Lydney 2nds 0 – Wotton-under-Edge 2
30th Nov 2013
Lydney: D. Legg, K. Alexander, J. Box, A. Bannister, E. Matthews, G. Cox, R. Lugg, A. Farr, J. Samuel, M. Royle, A. van den Braak, S. Mitchell (Captain)
This was a strange and frustrating game on a bobbly new pitch against top of the table, Wooton. Lydney were expecting a tough game so were surprised to find themselves the stronger team in the first half, dominating a lot of the play. Pressure by the midfields and forwards got the ball to the ‘D’ and struck, but it was left by the goalie to pass over the goal line as she hasn’t seen that the last touch on it had been a defensive one by one of her team mates. Unfortunately the umpire didn’t see it either (as under the new rules this would have been an own goal).
Umpires can’t be expected to see everything though, just as every player can’t, and there are always occasions when this works for you instead of against you. As a team, I think that Lydney did well to put this behind them and play on, which they did, dictating a lot of the play.
However, when the opposition gained possession they switched a lot making marking hard and as a result they were able to make a few dangerous breaks resulting in a goal before half time. Lydney were forced to defend a handful of shorts throughout the game, with few of their own. When they regained possession they found that they were well marked and hitting ‘through’ opposition players proved to be unsuccessful.
Wotton were organised and knew where to position themselves on the pitch. They took hits and sideline balls straight away which made them fast on the attack and they kept one forward very high. This paid off for them in the second half as she was well placed for a deflection that brought the score to 2-0.
Lydney were unable to play the neat, passing game that has worked well for them in previous matches and the opposition were good at picking up loose balls and charging passes down fast. At one point the ball hit an opposition foot in the ‘D’ but sadly no short was given. There may have been a reason for this but the players close to the action couldn’t see it.
So all-in-all a frustrating game, but one where I feel that useful things were learned about the opposition. The post-Christmas rematch will be Lydney II’s last league game of the season and one that I think they will be ready and hungry for.
Things of Note:
- Jane’s shouting – plenty of this…but it didn’t do her MoM votes any harm as she came out on top, even when her vote for herself was rescinded after an Official Warning (with use of badge) from Sergeant Slugg).
- Grace trying to pass off her mid-game collagen lip filler as the result of a ball to the face. Grace, we’re not buying it. We’re especially not buying it if the results are that bad – all in the middle of the lips with none at the edges. Rubbish. Respect to the pub though for their ability to recognise a comic opportunity when it ups and smacks them in the face by produce these crisps (even if they did have to run to the cellar to get them):
- Several men (and going on the stats, several women too) in the greater Gloucestershire area were denied the treat of Karen’s unrestrained (and now quite famous) ‘mammary assets’ as having forgotten to pack a clean bra opted to re-wear her one from the game. I can still hear the echo of sorrowful howls reverberating around building sites in the county.
- The opposition were substantially more pleasant (can we say that?) than the team they are sharing the top spot with, despite putting us in the men’s changing room! (Actually not that bad – thanks Bridget for the heads-up).
Thank you as well to Dave Penney for umpiring.
…and to Laura Mahon for supporting us in spirit (as I’m sure that she was) if not actually in body this time.