This was the sort of match that gives coaches the shivers when they think about it later, but in the cold light of the next morning you can see that there were valuable lessons to be learned.
Wollaton (& Bramcote) are one of the stronger teams in the division, and we were without a couple of our more experienced central defenders.
However, we changed formation in an effort to give them a run for their money in this late kick off. In a nutshell, we went 2 goals behind in the first half from a situation that we could easily have defended better followed by a goalkeeping error. Wollaton defended very well and we struggled to get behind them. We had a good shot just the wrong side of the post to show for our efforts and the visitors had more possession, but aside from the goals there wasn't a huge difference between the teams. H/T Bingham 0 - 2 W&B.
At half time we switched Izzy to a new position to try to get her on the ball more in attacking areas and gave the girls some advice on how to approach the second half. For 25 minutes the girls played very well, looked secure at the back and threatened the Wollaton goal a few times before Anna G ran on to a great through ball from Lauren and spanked it past the keeper to halve the deficit. We seemed all set to press for a deserved equaliser when we conceded a soft goal through being too casual when defending a corner. Heads went down for 5 minutes and the defence imploded, giving away 3 very simple tap-in goals, arguing with the ref and each other, and the game was done. All that was left was for an infuriated Lauren to take them on almost single handed, dribbling from her own half before playing the ball in to Anna, getting it back, and rounding the keeper for an excellent consolation goal. F/T BTFC 2 - 6 W&B.
The scoreline in no way reflected the bulk of the game. That these little defensive meltdowns have happened against a couple of the better teams in the league is something we need to address, and although it's not pleasant letting in so many goals it has given us some examples we can use to help the girls out of these situations in the future. They have shown that they can live with these teams for the majority of the match, and considering the relative amounts of player experience between our girls and the other teams, we are doing well.
BTFC Player of the Match was our captain, Lauren.