Cov & N.Warks 2 v 5 Ladies 2nds

Scorers: S.Bates(2, N.Al-Kudcy, R.Roberts, T.Harrison
DoD: Rachel Probert ‘Pick Me!’
MoM: Hannah Matheson

Adders Ladies 2s travelled away again for their second league game of the season. The opposition had beaten KL 4s convincingly last weekend, causing a little concern for the Adders. They were also missing 6 of their usual squad! Fortunately, the Ladies 1s had a gap in their fixtures and a few of them came to help the 2s out. And what a good job they did! The Adders started a little shakily as they had never played together. Cov & NW were quick, skilful and strong up front and managed to find the gaps in the Adders defence. However staunch defending from MOM Hannah Matheson and some good saves from GK Storm Strugnell meant they couldn’t make their chances count until they won their first short corner and slotted it home! Adders 1 nil down. But the Adders heads didn’t go down and they started to find their rhythm and took the game to Cov & NW. Finally they were awarded their first short corner, up stepped Nadine Al-Kudcy, straight strike and it was 1 all. Adders heads were really up by now. Tireless work from Kara Edwards and Rachael Probert meant they stopped Cov & NW from breaking through and put their defence under lots of pressure. Despite many chances, the Adders couldn’t find the back of the net, until yet another cross was fired in by Rachel E Roberts and Sophie Bates was in perfect position for an easy tap in. 2-1 to the Adders at half time.
The Adders expected Cov & NW to come at them hard at the start of the second half, but again midfielders Gemma Bates and Leah Azzopardi cut out anything that came through, resulting in attack after attack. Rachel E Roberts found herself in space at the top of the D and smashed the goal home. Adders 3-1 and Cov & NW were shell shocked. They upped their intensity and started to put the Adders defence under immense pressure when a shot on goal was kept out by some Adders legs, penalty stroke awarded, suddenly 3-2 to the Adders. Squeaky bum time. But the Adders kept their heads and played a great passing game, Liv Wilkins creating some great opportunities and pressing the opposition defence. Some quick passing in the D, wrong footing the keeper and Tara Harrison was there to slot the ball home. The Adders were 4-2 up and started to relax but kept playing the quick passing game and were rewarded with a 5th goal, a second tap in by Sophie Bates.