Sun 04
Oldland Ladies
Cheltenham Town Development
A Street (23'), V Mundy (46' Pen), D Shiner (83')


By Steve Lavis
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An impressive performance that could easily have yielded more goals got the ladies team off to the perfect start on Sunday.

The game started at a frenetic pace with both teams intent on playing some good attacking football. The first chance came for Oldland in the first five minutes as an accurate Jade Scammell corner found Laura Elphick who saw her first time shot cleared off of the line.
The Abbott's were settling into the game quicker than their young opponents and as a result the chances were coming regularly with Scammell just clearing the bar with a searing volley and Annie Hawkins-Hoare seeing a superb diving header hit the side netting after a delicious cross from Beth Dale. With Elphick also hitting the post Oldland were starting to dominate with keeper Jayde Holcombe only having a couple of half chances to deal with.
It was no surprise when Oldland took the lead in the 23rd minute when Leanne Burge produced a defence splitting pass for pacy striker Amy Street to race onto and slot confidently past the onrushing keeper.
The Cheltenham keeper produced several good saves from Burge, Street and Danni Shiner keep the score down however as half time approached they seemed to get more of a foothold in the game but despite some midfield possession they could not break through a resolute Oldland defence.
It was the perfect start for Oldland in the second half as their first attack resulted in a free kick which in turn saw captain Vicky Mundy pushed over in the box.
The ref had no hesitation in awarding a penalty and it was Mundy herself that cooly dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner despite the Cheltenham keeper going the right way.
To Cheltenham's credit their heads didn't drop and they nearly pulled a goal back on 65 minutes when a chip over Holcombe saw the ball hit the foot of the post though it didn't take much longer for Cheltenham's breakthrough to come as just minutes later a free kick from half way in the Oldland half seemed to deceive everyone and despite Holcombe getting finger tips to the ball she was only able to help it onto the bar and the ball then dropped agonisingly over the line.
The last 15 minutes were looking to be a nervous affair as the next goal would define the game but Oldlands nerves were settled in the 83rd minute when Scammell once more won a crunching tackle in midfield and immediately played in Street but with the keeper quickly off of her line she flicked a lovely ball through to the supporting Shiner who raced clear to slot into an empty net to score the goal her performance deserved.
An impressive team performance from Oldland who passed the ball nicely and hugely committed when under pressure.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH----DANNI SHINER---Teased and Tormented Cheltenham all came who even when putting two players on her, found her unplayable at times.

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Sun 04, Sep 2016