Newbury Ladies Football
Match Report -- Season 2018-19
Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League
Division 2 South
Sunday 7 October 2018
Wargrave Ladies Reserves 2 Newbury Ladies Development 3
Newbury Ladies FC Development Team were on the road, when they travelled to Wargrave Ladies Reserves in the Thames Valley Counties League. Newbury started the brighter of the two sides, with the first opportunity falling to Alex Kovacsova, who latched onto a long ball, but sent her shot just wide. This gave Newbury’s players confidence and they began to dominate possession, winning the best of the midfield battle. Newbury then had a succession of corners, with several scoring opportunities falling to both Kendall Gilmour and Bec Walker. The latter eventually coming closest, when her shot cannoned back off the base of the post and was then cleared to safety.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 26th minute when Walker played in Kovacsova, who found a composed finish to give Newbury a deserved one nil lead. Still Newbury attacked and they nearly had a second goal when midfield dynamo, Maria Rodrigues, sent in a long looping shot that came down but sadly crashed onto the top of the cross bar. With Wargrave’s players slightly reeling, Newbury did have a second within the next minute and it was Rodrigues who got herself onto the scoresheet, after she was well found through a clever Gilmour pass. From the re-start, Newbury switched off and they were made to pay when the home side capitalised by immediately clawing one goal back. 2-1 now with 39 minutes of the first half played. Newbury’s players were grateful therefore to get to half time, with their slender one goal advantage still in place.

It was not to last long unfortunately, with Wargrave scoring an equaliser from a good free kick in the 67th minute. 2-2 now and it was all to play for. The momentum was swinging back and forth and the match was on a real knife edge. These two excellent teams could not be separated until there was only eleven minutes remaining on the clock. Then came the decisive moment. Newbury’s Gilmour flicking on a long ball with her head and Walker being quickest to latch onto it. She showed ice calm nerves to clip the ball over the Wargrave goalkeeper for Newbury’s third goal of the afternoon.

With time now running out, Newbury’s defence stood firm and every Newbury player saw the game out extremely well. Walker’s goal proved to be the winner and it was the difference between the two sides. Claiming all three points and their second league win of the season, Newbury Development were delighted with their afternoon’s work. The victory sees them move up to third In the Division Two South table and sets them up nicely for their match up this coming Sunday with local rivals, Kingsclere.

Match report by Sue Hewett

Players: Marie Prout, Saide Gulliver, Amy Lambden, Nicole Pearce, Megan Kirby, Lauren Sheldon, Maria Rodrigues, Kendall Gilmour (Capt), Issy Cording, Lorna Kinder-Parr, Lea Greening, Alex Kovacsova, Bec Walker.
Referee:
Goal scorers
Player of the match
Bec Walker & Nicole Pearce
Next fixture

Thames Valley Counties Division 2 South
16th December 2018 1 p.m.
Newbury Development v Thatcham Flames
at Donnington Recreation Ground RG14 2LD