A win on the road
Bingham come out on top in scrappy game
With the exception of one game where we caught them on a bad day and had a very good one ourselves, all of our matches with these Long Bennington girls have been close fought affairs. This was no different. The pitch is not the greatest, sloping as it does towards the A1 end of the field, a little rutted and the grass a bit too long. This made it very difficult to get a passing game going or to play with any kind of speed as the ball was constantly holding up under the players’ feet. However it was (as they say) the same for both teams so it was a question of who could cope with it the best.
Bingham kicked downhill in the first half. In terms of football it was largely uneventful as both teams battled very hard but struggled to keep hold of the ball. Space seemed very hard to come by and as mentioned earlier it was difficult to move the ball well. The home team looked like they had scored with the only shot to get past Pip on the day, but the ball hit the inside of the post and rebounded for Evie to clear to safety. Soon after Elisabeth hit a shot/cross against the outside of the post from out on the right wing. From a non-football aspect it was a busy half for the us. Mia went down with a migraine in between the warm up and kick off. Drew had to come off feeling nauseous midway through the half. Anna G then had some breathing problems and had to come off, then to cap it all even our linesman Ian went down injured just before half time, turning his ankle quite badly after stepping in a rut in the field. At half time it was Long Bennington 0 – 0 Bingham Walking Wounded.
After a few positional tweaks and some suggestions to the girls as to how to cope better with the pitch BTFC resumed playing up the slope, with Rick giving up managerial duties to stand in for Ian running the line. The match continued in a similar vein to the first half but slowly Bingham started to get on top. What was arguably the decisive moment of the game was created and finished by Elisabeth. Picking up the ball on the right outside the area she beat her defender and smacked the ball low and hard across the keeper into the far side of the net. It was an excellent goal. Within 5 minutes Nicola doubled the lead with a snapshot from the edge of the box. Bingham had worked hard to get the ball up the right hand side. The cross evaded everyone but we kept it in and when the ball was crossed in again from the left it was half cleared to Nic who struck it hard and low, the ball pinging in off the inside of the post.
There was still plenty of time left in the game but aside from a couple of penalty area scrambles after corners there were no serious alarms for the visitors. We even managed to get Anna G and Drew back on the field after their first half issues. Pip in the Bingham goal looked assured and comfortably dealt with everything that came her way. Evie, Anna B and Bella again formed an effective defensive trio, and in what was a difficult day for midfielders Lauren and Katy worked extremely hard. The forwards all had a good game, two of them on the scoresheet, and Diesel got some more valuable minutes under her belt and grew into the game in the second half.
A tough match with 2 quality strikes being the difference between the teams on the day. Final score Long Bennington 0 – 2 Bingham Town. BTFC PotM was Elisabeth for setting the girls on their way with a great goal.