Woburn & Wavendon Lionesses 1-0 Garston Vintage
The less said about the morning of 3rd November, the better. Rewind a few hours, and the majority of the Vintage Purples were ignoring the fact they had football the next day, whilst enjoying a few too many sherberts...
When England are in a Rugby World Cup final at 9am, then Watford have a late kick off on a weekend in which you're celebrating a teammates birthday, it was never going to end well.
Tired and...well, let's just say tired, the Vintage came in 2-by-2 (yes, that's a zoo pun), each more bleary eyed than the other. We apologise to anyone travelling up the M1 who had to see the sight of one of our players being unwell on the hard shoulder! Struggling to see, Jane wins quote of the day "is it just my eyes or is there about 30 of them over there?"
We faced Woburn last season in the cup, and we knew what to expect from them. They like to make the ball do the work, so the prospect of the running we were about to do was a little bit daunting. Thankfully, the pitch is smaller than any other we've played on recently, so it wasn't overly terrible closing down the space. We noticed early on that although they like to pass out from the back, they weren't always confident in doing so, with Emma, Amy, Ainhoa and Erin all looking to capitalise on misplaced passes.
Defending the bottom of the slope in the first half, as a team we battled brilliantly, forcing Woburn to try their luck from range, and limiting their chances through the middle of the park, in which Noga was able to deal with. The danger came from their corner kicks and set pieces however, and they came close a couple of times in the first half, with some last ditch goal line clearances keeping the match all square at the break. Our best chance of the first half fell to Emma who's 20 yard shot dipped just infront of the keeper who managed to touch it onto the post at the last second, the ball bouncing back nicely to a Woburn defender who cleared her lines.
Our legs tiring in the second half, thankfully we had the advantage of the slope and were able to break down the continued Woburn pressure with Duffy and Jane being the first line of defence, plus Pindy and Steph behind them to make sure any danger was cleared. A couple more chances fell our way in the spells we were able to break down the Woburn pressure, with Jane playing a lovely ball down the left to Emma, who beat two Woburn defenders, cut back onto her right and shot low to the far corner, the Woburn keeper only able to parry, and Ainhoa making a nuisance of herself up top, playing the ball back to Emma again who shot narrowly wide.
But it was Garston who were left heartbroken. Woburn winning what must have been at least their 10th corner of the game, the ball floated over everyone at the front post, and was headed in at the back post with 4 minutes left on the clock. Garston had a couple more attacks but were unable to trouble the keeper. And that was that. Gutting.
Well played to everyone, you all left absolutely everything on that pitch, and it's only a matter of time when our efforts will be rewarded in the league.
POM - Emma