Wight Eagles Ladies Football team took victory at their first game for nearly 12 months when they took on Bursledon Ladies on Saturday (9th October).
The ladies came into the game after working very hard working pre-season, with new signings including Chloe Stanford, Charlotte Kennedy and Ellie Barrett. The team got off to a great start, moving the ball quickly and retaining possession, making it hard for Bursledon to make any sort of impact.
The Wight Eagles kept turning their defence as the ball was played out wide to Faye Spink on the right wing causing problems and quickly creating chances for the strikers in the box with some great movement from Chloe Stanford.
Chloe obtained her debut goal in the 10th minute and with more pressure applied, The Eagles had even more chances to put the game to bed. Good link-up play in the middle of the park was evident as Captain Kath Leavold kept hold of the ball with the Eagles’ strikers keeping in to extend the scoreline.
Strong play all around the pitch was complemented with a great partnership at the back between Roxy Atkinson and Carmen Simonds who kept Burseldon at bay. The approach to halftime saw a drop in confidence and Burseldon equalised in the 40th minute.
Struggling to regain their momentum in the second half, the Eagles allowed opportunities for Bursledon to gain possession of the ball. Another goal was entered by Bursledon, with a third being disallowed by the referee following a foul on Eagles player Jordan Bradshaw.
The Wight Eagles soon regrouped and turned up the heat pushing Bursledon back into their own half with substitute Jordan Bradshaw finding gaps in the opposition’s defence with some excellent footwork. She soon found the back of the net, with the score equalised at 2-2 in the 64th minute.
The home side kept pressing to create more openings with Abi Joyce switching to the right side and putting the pressure on the defence. The ball then broke to Ellie Witty whose shot was blocked by the Bursledon keeper. The loose ball was swiftly picked up by Chloe Stanford who set up Abi Joyce for a further attempt – landing the shot on target for a 89th-minute winner.
Roxanne Atkinson was made Player of the Match.
Coach, Dan Verstraeten said:
“Everyone was outstanding today they all did what was asked of them by winning their individual battles – but for me Roxy lead from the back and was winning every ball, very solid and disciplined.”
WIGHT EAGLES FC 3-2 BURSLEDON LADIES