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Match report: Chasetown Ladies 1 Reedswood Ladies 6

Football’s a cruel game at times and anyone looking at this scoreline would think that Chasetown Ladies were outclassed and outplayed – but nothing could be further than the truth.

Chasetown's Jodie Kinsey tries to close down a Reedswood player. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Chasetown's Jodie Kinsey tries to close down a Reedswood player. Pic: Pamela Mullins

For large parts of the game, the Scholars were equal to their opponents in all but one department, that little lack of quality and experience when counted.

With key players missing through injury and illness, Chasetown were behind just short of the half-way point of the first half, failing to deal with a through ball which left them exposed at the back and the visitors finished confidently.

Lady Luck wasn’t wearing a Scholars shirt as an Amy Farmer clearance struck her own post and bounced beyond keeper Becky troth straight back to a Reedswood striker who couldn’t miss.

Manager Carly Edwards reacted to the second goal with an immediate substitution and re-shuffle, and Nicci Barter, back from university, came on and impressed herself on the game as The Scholars dominated possession and territorial advantage for 20 minutes but could not get a comeback goal.

Heartbreak came seconds before half-time when Jodie Kinsey’s clearance was seized upon by Reedswood and a highly unflattering 3-0 lead was the damage at the interval.

The half-time team talk wasn’t difficult to deliver – to keep the last 20 minutes in their mind and get a goal back – unfortunately, the best made plans don’t always deliver and Reedswood clinically finished the game with a fourth goal at the start of the second period.

As goal difference was of no importance, Chasetown decided they might as well go for it, and created numerous chances, with Edwards, Arber and Barter all coming close to reducing the deficit, and just one of those going in may have, at least, made toe scoreline more reflective of the game.

This exposed them to the counter attack and Reedswood notched twice more to kill the game at 6-0, and were deprived of a 7th by the offside flag of Premiership Referee Alan Wiley!

They may have been beaten, but were never downhearted and at least could justifiably claim to have scored the goal of the game. Awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area, Jade Arber curled a peach of a set piece beyond the Reedswood keeper who could only stand there and watch.

Chasetown: Troth, Farmer, Thompson, Kinsey, Roberts, Edwards, Worrell, Turner, Arber, Allen, Wright. Subs: Barter (for Allen), Perry (for Kinsey), Taylor (for Wright).

Click below for more of Pamela Mullins’ pictures from the game:

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