Wallsend 0 v 2 West Allotment
Smash and Grab
On a nice but windy day the two top sides in the league met with Wallsend having points in the bag and Allotment with an unbeaten record so far. Allotment were missing Hutchinson due to injury and lost Jabab in the morning who was self-isolating due to not feeling well. However Hindmarsh and Hallowell were welcomed back.
The game started with Wallsend kicking off and looking to make a quick start. During the first half Wallsend had most of the ball and some decent chances. One shot came back off the post into the arms of Hall in the Allotment goal and when clean through the Wallsend striker hit a weak shot straight at Hall. Allotment had to rely on the break and nearly got through as Ritson was sent clear but keeper made a driving save at her feet. Allotment lost Dodds and replaced her with Jordan who did a great job dealing with a very lively winger. The Allotment team defended well as a unit which was pleasing to watch with McConnell proving a rock at the centre of defence. So half time arrived with neither team being able to get the ball in the net.
After a few discussions at half time Allotment changed their delivery forward to playing on the ground which started to pay off. We now looked much more threatening on the break. The first goal arrived from the counter attack and Ritson picked up the ball in midfield and played Wright in who was closed down by the keeper and defender but managed to get enough on it for the ball to run towards the far post where Flannaghan swept the ball into an empty net.
Allotment made another change bringing back on Hallowell for Gibson. As Wallsend back line got tried Hallowell was using her pace to great effect and as Crisp played the ball forward Hallowell raced past the right back to deliver a great low ball into the centre where our top scorer Jardine was and she side footed the ball home to the delight of the Allotment following. Ritson came off near the end having run her socks off and Thompson went on for the last five minutes. Wallsend tried to get something but our defence stood firm making blocks and tackles. Hall had to produce one driving save near the end but held onto the ball well. The final whistle went and a league double was completed.
For such a young team to show the defensive discipline was so pleasing as this is the hardest part of the game. Crisp, Dodds, McConnell and Jordan all performed at the back really well, but in the end it was our pace up front that won the game.
Seven games left so a long way to go to see who lifts the league trophy.