall play deserved. The players deserve great credit for mounting a fight back in the last quarter of the game when heads could easily have gone down. Credit also goes to Bromley for taking their chances and for their resolute defending.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Mairead Halliday, Annie Jenkins, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Olivia Watson, Bethan John, Renae Huggan-Broughton
Subs: Sarah Sinkins, Sophia Demetriou, Coral Robinson, Elesha Edman
Goals: Renae Huggan-Broughton, Olivia Watson
Player of the Match: Mairead Halliday (pictured)