Carly Foster, Taylor Arundel, Rosie Watts, Rebecca Sammons, Lucie Hernandez (Capt), Giovanna Monachello, Paris James, Randeep Brar (Dips), Ella Berthier, Emily Bedwell, Sophie Murphy, Savana Fearon
Goalscorer Savana Fearon x5
Player of The Match Savana Fearon
After last weeks awarded game, the ladies were keen to take to the pitch today, away to Clapham Kicks. An early kick off for us, saw an uncharacteristic slow start by The Stones. Struggling to get any possession, we failed to get to grips with our opponents, who duly took advantage. Chances were still at a premium though before we gave away a penalty after 10 minutes. Carly got a hand to the spot kick, but couldn’t keep it out 1-0 we trailed. The game continued to be hard thought before Sophie raced clear on 15 mins, shooting wide with just the keeper to beat. Another chance soon followed this time Sophie combined with Dips before picking up the return ball, taking aim she rattled the bar after 25 mins. On the half hour mark Savannah replaced Sophie and soon made an impact. Millie won the ball in midfield and played the ball into space, Savannah collected the pass before sprinting clear and slotted home 1-1. Clapham shell shocked by the introduction of our pacey forward were now on the back foot and sat deeper, as a result we started to to control the game. Our hosts though took the lead again on 40 mins. A defensive error gifted them a goal which was against the run of play, they led 2-1. The final piece of action in the half highlighted Savana’s quality once again. Picking up the ball she left the defence in her wake, before rounding the keeper and passed into an empty net 2-2 on the stroke of half time.
A great time to equalise made the team talk that bit easier during the break and we took that momentum into the second period. Forcing Clapham into errors we soon carved out chances through Sophie who shot wide after 47 mins and Dips released by Savana shooting just past the post with 50 mins gone. Keeping up the pressure on the home team, Jo and Sophie went close for us before Savana stepped up to put us in front on 55 mins. Linking up well with Rosie on our right she smashed the ball into the corner from just inside the box for a 2-3 lead. Clapham by no means done with took the game to us, but this time we defended better and utilised Savana’s pace in behind. This paid dividends for us on 65 mins with another trademark burst of pace and brave finish, with the keeper bearing down on her 2-4. With the game now seemingly in our hands and Clapham showing little in attack we kept it tight for another 10 mins. A big chance then fell to Savana, who for the first time today snatched at an easy chance, before Clapham set up a grandstand finish. Catching us out down our right hand side there forward raced clear and found the corner of our net. 3-4 75 mins. Our reaction to this was first class and we finished the game strongly. Three corners for us set up chances for Jo twice, and Rosie headed over from Ella’s delivery. With the game all but over Savana added her and our fifth with minutes to spare. Playing a neat one two with Dips she dispatched the ball past the Clapham keeper to finish the scoring 3-5, although Dips did strike the post in the dying seconds of full time.
Quite an eventful game today with Damon and Micks nerves shot to bits. At times we looked in control of the game, but we were also susceptible to an error or two. This allowed Clapham a foothold in the game, and made it hard for us to finish the game off. Missing a host of our squad the girls who came in worked hard and gained valuable playing time as a result. Hard though not to focus on a certain young lady who completely turned the game around for us. Savana had a game to remember, scoring five with pace and finishing that bellies her age. Well done Wealdstone today and also Clapham who gave us a tough test. Savannah x 5.