K Sports had to abandon their free-flowing passing game on this chilly afternoon as they entertained high flying Bromley and Beckenham 6th XI. They were under pressure throughout the match, as the away side proceeded to lay siege to the K Sports half. It was little wonder then that keeper Lorraine Mullaly was handed the Player of the Match stick at the final whistle, but this does not tell the full story of the game.
Kat Lichfield and Emma Thorpe were charged with the immense task of keeping the talented right hand sided players of the Bromley and Beckenham team quiet, and time and again they closed the door firmly shut with the help of Kayleigh Smith and Sue Rea. Phil Ward was asked to play a more central role and she did not flinch at the responsibility, as she made some important tackles before driving the ball forward to try to get the team in black onto the front foot. When K Sports did have possession Maddie Thorp and Holly Bernhard ran hard to catch some beautifully placed passes into their channels. Sharon Turville was her usual industrious self and one pass in particular helped to open up the right hand side for the home side.
However, it was the defence who were by far the busier and Jen Divall had to use all her years of experience to marshal those around her. Her calmness helped give the side a confidence which allowed little panic to fester despite the pressure. She even had the audacity to drive with the ball forward from a hit out, eliminating the opposition before playing a number of sublime balls to the forwards.
Welcoming Jenny Rogers back to the fold with her added calmness and with Tracy Smith and Anna Pirozzolo adding to the fortress which K Sports were building, the away side found it difficult to fashion too many clear cut chances. However, they did score a brace, on both occasions leaving Mullaly little opportunity to stop their shots.
In the dying moments, with the home crowd roaring K Sports forward, both Ward and Kayleigh Smith found themselves momentarily with a window of opportunity to penetrate the opposition circle. However, neither could manufacture a clear opening and the Ladies 2nd XI still have to open their account on the new astro.
Despite the loss, K Sports enjoyed this encounter giving them the confidence that defensively as a team they have the heart to compete with any team in this league. They now have the Christmas break to enjoy before returning to league action in early January.
On a very cold and frosty Saturday morning, K Sports ladies travelled to Herne Bay for the last league game of the first half of the season.
From the first whistle, K Sports were put under pressure from the youthful Herne Bay forwards, whose attempts at scoring were stopped by Kobs strong defensive line, being marshalled by Danni Nichols. K Sports were also not short of their attacking opportunities against the opposition, with balls being drilled into the D, but unfortunately just out of reach of the attackers to slot into the goal.
K Sports won a string of short corners as the first half came to an end. On the final play of the first half, Morgan Payne professionally injected the ball to Jo Fowler at the top of the D, who stepped in and struck the ball into the air, skilfully dropping at the last second to successfully hit the backboard putting K Sports onto the scoreboard as the first half drew to an end.
Both K Sports and Herne Bay started the second half with a determination to extend the score line. For the first ten minutes of the second half, Kobs were having to play a defensive game to protect their 1-0 lead and were able to keep the opposition out of their D for the majority of the game play. They conceded a couple of short corners, but Kobs had it under control and were able to clear the balls out of danger.
For the final ten minutes, K Sports dug hard and pushed for a second goal. Winning another short corner, Payne injected to Becki Austin at the top of the D, who swept the ball towards the D, which was unfortunately deflected against one of the defenders sticks; but the quick reactions of Kerry Fowler meant she could control ball and strike it past the opposition and into the back of the goal.
The game ended with a well-deserved 2-0 win for the K Sports ladies.