England Ladies Championship- 1st Round

June 8, 2021

Southgate Ladies 6 Broxbourne 1

report by Jim Sherring

A somewhat changed Ladies 1’s team made sure of their path to the 3rd round of the Cup (the winners of this receive a bye in the next round) with a comprehensive victory over near neighbours Broxbourne. With a number of debutants for the 1’s forced on the team by conflicting championship games affecting availability this was a good performance with the understanding growing as the game progressed. An early goal by Charlotte Childs settled the nerves and provided the basis for a dominant first half display. Two further goals gave us a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time; Lucy Leel grabbed the first with a flashing reverse drive; Millie BC added the third from a short corner drag flick. Many other chances were created as VBL in goal was a virtual spectator.

DSC06072 Ellie Robinson driving out of defence. – Jo Price
DSC06048 Southgate on the offensive – Jo Price
DSC06057 L1.s captain on the attack – Jo Price
DSC06061 Lucy Leel testing the keeper – Jo Price

The second half saw a goal of the day competition between Caitlin HC and Millie BC. Caitlin cracked in two terrific goals, one after a good run, whilst Millie BC added  the final flourish when a powerful run of 60 yards ended with a piledriver across the keeper into the corner of the net to put the Ladies 6-0 ahead. The only disappointment was not adding a clean sheet when Broxbourne smuggled a goal in the dying minutes.

DSC06065 LUVY Sheffield making the crucial tackle – Jo Price
DSC06071 Charlotte Kelly running no.1 – Jo Price
DSC06076 1st team debutante Caitlin Haberlin Chambers on her way to scoring. – Jo Price
DSC06081 Win secured! – Jo Price
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