Washington 1 v 2 West Allotment
Allotment travelled over the Tyne looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Washington earlier in the season. The weather was mild but with some rain during the game. Anna Mullen made her first appearance of the season and the versatile player was a welcome addition to the squad with several players injured or ill. The game in the early stages saw neither side being able to hold onto the ball as the quick 3G surface played its part. gradually Allotment started to pass the ball and get the ball forward. However the washington defence was solid and Allotment couldn't create much from open play. After 15 minutes Allotment won a corner and hutchinson delivery was met powerfully by Wright whose header crashed against the bar and out. Washington were always a threat and started to find some space in midfield and a good ball out to the right wing saw the ball swung in and the on rushing strikers half volley go just wide. The half ended with both defences on top and McConnell looking commanding in the centre. The second half saw the game open up more with both sides creating chances and Washington hitting the Allotment bar and the ball being scrambled away. As the last twenty minutes approached Allotment played some nice build up play but failed too produce anything at the end of it. Washington broke away down the left and only good work from Cochrane and Metcalf kept them out. With 17 minutes to go Dean broke into the box and was brought down and a penalty rightly awarded. In the previous game against Washington it was Dean who gave Washington a penalty so rolls were reversed. Wright stepped calmly up and despatched ball into the bottom corner beating the dive of the keeper. Five minutes later Washington were level with a fast break down the left and their forward cutting in to finish really well .
To be fair a draw would have probably been a fair result as both teams worked their socks off, however with little time left Wright never gave up on her pursuit of the Washington central defender and her pressure led to the ball falling to Humle on the edge of the box who hammered the ball into the bottom corner. Still Washington pressed and Allotment looked vurnerable at corners but hung on to claim all three points in a great game and advert for ladies football. Brooke Cochrane played her first 90 minutes in 13 months and that was great to see.
Player of The Match - Gabby McConnell