K's Defeated by Promotion Chasing Hackney
A poor start for Kingstonian condemns them to defeat in their penultimate game of the campaign.
Our penultimate league game was at home to Hackney Ladies – one of three teams vying for promotion to the Premier Division. By the way teams warmed up, it was plain to see that one team was a lot more focused. And it wasn’t us.
With barely three minutes on the clock, our defence made the fatal mistake of failing to attack a high ball in the air. Instead, allowing it to bounce through our back line from where a Hackney striker won a race with Coral, our goalkeeper, and had the easiest of tap-ins. 0-1.
With 20 minutes gone and with a physically strong Hackney very much in the ascendancy, it was 0-2 after a high shot gave Coral no chance.
As the half wore on however, we started to get a foothold in the game and Abi Elliott had a couple of decent attempts, but couldn’t find a way past the Hackney keeper. HT 0-2.
The second half recommenced with Hackney clearly determined to put the game beyond us. They are an experienced, vocal team, excellent at the short-passing game, who, when they lose the ball, work hard to regain possession. They will definitely be there or thereabouts in the final shakedown for promotion. We held out in this half until the 60th minute, but, when a high floated shot from distance, found its way past Chloe Bailey (our second half goalie) the game looked all up.
We are nothing if not consistent however, and we always come on strong in the latter stages of games. On 65 minutes a brilliant run from the corner flag saw Olivia Watson cross for Sophia Demetriou to ram the ball home. 1-3. We needed to stay strong for a while after that, but sadly we succumbed only a couple of minutes later to an admittedly brilliantly headed goal direct from a Hackney corner. 1-4.
Predictably, it was pretty much one way traffic after that with our young team taking the game relentlessly to a tiring Hackney team. We had several great chances to score in the last quarter of an hour of the game, and the margin of defeat could easily have been much much narrower, but a combination of bad luck and solid goalkeeping from the Hackney no.1 meant that the game ended 1-4.
We really must learn to start games the way we finish them. I can barely think of a game this season when we haven’t been in the ascendancy in the final quarter and that in itself is a cause for huge optimism for the future.
Team: Coral Robinson, Annie Jenkins, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Sarah Sinkins, Bethan John, Olivia Watson, Abi Elliott, Sophia Demetriou
Subs: Renae Huggan-Broughton, Vicky Cockle, Georgia Coninx, Elesha Edman, Chloe Bailey
Goal scorer: Sophia Demetriou
Player of the match: Charlotte Willis-Sloanes (pictured)