Playing a side just above them in the league, K Sports travelled up to London to play New Beccs. It proved to be an intriguing encounter as K Sports dominated large parts of the match but the home side could have won the match with three goals to their name. Some of this was down to some great goalkeeping by Holly Turner, who is turning into a reliable and fantastic deputy for regular Lorraine Mullaly.
Tracey Smith continued her impressive form locking up the right hand side of defence while Jen Divall was her instrumental best, reading the game with the wise head that her team-mates have come to take for granted.
The goal, which proved to be the winner, came from Maddie Thorp who was making only her second league appearance for the club. Player of the match Phil Ward made a great break into the circle ten minutes into the game, finding Maddie Thorp perfectly placed to the right of the post. Her first effort was blocked by the keeper but she had the presence of mind to follow up her shot and slip it past the keeper to open her account for the team in black.
The away side then took a strangle-hold of the game. Fielding another two players taking to the pitch for only their second league game for the club, Anna Pirozzolo was tenacious in her tackling, winning some valuable possession from the opposition. Holly Bernhard played on the right wing, and was a danger every time she was given the ball with her pace and ability to change the direction of the ball.
Lex Maritz was a perfect foil to Ward, as they both pressured the opposition midfield to win the ball and this was never so important as when New Beccs began to dominate the match just after the half time break. The pair were clever in their distribution and Sharon Turville was always willing to link the play between the midfield and front line. She was also thwarted by a keeper who seemed to attract the ball every time she got a side shot away on goal.
Sue Rea was a positive influence on the pitch with her reliable distribution of the ball to both sides of the pitch, in spite a particularly tenacious and skilful New Beccs player who relentlessly attempted to shut Rea down.
On the left-hand side, trio Emma Thorpe, Kat Lichfield and Kayleigh Smith made some great interchanges, moving the ball on at every opportunity. With Lichfield’s now characteristic marauding passes, Emma Thorpe’s driving runs and Smith’s clever positioning. The left hand side is an equally dangerous outlet for K Sports, giving the away side greater options.
This game was played in a great spirit and K Sports will be delighted that they finished the first half of the season winning their second away game on the bounce.
|2nd December 2017||1:30 pm||Kent Women's League Division 5||2017/18|
|HSBC Sports Ground|
|H.S.B.C. Group Sports Club, Beckenham BR3 1QW, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|New Beccehamian Ladies 3rd XI||0||0||0||Loss|
|K Sports Ladies 2nd XI||1||0||1||Win|