REPORT: Wetherby Ath Ladies 2 v 4 Silsden AFC Ladies
Improving Athletic Fall Just Short!
Wetherby were coming in to their second game of the season off the back of a heavy defeat in their first league game.
The team has been working hard at training and with a few familiar faces back, looked a lot stronger with a squad of 14 players.
Wetherby set out looking fairly solid, and it took twenty minutes for the deadlock to be broken. This came when a hopeful shot outside the box looped over the Wetherby keeper and put Silsden 1-0 up against the run of play. This goal was totally undeserved, and there was nothing the keeper could have done, but Silsden had the advantage.
After continuing to create chances, but unable to convert them, Wetherby were punished again with a Silsden midfielder finding space at the edge of the box and hitting another high shot into the top corner, and giving Silsden a two goal advantage.
The final ten minutes of the first half were more positive for Wetherby, and after a body block in the box which should have been awarded as a penalty, the ref unfortunately waved play on.
At half-time Wetherby had the chance to regroup and discuss how we needed to get tighter and push the Silsden team higher up the pitch to break up more play.
The second half saw the introduction of two subs, and the fresh legs and a change in formation gave Wetherby a lift. In a new gear Wetherby took the game to Silsden and throughout the second half Wetherby played the better football, creating many more chances than the opposition, but struggling to convert. The great message is we were creating chances which is a very positive sign for when we get to full strength.
Regardless of the efforts and attempts, Wetherby hit their ‘Wetherby wobble’ button and gave two further goals away, with one coming from an excellent header from a corner, and one shot hitting the post and rebounding back into the path of a Silsden striker.
These two goals spurred Wetherby into gear and they started to respond, first with a goal for one of last year’s top goalscorers, Louise Ross. A great corner from Rachel Carmichael found Louise in the box, allowing her to finish with a fantastic shot.
This was shortly followed by another goal from a corner. Carmichael once again hit a great cross, which found the head of Chloe Turpin on her competitive debut. This is hopefully a sign for the future, with Chloe one of our youngest players.
Minutes after the second goal, Wetherby found themselves with a one-on-one chance when Holly Fowler played in Lucy Crann, who lobbed the keeper only for the ball to land less than a foot wide of the post. If this goal had gone in, the result may have been different as Wetherby continued to apply pressure on the Silsden defence. Unfortunately, this was not to be and it allowed Silsden to compose and find their feet and see out the result.
Overall it was a good performance by a team of new players and a team who haven’t played together before, and on another day Wetherby could have scored 7 or 8.
Next week brings the League Cup, which gives Wetherby a chance to continue to improve and we aim to get our first win of the 2017/18 season.
Report by Jemma Carmody
The Red Lion Wetherby Athletic Lady of the Match: Rachel Carmichael wins this one for a dynamic performance in the heart of midfield. Her expert delivery from dead balls set up two cracking goals.
From The (stand-in) Gaffer - Steven Carmody “We can take a lot of positives away from this game. Many teams would have folded at 4-0 down, but Wetherby stepped it up after an initial couple of unlock goals gave way to two more. The game ended at the right time for Silsden, as Wetherby had the upper hand for the last 30 minutes of the game and were unlucky not to get a point from the game.
We had league debuts for Chloe Turpin, Sally Tucker and Jade Holt, as well as a goal for Chloe. It was great to have Rachel Carmichael back in the centre of the park too, who also got the Player of the Match vote from her teammates.
This was always going to be a difficult season, after promotion into the West Riding Premier. There will be no easy games, and we need to work on keeping our heads up and rattling teams.
Things are looking a lot more positive than they were a few weeks ago, and we need to keep up the good work at training. Well done girls. We go again next week in the Cup!”
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