Slazenger Ladies 1st team took on mid table Rotherham this week with renewed optimism that they could get a decent result. They managed to hold off for a whole 10 minutes this week which was an improvement but conceded the first goal from a short corner quickly followed by a second 5 minutes later. The last 8 minutes of the half saw four further goals as Sarah Cooper scored for Slaz followed by an opposition own goal rightly claimed by Amy Smeaton. At this point Slaz thought they were coming back into the game with some hard work from all areas of the pitch until Rotherham were allowed to score twice in the last three minutes. Half time score 2-4 to the away team and didn’t really reflect the amount of Slaz play and efforts.
After the break Slaz came back with renewed determination but then allowed Rotherham to score almost immediately. Slaz picked up the pace and had a lot of the second half play. Some fantastic passing by player of the match Louise Nock resulted in the first of two goals (both one on one with the keeper) by captain Helen Hough, but Slaz allowed Rotherham to find the back of the net in between their goals. The final goal ensured a 4-7 victory for the visitors and delight for their coach Lynn Robinson particularly as there were no hat tricks to pay out £5 for. Once again a great team effort by Slaz and at least goals are being scored so a better goal difference is a positive!
Next week Slaz have another home match when they face Boston Spa for the second time this season.