Chasetown Ladies 1 Bilbrook Ladies 4

Alan Wiley with the two captains. Pic: Dave Birt

Alan Wiley with the two captains. Pic: Dave Birt

A new era began at the Scholars Ground as the newly-formed Chasetown Ladies senior side took to the field for the first time.

Wearing their new kit provided by the Chasetown Supporters Club, the Ladies faced a strong Bilbrook side in their inaugral game which saw Premier League referee Alan Wiley take charge of proceedings just a day after he kicked off England’s top flight season with the game between Chelsea and Hull City.

The game was Chasetown’s first pre-season friendly and it showed. Bilbrook passed the ball with authority and confidence and took just two minutes to take the lead.

A makeshift Chasetown defence failed to clear the ball and an Bilbrook took full advantage.

Chasetown were weathering the storm but struggling to get in the game, when a poor mistake at the near post resulted in Bilbrook taking a two goal lead. A simple cross bounced at the near post and nobody dealt with it and the ball bounced through four players and into the net.

The goal sparked Chasetown into a double change as Carly Edwards and Sinead Treanor were brought on to instant effect.

Following good work down the right by Abi Picken, the ball broke free to Jodie Kinsey and her neat through ball found Treanor who tucked it past the keeper for 2-1.

Bilbrook soon restored their two goal advantage as Chasetown lost the ball in the centre of the park, and a quick ball forward and a good shot from the edge of the box made it 3-1 at half-time.

Chasetown Ladies in action

Chasetown Ladies in action. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown needed to respond and the players certainly did in the second half. Hayley Moulick moved from midfield into the centre of defence and this provided a much stronger base.

Chasetown created some chances and limited Bilbrook’s opportunities for almost half an hour. Then a defensive slip and Bilbrook were in again with a confident finish from outside the box.

Bilbrook playing their forth pre-season match were making Chasetown run, but the Scholars showed real character to hold on until then end.

Sarah Thompson had a long range shot drift onto the roof of the net, while Sinead Treanor hit the post and Jodie Kinsey drew a fine save from the Bilbrook keeper as Chasetown pushed to reduce the deficit late on.

Chasetown: Becky Troth, Nicci Barter (captain), Jodie Edwards, Chelsee Spencer, Sarah Thompson, Holly Cooper, Natasha Whitehouse, Hayley Moulick, Jade Arber, Jodie Kinsey, Abi Picken. Subs: Carly Edwards, Sinead Treanor, Heather Loynes.

Report by Trevor Barter

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1 Comment

  1. lauren

    18th August, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    it was not billbrook ladies 4th freindly it was there 1st at open age level.