OLDLAND LADIES EASE TO FRIENDLY WIN IN EIGHT GOAL ROMP
Barring the last twenty minutes of the first half it was a game that Oldland had complete control of as subs Romany Cochrane and debutant Fran Dalton scored five second half goals between them to add to a first half double from Amy Street and a goal from
The visitors were young and eager to make an impact as straight from the off they were intent on putting the Oldland back three of Vicky Mundy
and Georgina Bragg
under pressure by playing balls over the top and trying to turn them but any such balls were comfortably dealt with. Oldland grew into the game and took the lead after 9 minutes when a Beth Dale
shot from 20 yards was fumbled by the keeper and Amy Street
, who was following up neatly slotted home.
Some of Oldlands build up play in the early stages was pretty impressive and another good team move on 16 minutes saw the ball find its way to wing back Laura Elphick
whose defence splitting ball found Annie Hawkins-Hoare in space to comfortably stroke the ball past the opposition keeper.
The Abbott's were looking dominant by this stage and just a minute later a long clearance from Oldland keeper Jayde Holcombe
eluded the BLU defence and speedy striker Amy Street
left the defence in her wake to score in off the post for a neat finish. A flurry of chances were missed as Street,Hawkins-Hoare,Dale and Elphick missed further opportunities before BLU staged something of a revival.
They started passing the ball better and all of a sudden their pacy strike force were causing jitters in the home defence. Indeed Holcombe made several fine saves to keep the score line blank for the visitors and when she was beaten, the crossbar came to the rescue for Oldland. BLU scored a deserved goal on the stroke of half time with a stinging shot that beat Holcombe at her near post.
A slight change to Oldlands formation at half time and a substitution saw Oldland start the second half brighter and the introduction of new signing Fran Dalton
on 50 minutes paid dividends as Oldland took complete control of the second half with Holcombe hardly having to make a save. The Abbott's made it 4-1 on 53 minutes as Hawkins-Hoare found Dalton free in the box and she crashed home a shot off of the underside of the bar.
Dalton and strike partner Romany Cochrane
were causing problems for the away defence with Hawkins-Hoare promoting well behind them. Wing backs Elphick and Laura Garlick
seemed to have their players beat at will and Dale and Nicky Hawkins-Hoare were controlling the midfield. The defence were also first to anything loose at the other end and all of a sudden, in a contrast from the end of the first half, it seemed a matter of how many Oldland were going to score.
It was Cochrane and Dalton who combined for the fifth on 62 minutes when some neat interplay saw them carve the defence open and Dalton scored with ease.
It was Cochrane's turn to get on the scoresheet next as a run upfield from Bragg saw her beat a couple of players before finding Cochrane on the edge of the box who smashed the ball home on 75 minutes.
With just 5 minutes left on the clock it was Annie Hawkins-Hoare who freed Dalton with another fine through ball and the tall striker made it 7-1 and made it a hat trick on debut. There was still time for one more Oldland goal as with the last kick off the game Cochrane fired home from the edge of the box again after another assist from Annie Hawkins-Hoare.
Just what the Abbots needed as the new season beckons. It was in the end,a comprehensive victory against plucky opponents.