Chloe Bailey's Clean Sheet Leads K's To Victory
K's get back on the winning trail with a 2-0 win over Clapham United.
We were intent on putting last week's unhappy experience at Luton behind us when we took the field at Kew Association for our first competitive home game since November. We had beaten Clapham United away earlier in the season, so today was our first stab at a double.
We were without Mairead Halliday, Vicky Cockle, Hannah Jacobsen and Abi Elliott, but welcomed back into the squad Renae Huggan-Broughton, Saskia Veldhuizen, Elesha Edman and Coral Robinson.
This was very much a game of two halves. In the first half we seemed nervous on the ball, full of errors and really hardly got going at all. We were second best for most of the half, but started to improve in the ten minutes before half time, and had a goal by Renae Huggan-Broughton dubiously chalked off for off-side by a lineswoman who interestingly combined running the line with coaching the Clapham back four. A conflict of interests somewhere here methinks. But the story of this half was without doubt the performance of Chloe Bailey in goal, and the series of excellent saves she made, including one amazing point-blank stop, that got us through to half-time at 0-0.
We got off to a flyer in the second half. With barely three minutes gone, Sarah Sinkins ran down the left and curled an exquisite pass into the path of Renae Huggan- Broughton, who rounded the Clapham keeper and slotted the ball home. 1-0.
We were looking much more organised and composed in this half. Our back four of Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast, Annie Jenkins and Lucy Potter started to win the ball decisively and distribute more effectively from the back. In midfield Sarah Sinkins, Hanna Robson and Bethan John were getting the ball under control more quickly and releasing Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sophia Demetriou, Olivia Watson and Saskia Veldhuizen who were running with more conviction at the Clapham defence.
Behind them, Chloe Bailey in goal was having her game of the season, including at least one more point-blank save. I can honestly say that this was a flawless performance from Chloe.
With 60 minutes on the clock, a long ball reached the Clapham goalkeeper under pressure from Renae Huggan-Broughton. The keeper tried to clear but her clearance was intercepted by Renae who rolled the ball into the empty net. 2-0.
Clapham kept plugging away for a way back into the game, but Chloe in goal just wasn't to be beaten today. FT 2-0
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Hanna Robson, Annie Jenkins, Sarah Sinkins, Olivia Watson, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Renae Huggan-Broughton
Subs: Bethan John, Saskia Veldhuizen, Sophia Demetriou, Elesha Edman, Coral Robinson
Goalscorer: Renae Huggan- Broughton 2
Player of the match: Chloe Bailey (pictured)