The first half against Burnt Ash 5th XI was a real eye opener for the home side, as the team in yellow proceeded to set up camp inside their 23 metre. Had it not been for Player of the Match Naomi Duthie in goal then K Sports would have conceded more than the four goals they did, although Kat Lichfield, Emma Thorpe, Anna Pirozzolo and Tracy Smith did much to snuff out attacks before Duthie was called upon to do her brilliance between the posts.

The team in black ventured into the opposition half on only two occasions: Sharon Turville was only inches from connecting to one of Karen Swinson’s characteristic sweeping crosses from the right while Turville also broke free to put in Kayleigh Smith but Burnt Ash recovered quickly to stop the potential attack dead in its track.

This author has used the phrase, “A game of two halves” before this season and this game turned out to be one of those as a new team in black turned up for the second half. They found their free flowing passing game and started to put pressure onto the Burnt Ash defensive line.

Sharon Turville played Maddie Thorp in but she found the keeper alert to turn the ball away. Holly Turner was also found out on the right in the circle but again she was thwarted by the away keeper after turning brilliantly to find the space to put her shot away.

Kayleigh Smith was combining well with Alexis Maritz while Lorraine Mullaly was spraying the ball out wide at every opportunity finding Smith, Swinson, Thorp and the returning Anusha Shiviji who was playing as if she had not had three months break.

Despite the improved attacking display K Sports were to concede two more goals at the end of the game. However, at the debrief the team were buzzing from their second half performance and will enjoy the their break from league action next week knowing they had done themselves justice against one of the top teams in the division.


Date Time League Season
17th February 2018 12:30 pm Kent Women's League Division 5 2017/18


K Sports Cobdown
15 Station Rd, Ditton, Aylesford ME20 6AU, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
K Sports Ladies 2nd XI000Loss
Burnt Ash (Bexley) Ladies 5th XI426Win

K Sports Ladies 2nd XI

82Naomi Duthie