Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies 3


Northwood Ladies 1

Greater London Women's League, Division One
Robert Parker Stadium
13th January 2013

Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies secured their fourth win in five matches with an impressive performance against Northwood Ladies.  The Woods arrived at the Robert Parker Stadium ranked third in the division and played a full part in an entertaining match.

Kick-off was delayed slightly due to the failure of the match referee to arrive.  Fortunately, Stewart Cook, the General Secretary of the Ladies Section of the club, has recently qualified as a referee and the teams agreed he should take charge.

The visitors started well and took an early lead when a well-placed free kick eluded the home defence and was fired into the net.

Ashford did not allow their heads to drop and played some excellent football on a cold afternoon.  The Ash Trees equalised when Lucy Easton fired a shot across the Northwood goal.  Woods keeper Wendy Crawley could only parry Easton’s strike, and Kee Kee Kobus was in the right place to tuck the loose ball into the net.

It was Kobus who gave her side the lead a few minutes later, with a bullet header from a well-placed cross.

Northwood rallied and tried to force an equaliser, but Ashford’s third goal, late in the first half, came about when Woods had committed players forward.  A Northwood corner was cleared as far as Lucy Easton, who received the ball well inside her own half, but charged forwards.  Her run was supported by debutant Georgie Giddings, whom was picked by out by a superb pass.  Giddings strode forward before shooting into the net.

Attacking the Tank End in the second half, Ashford continued to play positively but were unable to add to their tally.  Kobus thought she had scored her hat-trick when she rounded the keeper and rolled the ball in, but she was adjudged to be in an offside position when receiving the ball.  Moments later, Easton hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten.

As the second half wore on, Northwood rallied and created chances of their own.  The visitors should have scored a second when a forward burst through the home defence and beat the keeper, only to shoot wide of a gaping net.

Having had that let off, Ashford saw out the game fairly comfortable to secure a valuable win .

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 Photos by Joanna Ginger