Ladies Beaten By Strong Hatters
Kingstonian Ladies lose 0-4 to Luton Town Development.
The Ladies were unlucky on two counts today. Firstly, a little unlucky to lose at all, let alone by 4 goals. Possession and territory-wise we weren't inferior to Luton over the 90 minutes. But the main bit of bad luck was that we got to play Luton's Development team away on the day that their first team who play in the FA Women's Premier League (3 levels higher up the women's football pyramid) didn't have a fixture. Not normally a problem you might think unless of course Luton decided to load their team with regular first team players. Which is exactly what they did. More than half their team had played for the first team and five were regular first teamers. We were not impressed.
Our ladies actually acquitted themselves well against higher level opposition, taking the game to Luton particularly in the second half. But fast Luton breaks resulted in two goals in each half with the match ending 4-0 to the home side.
Our disappointment with Luton's approach to their team selection was only surpassed by our amazement at a really reckless barge five minutes from time that put Mairead Halliday head first onto the running track. Unbelievably the referee decided it was only obstruction and that it merited nothing more than a free-kick. After a rapid drive to A&E, Mairead was diagnosed as concussed and also left the hospital in a sling. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
A day we'll remember for all the wrong reasons.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Annie Jenkins, Hanna Robson, Olivia Watson, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Sophia Demetriou, Bethan John
Subs: Sarah Sinkins, Abi Elliott, Vicky Cockle, Mairead Halliday, Hannah Jacobsen
Player of the match: Laura Joseph (pictured)