Ladies End Season With Nine Goal Thriller
A goal frenzy and a 5-4 win over Bromley finishes Kingstonian's first season in the Greater London League.
It’s been a really enjoyable first season in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division 1. After making the step-up from the Surrey County League and with significant changes to our squad personnel, we had little idea how we would fare. However, the Ladies have acquitted themselves well and we approached our last game at home to Bromley safely ensconced in mid-table.
We welcomed back Carolina Bottarini-Boltz and Hanna Robson from university today and Saskia Veldhuizen and Georgina Wickham also returned to the squad, but were without Laura Joseph, Elesha Edman. Mairead Halliday, Coral Robinson and Hanna Jacobsen.
With the temperature hitting the mid-20s, it was more a day for the beach than football, but we had a large home support to cheer us on, including the Kingstonian FC Chairman, John Fenwick.
As is our way, we started a little slowly and with only six minutes on the clock we went behind when a floated Bromley corner drifted over everyone’s heads into the far corner of the goal. 0-1. We weren’t behind for long however, and only four minutes later Annie Jenkins hit a screamer of a shot from well outside the box which simply flew into the back of the Bromley net. One of the goals of our season. 1-1.
We were on top in this half with Carolina Bottarini-Boltz leading the way with some really intelligent inter-passing moves down our left wing. Eventually, with half an hour gone, Carolina herself went in bravely for a header with the outrushing Bromley keeper and planted the ball into the back of the net, receiving a whack in the face for her troubles. HT 2-1.
The second half started well and we were pushing Bromley back. On 50 minutes, Annie Jenkins tried her luck from long range again and this time the ball cannoned down from the cross-bar behind the goalkeeper before it was scrambled away. However, the referee, who had opted to officiate the match without linespeople, decided that the ball had crossed the line. 3-1.
Bromley were a little rocked for a while after that and the ladies were flying. Ony two minutes later Sophia Demetriou cut in to the Bromley area and despatched a sweet left foot shot home. 4-1.
The game looked won at that stage, but how very wrong we were in this assessment. Concentration dipped as we reshuffled the line-up, and Bromley came roaring back at us. They started to find space in midfield and in the channels to run at our defence and, sure enough, with 75 minutes on the clock a Bromley striker got free to pull a goal back 4-2. Barely five minutes later and it was 4-3 with our composure and control seemingly deserting us.
However we regrouped and on 85 minutes Sophia Demetrious pounced inside the Bromley box to fire home and re-establish a two goal cushion. Surely it was game up then? But there was still time for Bromley to fire a fourth goal with another long range shot. After what seemed like an eternity, and with K’s supporters nails chewed to the quick, the referee finally blew for time and a memorable 5-4 Kingstonian victory.
We adjourned in the sun with our opposition to enjoy some food and refreshments laid on to celebrate the end of our first campaign in the Greater London Women’s Football League. The job now begins in earnest of recruiting some quality replacements for the players we sadly must say goodbye to as they head off to university and elsewhere.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Annie Jenkins, Lucy Potter, Hanna Robson, Bethan John, Olivia Watson, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Carolina Bottarini-Boltz
Subs: Abi Elliott, Vicky Cockle, Sophia Demetriou, Sarah Sinkins, Saskia Veldhuizen
Goalscorers: Annie Jenkins 2, Carolina Boltz, Sophia Demetriou 2
Player of the match: Annie Jenkins