Hard fought draw
Strong winds make life difficult
This was the proverbial game of two halves. Gedling Southbank (and in their previous guise as Sherwood) are a team we've yet to beat in four seasons of trying, so we welcomed them to Butt Field full of hope if not necessarily expectation.
With the strong wind at their backs the Bingham girls dominated territorially whilst giving up some chances to the opposition on the counter attack. Really we were standing off them a little bit for some reason and letting them play. Perhaps this was the result of the previous week being like more of a training game due to low numbers, meaning this week the season was happening 'for real' and it proved a bit of a wake up call. Despite looking a little disorganised at the back, Bingham took the lead through Izzy, firing in from the middle of the penalty area after a corner wasn't cleared. The lead was to be short-lived, however. Pip had injured a finger making a save previously, and the next fierce shot which came her way saw her unable to use that hand and the ball deflected in off her leg. We had to take her off rather than make things worse, and Molly bravely stood in for her despite being very nervous. She had little to do for the remainder of the first half and our girls were unable to retake the lead despite getting into numerous excellent positions. Half time: BTFC 1 - 1 Gedling Southbank.
After the restart it was Bingham who struggled to get out of their own penalty area as the wind showed no signs of easing. Chances came and went before Gedling took the lead for the first time, their striker firing low through Lauren's legs into the corner giving Molly no chance. As the home coaches spent the next ten minutes fearing the worst, the girls hung in there and rode their luck a little bit before starting to slowly gain the upper hand in midfield. The reintroduction of Katy after a short rest on the bench proved to be the turning point. She immediately made a break into the area and saw a chance well saved. This visibly lifted the Bingham girls who stepped up the pace. After a stoppage for a painful looking knee injury to Eve, Katy again was in the penalty box where she lost the defender with a superb turn before firing high across the keeper into the top left of the goal. It was a cracking goal and well deserved. Gedling missed what seemed to be a golden chance to win the match, before Izzy then went through twice thanks to her own hard running only to see both shots saved by a very good Gedling goalkeeper. Full time: BTFC 2 - 2 Gedling SB.
So it was not to be, but a well contested game and every single Bingham girl worked very hard for the cause. We can't really ask for more than that (though a bit more bite in the tackle early on would be nice!). Honourable mentions to Molly for doing the job that no one likes to do, and to Diesel for her best performance for us so far. Everyone ran their socks off and Izzy should count herself unlucky not to be the Player of the Match as she was excellent once again, but this week that honour goes to Katy for her tireless work in the first half and impact off the bench in the second. Next week sees us along the A52 at West Bridgford, another team we never seem to beat so let's see how we go!