Sun 22
Downed Flyers Women’s First
Oldland Ladies
N Hawkins-Hoare (19'), C Tape (49'), B Dale (55')


By Steve Lavis
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A game which Oldland dominated from start to finish saw them cruise past Downend Flyers and it was only good goalkeeping and sheer bad luck in front of goal that kept Oldland from at least doubling their tally.

The only changes made from the draw against Chipping Sodbury the previous week was central defender Mollie Robbins, starting her first game for the O's, in for Jess Britton,Captain Nicky Hawkins-Hoare returned after being unavailable last week to take her pace in centre midfield which allowed Chloe Tape to move into her favoured 'number 10' position behind Olivia Goozee with Bryony Higgs moving to the right wing.
Defender Laura Garlick and striker Annie Hawkins-Hoare returned to the squad but started on the bench.
The O's started well,immediately putting the hosts under pressure with early chances for Higgs,Jade Scammell,Tape and Olivia Goozee with the Downend keeper making several brave stops whereas Oldland keeper Jayde Holcombe only had largely back passes to deal with. The Abbott's took the lead on 19 minutes with a well fashioned goal after patient play on the edge of the Downend box between four or five players saw Tape pass to Nicky Hawkins-Hoare who placed the ball over the Downend keeper into the top right hand corner.
Oldland were well and truly smelling blood but with being so dominant their play was slightly rushed. Despite regularly getting into good positions it was often the final ball or the wrong decision being made that broke up their attacking play. When they did get it right the home keeper was on hand to make some good saves.
The second half saw Oldland start at a much better tempo and they were using the ball in a much more progressive way. Just three minutes in they were awarded a penalty for a foul by the keeper but Hawkins-Hoare put her penalty over the bar.However from the goal kick the ball broke straight back to the O's and Beth Dale's mazy run that saw her beat three defenders ended with her square pass flicked in by Tape.
The roles were reversed on 55 minutes for the Abbott's third when Tape found Dale whose low shot appeared to wrong foot the home keeper.
The rest of the half saw literally a procession of chances come and go from Oldland with the keeper saving further efforts from Vicky Mundy,Higgs,Scammell,Dale,Goozee and subs Garlick and Annie Hawkins Hoare.
It was the luckless Dale that suffered the most as she had a goal disallowed and in the last ten minutes she also hit the bar and the inside of the post to deny her a deserved hat trick.
On another day and maybe with a tad more luck Oldland could have scored more goals but a fantastic attacking display especially in the second half saw them move into third place.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH ---MOLLIE ROBBINS---A fantastic display at the heart of Oldlands defence on her full debut. Dominant in the air and composed on the ball, she started many attacks with her willingness to bring the ball out of defence.

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Sun 22, Sep 2019