Wallsend Ladies Reserves 3 v 2 West Allotment Ladies
On a bright afternoon both teams took to the pitch at Benfield knowing this would be a hard game as the previous encounter had shown. Both teams were missing players so we were set for a tense afternoon. Allotment had the brighter start with Jardine and Wright up front for Allotment causing problems and it was Wright who won the ball on the edge of the Wallsend box to fire home into the corner to give Allotment the lead. Jardine then came close twice once from a cross that was swung in from the left where she saw her half volley just go over the bar and then a powerful shot from the edge of the box that hit the underside of the bar and stayed out. However Wright then had to come off with an injury and Hulme went up from with Jordan coming onto the left wing. Allotment continued to have the best of the half with Wallsend not really troubling Hall in the Allotment goal.
At the start of the second half as happened in the previous game Wallsend started the stronger and from a corner forced the ball home to level things up. Allotment then lost Crisp and brought on Marshall. Wallsend started to look much better in midfield and from a through ball their striker made no mistake in putting them 2-1 up. However Allotment immediately hit back when Hutchinson broke down the right to send a low ball into the box with Hulme connected with to draw the scores level once more.
So the scores were level at the end of 90 minutes so into extra time as we had done in the cup final last year. Wallsend seemed to be getting stronger as our younger players tired and started to create more chances. Allotment did have their chances as Hulme saw her shot cleared off the line when it looked to have given us back the lead. Wallsend again broke and a good ball through saw their striker get in behind to restore the lead. So we entered the second period of the extra time with Allotment making their final change as Parker came on for Mullen. Parker almost put Hulme in but a good tackle dealt with the danger. McConnell who had done really well at the back was then pushed up front and had a good couple of runs but couldn’t get the final shot in. Neither side added to their tally and so Wallsend who had looked stronger as the game when on go through to the final.
However the celebrations form the Wallsend team show how highly they rate our young side and we should take heart that against much older and experienced side we pushed them all the way.