It was the first league match of the season and we had a full fifteen ladies raring to go. St Ives – our old friends/rivals - managed to follow us up into Div 2NW. We knew it was going to be a close match, both teams thinking they could walk away with three points.
Push back to South and we were off. Pressing hard on St Ives and keeping it in their half, the goals were coming. Flix putting St Ives under huge pressure from the start with some big tackles and taking on St Ives defence. First goal to South with a slip back from the baseline by Sophie to the P-spot, where Alice put it to the back of the net, straight past the keeper. One-nil up with sixty minutes still to go, South knew the hard work had only just started.
St Ives came back with a lucky breakthrough on the half way, seeing our defenders outnumbered at the back and the score level out at one-one. With the subs rolling in time with Captain Kimbo’s specifically specific sub plan, South’s legs were fresh. St Ives ladies didn’t know who they’d be chasing next…
South scored our second goal through a classic break up the line, quick fire into the D and Sophie slipped it back behind the keeper. Half time recoup with copious Jelly Babies and Haribo of course.
The second half, South held off St Ives with an absolutely superb one-on-one save from Loopy (MoM worthy). Great support on the sideline in the second half, albeit no goals, but green cards instead from both sides. Badger took a ball to the face like a champ, nursing a lovely plump lip. But more importantly, South stayed strong, played their game and didn’t give St Ives any opportunities, securing a two-one win. Superb start to the season, ladies!