Lincoln Ladies 2nds 1
Alford Ladies 5
The second Saturday of the league saw Alford travel to play newly promoted Lincoln Ladies.
Lincoln started the better team with numerous attacks on the Alford goal, however goalkeeper Carole Jacklin was equal to them.
With 15 minutes played Alford broke through the Lincoln defence with Left winger Vic Allen going past two players and slotting the ball past the advancing goalkeeper, putting Alford ahead 0-1 with their first attack of the game.
This encouraged Alford to raise their game and with some physical play from both teams resulting in a green card for Alford’s Sophie Wood and Lincoln’s centre forward With ten minutes to go in the first half Alford doubled their lead with another counter attack when Chloe Bolland crossed the halfway line and passed the ball to the top of the D where Allen collected it and flicked the ball over the keeper to find the back of the net.
Minutes before half time, Lincoln were awarded a short corner and scored making the score 1-2 at half time.
After the restart a resurgent Alford side continually pressed the home team, and after some great play down the left, Alford’s Claire Smith played the ball into Vic Allen who reverse flicked the ball past the goalkeeper to notch up her hat trick.
Lincoln were undeterred and still pushed for a way back into the game and after a free hit was awarded to Lincoln, Alford’s Kelly Le’Gate received a green card after not retreating the required distance. Spurred on, Lincoln thought they had equalised when a side line hit within the final 25 was deflected into the goal, however the observant umpire disallowed the goal as it had not travelled far enough before entering the D.
Several attacks followed for Alford and from a short corner, Tracy Le’Gate pushed the ball to Chloe Bolland on the top of the D who’s clever reverse sweep fooled the Lincoln defence and flew into the goal, making the score 1-4.
Lincoln were then reduced to ten players when a badly timed stick tackle resulted in a yellow card, ensuring the offending player sat off for the rest of the game. With the player advantage Alford attacked the Lincoln D and were rewarded with a short corner which was tapped in by Jess Wood.
With the score at 1-5, Alford were jubilant at the sound of the final whistle.
This was a strong team performance backed by good travelling support.
Man of the match went to Vic Allen after a superb performance.
Team: Carole Jacklin, Jess & Sophie Wood, Nikii Hind, Kate & Meg Murray, Tracy & Kelly Le’Gate, Claire Smith, Vic Allen, Rachel Hickson, Helen Gray, Chloe Bolland (captain).