Storming start sets ladies on their way to victory

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Alford Ladies 1st XI 4

Long Sutton 2nd XI 0

ALFORD welcomed visitors Long Sutton on a wet and windy morning in what turned out to be a ‘game of two halves’.

The home team started brightly with some excellent passing and it wasn’t long before Alford’s Luan Burton was able to open the scoring.

Kelly Tuplin increased the score to 2–0 when she swept the ball from the top of the D through the Long Sutton defence and straight into the back of the goal.

Long Sutton, constantly under pressure from the Alford players, looked anxious and one such clearance went straight to Alford’s leading goal scorer Kelly Tuplin, who dashed through the visitors remaining defences to push the ball straight through the legs of the advancing keeper, to increase Alford’s score to 3-0.

Long Sutton pushed for a way back into the game, but Alford’s able defenders Nikii Hind and Helen Gray thwarted any stray attack.

Hind took the ball out of defence and sprinted up the field, accompanied by Tracy LeGate, and with some excellent passing between them they found the ever-ready Tuplin, who finished off the manoeuvre with a shot past the keeper to take Alford in at half time as 4-0 leaders.

The second half continued as the first had finished with Alford pressurising the Long Sutton goal, but the visitors had changed tactics and now defended en masse to prevent any further influx of goals.

This, in essence, worked as Alford were unable to find any space in the attacking circle, but Long Sutton relinquished any chances of scoring with all their efforts focused on keeping a clean sheet for the remainder of the game.

This was a good team performance with some precise passing play from Alford with good performances from Chloe Bolland, Tracy LeGate and Nikii Hind, but man of the match went to goal scoring guru Kelly Tuplin.

Alford: Carole Jacklin, Helen Gray, Nikii Hind, Jo Dembrey, Holly Boulton, Kenzie Gray, Tracy LeGate, Kelly Tuplin, Chloe Bolland, Shirley Gibney, Rachel Hickson, Luan Burton and Sophie Wood.