A performance full of commitment and endeavour ensured the O's moved out of the bottom two on Sunday. There were also moments of real quality about Oldlands play as their recent good form was finally rewarded on Sunday.
The O's were unable to start with the same starting 11 that gave such a good account of themselves two weeks previously against St Nicks in the cup as both Fran Dalton and Nicky Hawkins-Hoare were both ruled out with knee injuries. This meant Sam Morgan was drafted into the back three with captain Vicky Mundy pushed forward into centre midfield. Dalton's place was taken by Annie Hawkins-Hoare who herself was returning from injury.
Midfielder Anne Johnson and defenders Courtney Hobbs and Laura Garlick returned to take their places on the bench.
It didn't take Oldland long to assert their authority on the hosts as they seemed much more the confident team from the off. It took just six minutes for the Abbots to open their account as a pinpoint corner from Jade Scammell found Lydiya Myckalechko at the near post who beat the keepers dive to slot home.
Oldlands pressing was once more impressive and frome were not able to cope with the pressure being put on them with Oldland forcing them into plenty of mistakes. This resulted in a series of corners that the O's were unable to capitalize on. By contrast Oldland were being given too much time on the ball and the midfield five of Beth Dale,Scammell,Mundy, Sophie Gidley and Laura Elphick were causing chaos in the home defence with their constant runs into the box.
It was because of the constant pressure and willingness to chase lost causes that Oldland scored their second after 36 minutes when a lung bursting run from the back from Morgan saw her win a throw in deep in the opposition half. The ball found Mundy who burst into the Frome box and ran through several challenges to square the ball to Myckalechko who tapped in at the far post.
Frome certainly stepped up their performance level at the start of the second half and whilst in quality, they were a long way from Oldland, they were certainly able to match the effort and workrate of the O's.They hadn't tested Oldland keeper Jayde Holcombe and still didn't look likely too but a combination of better defending as a team and a poor final ball from Oldland meant that Oldland were finding it a little harder to create chances.
That is until the 67th minute when Scammell scored what could be the Abbott's goal of the season. A trademark run from deep to the left touchline was spotted by Gidley and Scammell let the ball bounce once before smashing an angled left foot volley over the stranded home keeper from 25 yards.
By now Oldlands subs had entered the fray and Garlick,Hobbs,Johnson,Romany Cochrane and Amy Street were looking all looking impressive after taking the pitch. Garlick was just unable to get on the end of a throughball with only the keeper to beat,Cochrane saw the home keeper make a superb one handed save to beat away a goalbound shot and Street missed the top corner by inches after her stinging shot from another Scammell run into the box.With Johnson making some vital interceptions in midfield and Hobbs composed at the back it was a superb team performance from all concerned.
After all of this there was still time for one more Oldland goal on 83 minutes when a Scammell corner was only partially cleared to Dale on the edge of the box whose header back in found Mundy who looped a back header over the line despite the spectacular attempts of a home defender to clear the ball.
A tremendous result and performance which pushes Oldland out of the bottom two and up two places in the table.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH----Sophie Gidley--Once again a workaholic performance as she linked the play superbly and drove the team on from midfield and a great ball for Oldlands third goal.
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