Miserable Weather, Sunny SouthZara Bradley
The afternoon started with zero sun in sight, plenty of cloud and a few spits of rain. A discussion over how many times everyone checked, double-checked and triple-checked the meet time: we were still playing a very late-feeling 5pm game. After skipping teas at the morning match I grabbed the most nutritional food the bar had to offer…crisps and a slushy…
With a warm up on the running track (to inspire extra speed in the game) we were ready to go. The two sides looking very even at the start with some great passes from the midfield up to the forwards. We had a good few attacking shorts in the first half, however St Ives had a strong defence and no goals resulted from these.
The first and only goal of the game came from a ball hit into the D by Zara and finished by Jess and Iona doing some beautiful play around the keeper, resulting in Iona scored her second goal for South! St Ives began to man mark very tight but only very selectively, with Emma running around letting her player follow her to random areas of the pitch in a game of tag.
Katie and Lou cleared some fantastic balls from defence sending them up to Liz, Annabel and Harriet, spreading the play nicely. The final two minutes were played very defensively by South with St Ives putting in a final scrappy effort to try and score but South held strong, with a lovely ball coming up the pitch when the final whistle went.
Lou got MoM for fantastic defensive play, great runs and interceptions. As with the last three weeks’ wins, we also didn’t concede a goal for the third week running, and for the second time that day Zara got LoM for her fragile state.