Badminton and Pucklechurch II 2 – Lydney III 4 ( Berkeley Division 3 )
Saturday 3rd November 2018
B Worth, D Legge ( Captain ) S Mitchell, X Bennett, E Wilcox, E Parker, B Halford, R Wilcox, H Reece, K Peacey, L Bennett, E Curtis, L Salter.
Lydney 3s trip to Yate started with a sprightly attack straight from the first push back after which the ball didn’t make it into their defensive half before Xenia Bennett converted a cross into a perfect goal inside two minutes.
The relentless pressure continued for the next 12 minutes before the tally was doubled after Ellie Parker’s solo effort and wide shot found the back of the net via the far post.
The home team’s goalkeeper kept Badminton and Pucklechurch in the game, diving left and right with the agility of a Marvel super hero. The frustration felt by the visitors was doubled Just before half time when B&P closed the gap after mopping up a good save from Rachel Wilcox in the Lydney goal to bring the half time score to 1-2.
Ella Curtis used her impressive speed down the right wing, repeatedly finding her way through the B&P defence only to have her crosses squandered by the Lydney forwards.
The visitors continued to dominate the game extending the lead further with a cheeky individual effort from Bridget Worth. B&P replied immediately with a cracking shot from the edge of the D making for an excitingly close finish.
Xenia and Ella almost restored the two goal cushion with some delightful interplay beating the impressive B&P keeper but putting the goal fractionally too wide.
The game was put beyond doubt with just one minute left on the clock with a crafty run from Lauren Bennett on the flank as far as the 25, finishing up with a perfectly placed pass to Ella who slotted it home to earn both the points and the Man of the Match vote.