Hammers Nail a Place in Round Two
K's beaten in the Capital Women's Cup Intermediate Section by West Ham United's reserves.
West Ham United Ladies Reserves were our big name opposition today at Kew for our Capital Intermediate Cup 1st round match and we looked forward to testing ourselves against higher level opposition.
In the first half, West Ham enjoyed the greater possession, but our counter-attacking more direct approach was leading to us carving out probably the more clear-cut chances. Unfortunately, we just didn’t seem to have our shooting boots on and the West Ham goalie was able to keep us at bay. We also seemed to be giving away a lot of rather cheap free kicks on the edge of our own area, and on the touchline we worried that this might prove to be our downfall. Sure enough, with 40 minutes on the clock yet another, somewhat harsh it has to be said, free-kick was awarded just outside our area. The ball was hoisted high into our box and its awkward trajectory carried it just under the bar and, despite Chloe getting a hand to it, she couldn’t keep it out. HT 0-1.
We began the second half strongly and put pressure on the West Ham goal. It looked only a matter of time before we equalised, but as time ticked on we started to sense that it wasn’t going to be our day in front of goal. Renae Huggan-Broughton and Hanna Robson were on separate occasions put right through and looked odds on to score, only to be thwarted by the Hammers’ keeper. With an hour on the clock, our profligacy in front of goal was punished at the other end when a break from West Ham saw their striker win a race into the box and slide the ball home. 0-2. This was quickly followed by a third when poor defending gifted West Ham the ball on the edge of our own area. FT 0-3.
West Ham probably just about deserved the victory overall for their all-round more intense and, at the same time, composed style of football, but we were definitely not outclassed and, had we had our shooting boots on, we could very easily have got a result today.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Hannah Jacobsen, Hanna Robson, Bethan John, Olivia Watson, Sarah Sinkins, Renae Huggan-Broughton
Subs: Saskia Veldhuizen, Sophia Demetriou, Coral Robinson, Elesha Edman, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes
Player of the match: Hanna Robson (pictured)