There is probably more to say about the run up to the match than the match itself! This game had already been postponed due to England Masters activities and you could say that Chapeltown were keen to play it, given their top of the league position, especially since they realised the Slaz team would be depleted. Both goalkeeper Eleanor Townend and Amanda Sowerby were unavailable due to England Trials; plus due to injury and absence there were also a number of other regular first team players missing.
In addition, the day before the fixture was moved twice due to double booking of the venue causing the Slaz captain all sort of headaches. Sunday morning dawned and ice had to be scraped off the cars before setting off and it was no surprise when Slaz arrived at the pitch to find that it was still frozen. All sorts of arguments ensued before it was agreed that the game be delayed to allow it to thaw and then to abandon if dangerous. Eventually the game went ahead, delayed by 20 minutes.
A very capable and well stocked Chapeltown team were possibly a little surprised by the strong start by Slaz in the first 10 minutes, however the home team soon settled into their stride and found the back of the net several times in succession as Slaz had no reply for their well organised play and quick passing.
By half time the score was a depressing 5-0. The half time team talk was all about re-organising the defence and Amy Smeaton stepped in to try and raise sprits, mandating that no more goals would be scored in this half. True to her words, Slaz then had a much better second half with some great goalkeeping, defending and spirited play, especially from player of the match Sarah Hobbs and close runner up Amy Smeaton.
The constant Chapeltown attacks were weathered and despite what seemed like hundreds of short corners they were denied any further goals. Thanks to Anna Vessey, Stacey Binns, Nez Rollinson and Charlotte Gunn for ably stepping up to assist us. Our best wishes also go to Amanda Sowerby who is currently suffering greatly from a trapped nerve obtained by being felled in the Boston spa game. This unfortunately led to a trip to A&E in an ambulance on Saturday night and prevented her from travelling to the England Trials. Get Well Soon.
Only one League match to go now guys and hopefully we are safe – next game is a friendly on the 2nd March at 4.30pm and the last game is on the 10th March vs Leeds Uni at Weetwood.