Ladies unlucky not to bring home a point
By Katie Burrows
Narrow defeat away
It was an away tie in the league this weekend for Sudbury Ladies as they took on Wymondham ladies who have had a decent start to their season. Due to a combination of injury and work commitments, Sudbury fielded a bare 11, albeit a strong one.
The game was very slow to start with neither side creating anything of note. Wymondham were first to create a chance on 10 minutes after a ball was played down the right-hand side to the Wymondham winger in space, but her resulting shot was blazed over under pressure from the covering Emma Squirrell.
Sudbury struggled to create many clear chances in this game, but their first came on 14 minutes. Squirrell sent a pass down the left-hand channel to striker Semma Halil who collected the ball and beat the Wymondham full back before cutting inside, but her shot was well saved by the Wymondham keeper.
Wymondham had the better of the first half possession but struggled to break through the Sudbury defence. On the few occasions they did get a shot on goal, it was Sudbury goalkeeper Penny Everett who was there to keep the score level.
Sudbury had a chance to take the lead from a free kick which Charley Roach-Smith took, however her effort failed to dip enough and landed on top of the net.
There was controversy on 40 minutes, when the referee gave a penalty against Sudbury after Everett made what appeared to be a fantastic stop as the Wymondham striker tried to take the ball past her in the penalty area. After considering his decision momentarily, the referee correctly reversed his decision and gave a drop ball which was uncontested.
Sudbury almost took the lead before half-time as the ball fell to Ceri Harris on the edge of the area and her resulting strike fizzed narrowly over the cross bar.
The second-half began with both sides looking to start quickly and this time it was Sudbury who got the first chance. Ceri Harris found Mia Etheridge in space on the right after some one touch football between Phoebe Soctt, Rachel White and Harris. Etheridge drove at the Wymondham defence, beat her marker and squared for Halil, but her shot was wide.
Sudbury took the lead in this game through an excellent Harris strike. Rebecca Chandler found Harris on the left-hand side of the Wymondham box with a long free kick, which she controlled well with her first touch, before cutting back inside the Wymondham defender and unleashing a looping strike over the keeper into the far corner.
This seemed to rattle Wymondham momentarily and another Sudbury chance arose soon after thanks to pressure from Halil, but her effort was blocked then sliced wide by a Wymondham defender.
Wymondham, however rallied and 5 minutes later they were level. Some nice football saw the Wymondham winger head a cross back across the face of the Sudbury goal which was controlled by the striker and finished into the bottom corner.
Wymondham continued to push for their winner, coming close soon after with a strike that was deflected and then saved by Everett.
Sudbury then suffered an injury to winger Etheridge, but with no subs, she continued, albeit with limited mobility.
Wymondham eventually got their winner on 78 minutes. Another well-worked goal saw the Wymondham winger dribble the ball past several Sudbury defenders before squaring to the Wymondham striker with her back to goal. She laid the ball off to her team mate on the edge of the area, who thundered the ball into the roof of the net.
This took the wind out of the Sudbury sails and after some late chances for Wymondham, including a free kick that cannoned off the bar, the game petered out to a 2-1 loss for Sudbury.
Next week it is the Women’s FA Cup again as they welcome Acle Ladies and will be hoping for a better result against them after the 4-0 defeat earlier in the season.
Lineup: Penny Everett, Phoebe Scott, Holly Harrison, Rebecca Chandler, Marie Seabrook, Rachel White, Charley Roach-Smith, Ceri Harris, Emma Squirrell, Mia Etheridge, Semma Halil