Ladies 5th XI vs Bexleyheath and Belvedere 2’s (Away) | 16 Oct 21

Lost 3-1

Scorers: Kate Berry

MoM: Kate Berry and Kate Boffey

On a chilly, wet day and on a well-worn sand pitch, the 5s started well against a physical BBHC side. Halfway through the first half, their hard-hitting centre-back ‘legally’ struck a ball into Leah’s ankle, causing her to miss the rest of the half and a trip to the local A and E.

BBHC went ahead soon after, from a PC which was initially blocked (very bravely) by Catriona but they scored from a subsequent passing move.

Just before half-time, we put together an impressive passing move of our own, with the midfield and forwards linking expertly to work the ball into the D for a calmly-slotted-home goal from Kate Berry.

Into the second half, with the score at 1-1, we won a penalty corner, had a quick discussion about it (we don’t get many so checked we knew what to do!), then just as Sophie was about to inject it, the umpire blew, indicated for a hit-out and said “Time’s up! You’ve had your 90 seconds!” (Who knew there was a 90-second rule?! Is that just in Kent Division 3?).

When our #14 (me) enquired why we hadn’t had a countdown or a warning about the time, he stopped the game and complained to the captain (Suzie) that he was receiving too much coaching from players.

Anyway, we never got to take an attacking PC and our luck didn’t change when moments after the restart, Lynn was aggressively shoulder-bumped in the head from BBHC’s over-zealous centre-forward (not one of their younger players). Fortunately, Doctor Gwenno provided excellent primary care and Lynn was assisted off the pitch to rest her aching head.

Unfortunately, this meant that in the reshuffle, I took Lynn’s place at the back and BBHC went 2-1 up a few minutes later (ironically scored by ‘that’ centre-forward).

We are not blaming the umpires for our defeat but after a few more decisions didn’t go our way, we conceded a third and lost the game 3-1.

Special mentions to debutants Ellie Gordon and Kate Boffey for their energetic and attacking play. They combined very well with the more ‘experienced’ members of the team.

And thank you to Ellie’s mum for providing flapjacks at half-time!

No match for the 5s this weekend, but looking forward to a local derby against Deal on 30th October, on the top pitch after the Ladies 1s game. See you there!

Report by: Gill Prince

Squad: Leah Giesen, Ellie Gordon, Kate Boffey, Dani Caton, Niamh O’Shea, Sophie Medland, Gwenno Batty, Suzie McCully, Kate Berry, Catriona Forbes, Julia Owen, Lynn Lauder, Gill Prince (#14)