Francis Kingsmill, Katie Rice (Capt), Lily Green, Harneesh Lall, Nikki Frasier, Lauren Hole, Emma Kern, Hannah Gunn, Imogen Jennings, Zoe Cox, Lucy Hosie
Subs, Georgina Adams, Chelsey O’Connor, Courtney Munns
POM Lily Green
Scorers Lauren Hole, Zoe Cox
A visit to familiar territory today with a place in the quarter finals of the Capital Womens Cup – Junior section at stake. We were facing a strong Denham United Development squad bolstered by their first team players, who had no game today, and a number of reserve players so we knew it would be a tough game. We were also without the services of Mia Perez-Diaz and Ruby Juchau, and well as other key players who were away helping the first team. Seeing Denham had used their first team players to strengthen the spine of the team we changed our team formation at the last minute in an effort to swamp the midfield and stifle the play. The idea was to keep the game tight in the first half and commit more players forward in the second, as we knew Denham would struggle for fitness as the game wore on. The plan worked well in the first half with chances few and far between. Both defences were on top, and the midfield battle was intense with some strong, competitive individual battles, Harneesh and Imogen dug deep in the first half until Imogen was injured and forced off at half time. Half time 0-0
The second half saw us under early pressure but Francis and the defence stood firm, as we regained our composure, before we gradually began to take control. In the 65th minute and after a few half chances, Zoe collected the ball on the left wing, cut inside and unleashed a 25 yard thunderbolt which left the Denham keeper helpless. The poor condition of the pitch began to take its toll on the home team as they looked weary and we began to get more of the ball in dangerous areas. The second and decisive goal came when Harneesh thread a superb through ball into Lauren, who drilled a low shot past the keeper to seal the win. We saw the game out, keeping the ball and showing good composure in possession, with the defence solid, given great support by a very hardworking midfield. Full-time 2-0
Today was a very impressive performance by the girls, once again missing 4 key players, Denham and other opponents recently have paid us massive compliments by fielding first team players but our squad has stood up to the test. It was a big test today against some of Denham’s first team, who play in the Ladies Premier League, and our 16/17 year olds stood up well to the test, and proved they are learning and well capable of competing with quality players. Once again the hard work on the training ground paid dividends. The girls work so hard in training and games. Hard work brings its rewards. Well done to all the squad. We at Wealdstone are very proud and lucky to have them at the club.
Tony Rice – Reserve Team Manager.