LTHC Ladies 3rd XI 6 at Market Harborough Ladies 3rd XI 1

LRHA Ladies – Division 1

Saturday 3rd November 2018

So November arrived with a beautiful sunny morning, but could Loughborough Town Ladies 3rd XI make it another win, as they welcomed Market Harborough Ladies 3rd XI for the early push back?

The team was starting to have some familiar faces though Jess Anstice was making her debut, after playing for the 2nd XI the week before.  The dressing room was also in good spirits despite losing 2 plays in 24 hours, one to transport issues and the other to an injury.

The big question on everyone’s lips was, would Sam Dalby finally win a coin toss?   Well true to form she lost it, not that it seems to make any difference, as the stats so far were played 4, won 2, lost 2.

The whistle blew and Town started strongly, and the slight confusion of positioning from last week had last clearly been sorted.  With strong midfield play a short corner did not take long to materialise.  The usual big hitters of Chloe Newman and Molly Gransden were missing so up stepped the captain to go for the straight strike.  An on point ball from Lex Barton was not stopped out of the D and so quickly was sent back out to Zoe Bennfors who found Sam Dalby who powered it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.  Rebe Casselden and Maddie Herring both chipped in with goals a piece to make the score 3-0.  Strong defensive play also meant that keeper Selena Cox did not touch the ball in the 1st half, which ended with Town up by three, a well deserved lead.

The half time team talk by Matt Parry focused on positioning and a new innovative and technically challenging short corner routine.  It wasn’t long before Town were able to try this new routine out.  Both Lex and Zoe played their parts beautifully but unfortunately Sarah Rose was not able to make the vital connection.

Iris Broekhuijzen and Vicky Ashenden continued their solid performance in defence linking up with midfield.  Each of the goal scorers added to their tally to make it 6-0, and Sam just missing out on a hat trick as the ball agnostingly went under her stick for an easy tap in.  Town were not to have it all their own way though as with a few minutes to spare Harborough had a long ball get through Town’s midfield and the attacker went one on one with Selena an scored.  Harborough came out on top here but lost the game 6-1.  Another fantastic performance from all involved which keeps Town in a solid mid-table position.

Woman of the Match – Zoe Bennfors / Rebe Casselden

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