Chester ladies 4s 0 Whitchurch ladies 1s 5
Whitchurch ladies 1s travelled away to play against Chester ladies 4s. Whitchurch knew that they needed a strong performance with two games to go and promotion still a possibility.
From the start Whitchurch applied pressure to the Chester team and scored within the first 5 minutes as a shot from captain Catherine Gresty bounced off the keeper and to Sue Reed who scored the first of her four in the first half.
Whitchurch had a number of chances but were unable to convert but kept up the pressure with some amazing runs and tackles from Emma Harper, Jane Williamson and Laura Workman down the left side of the pitch. Whitchurch continued to create chances and as the shots came Sue Read positioned herself in the right place to pick up deflections and re-bounds.
Despite their dominance Chester showed that given the chance they could still be dangerous on the break and the post saved Whitchurch on the stroke of half time.
Whitchurch started the second half with a comfortable lead and settled quickly into the game with Catherine Reese-Gresty and Jess Kimberley sweeping up any attacks at the back and feeding the midfield. Down the right hand side Whitchurch held their fort with Emily Hilton and Hebe Dixon rolling to keep up the intensity of the attacks, when Lisa Sullivan picked out the run of Emily Hilton she neatly slipped the ball under the advancing keeper. In the later stages Hilton thought she had another with a lifted shot but the Chester keeper got her finger tips too it and it dropped just wide of the post.
Lisa Sullivan got player of the match and Whitchurch got another vital three points. It now all comes down to the last re-arranged game against Alderley Edge on Sunday March 20th.
Whitchurch Ladies 2s 3 Brooklands Poynton Ladies 4s 0
With the last game of the season, Whitchurch were excited not to finish bottom of the league! As stand in captain Emma Clarke won first pushback the team were “on it like a rocket” as skilful play from the Whitchurch team meant that Phoebe Jones opened up the scoring in the first three minutes.
This gave the team a wave of confidence and within five more minutes, applied pressure meant that Ashleigh Heath had a straight shot on goal. Whitchurch’s next chance came from the right side of the pitch as Masie Owen passed to Charlotte Lawder who spotted Hayleigh Busby on the right wing who drove along the base line picked out Helen Hocknell in the dee who then popped the ball in the back of Brooklands net.
Whitchurch went into half time ecstatic and with the help of the half time goodies were left feeling energised and ready to show Brooklands what more they can bring. However Brooklands came fighting but with the excellent defending from Mel Reid, Emma Clarke, Becky Brookfield, Masie Owen, Martha Teggin and keeper Shola Bailey, quickly cleared the ball and Brooklands chances of scoring.
Whitchurch were determined to get another goal and never stopped fighting with teamwork from Helen Machin, Sami Ives and Emily Vernon who just kept on coming at the tiring Brooklands team.
The final whistle was blown by none other than Whitchurch’s very own Wendy Cooper along with Tom Leonard who both did sterling jobs umpiring. Player of the match was awarded to Charlotte Lawder.
The ladies 2s would like to thank all of their supporters in cheering and encouraging them, Julia Neale for leading her team in her first year of captaincy and also coach Craig Hockenhull for the hard work and time he puts in. They would also like to wish their 1s team good luck in their fight for promotion as they know “you can do it”. The team has improved and developed a great deal over the season and as a result of this finished 11th place overall in the league with 10 points and earned themselves 16 goals.
Whitchurch 2s ladies 05/03/16
Whitchurch 2s ladies 12/03/16