Bingham girls denied in very close game
Good workout in the Spring sunshine (remember that?)
The clocks went forward and the sun came out. At least, we think it was the sun but having not seen it for so long no one could quite remember what it looks like.
We weren't really sure what to expect from West Bridgford. We didn't play them in the pre-Christmas league because they went straight to 11-a-side, so with them having to play against the likes of Forest, Derby and Wollaton would they be too good for us? As it turned out, the answer was "not really" but obviously with the caveat that they scored more goals than us!
The Bingham U14 girls arrived for this lunchtime game with much lower numbers than we have been accustomed to of late. Just the one substitute meant that all of the players would get plenty of playing time, though a shortage of defenders and midfielders meant a bit of a rejig and unfamiliar positions for some. In the first half the home team had long spells of dominating possession but were unable to turn that into goals. Our best efforts came from Lauren playing down the left, where she gave both the right back and right central defender a torrid game and forced several good saves from the tall West Bridgford goalkeeper. Midway through the half the sucker punch came when the visitors scored with their first shot on target. The game remained even for the rest of the half and at the break it was BTFC 0 - 1 WBCFC.
After a pep talk Bingham equalised inside two minutes after the restart. After initially miscontrolling the cross, Mia got the ball out of her feet and slotted home from close range for her 4th goal of the season. We continued to dominate possession but looked vulnerable on the counter-attack. WBC regained the lead midway through the half, our defence was perhaps a little too open but there is no doubt that the visitors looked good passing the ball around the attacking third of the pitch. This ultimately proved to be the difference between the teams. Bingham continued to press hard but couldn't quite make it count. The coaches didn't know whether to stick or twist and push players forward for an equaliser, but as Lauren was making so much good ground on the left it looked as though it was coming anyway. Sadly it was not to be but it was a good close contest and a great development experience for the girls. Full time BTFC 1 - 2 WBCFC.
All the girls played well but the BTFC Player of the Match was Lauren. Real attacking intent, good skill, quick running and dribbling. A joy to watch and deserved a goal.