Win continues to prove elusive...
But improved performances continue across the team
Mother's Day 2017, and most of our players' mums had given up their lie in and came down to Butt Field where they made a lot of noise. Well done ladies.
This was our first game against Long Eaton since their change of coach. For this game at least they seemed to play with a more direct style, and since we have usually struggled against this kind of team it was interesting to see how the girls coped.
The first half ended 0-0, with the visitors slightly on top in terms of possession and time spent in the attacking half. Both teams created a few chances and opportunities but were unable to finish them off. The real question for the Bingham girls was how they dealt with Long Eaton's quick and powerful striker who was the focus for most of their attacking play. The answer in the main was 'pretty well', and when she did get through on goal either Pip did enough or the other defenders put themselves in the way.
At half-time the home side received instructions to try to hold the ball up in attack a bit more and to take players on in wide areas, to see if we could pull the massed ranks of defenders out of position. This almost paid off within a minute of the restart but Mia unfortunately dragged her shot wide. Midway through the second half a long ball over the top saw the visitors benefit from confusion between defenders and 'keeper to poke the ball home. With plenty of time remaining Bingham pressed hard for an equaliser and created lots of opportunities, but once again it seemed to be one of those days. Had we created nothing the coaches might have been unhappy, but as it was there were chances aplenty to score with perhaps the best two falling to Mia at the start of the 2nd half and to Nic right at the end. On other days this season those have been tucked away in the net, so as frustrating as it is to lose a game like that, there were many positives we could take from it.
There was good play right across the team this week. Honourable mentions this time around go to Evie for another assured display in defence where she continues to show great composure, to Pip in goal for being properly "on it" this week and pulling off some good saves despite feeling under the weather, and to Drew for playing as a wide midfielder for the first time and probably having her best ever game for us. BTFC Player of the Match was Anna G in central defence for coping very well with a tough opponent.