Sun 29
Frampton Rangers Ladies First
Oldland Ladies
C Tape (18'), (67'), N Hawkins-Hoare (32')


By Steve Lavis
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In what was a thrilling encounter Oldland beat unbeaten league leaders Frampton Rangers 3-2 on Sunday with a display that was The O's best for a couple of seasons.

Several changes were made to the starting 11 due to the fact that Oldlands opponents play a wide 4-3-3 and they try to use their pacy wingers as much as possible.
Regular keeper Jayde Holcombe started in goal with Esme Griffiths,Vicky Mundy and Jess Britton taking their regular places in defence with Becca McKay drafted in at left back for.her first start of the season.
Mollie Robbins was moved forward into centre midfield to partner skipper Nicky Hawkins-Hoare with Beth Dale and Bryony Higgs occupying the wide berths with the recalled Annie Hawkins-Hoare partnering Chloe Tape up front.
Oldland could only field four subs as the unfortunate Ella Crookes pulled out with illness on Sunday morning leaving Anne Johnson,Laura Garlick,Courtney Hobbs-returning from injury-and young keeper Briony Lomas on the bench.
Both teams were playing some attractive football right from the off but it seemed that the Abbott's had their opponents rattled as they were starting to get on top. It was Oldland that took the lead on 18 minutes when some delightful midfield play saw the ball spread wide to Annie Hawkins-Hoare who played the ball inside to Tape who then waltzed through the home defence to shoot into the bottom left corner for a truly remarkable goal.
It was only several minutes later that the home team equalised after defensive hesitation from Oldland but on 32 minutes Nicky Hawkins-Hoare deservedly restored the O's lead after the home keeper misjudged a long shot.
The first half scoring wasn't complete however as an attempted clearance from Holcombe only found a Frampton attacker who lobbed the ball back over her from 25 yards. Despite the score being level at half time,the O's were feeling positive as the general feeling was that Oldland had been the better team. The second half started at great pace but after an even start it was Oldland that were gaining the ascendancy as they were playing the better football and creating the clearer chances with Higgs beating the keeper but seeing her shots miss the far post by inches on several occasions. Dale and Annie Hawkins-Hoare tested the keeper from distance but it was Tape that settled the game on 67 minutes when she latched onto a through ball from Robbins to score past the onrushing keeper with a brave diving header.
In truth,Frampton huffed and puffed but failed to really test Holcombe in goal and the O's held on for what turned out to be a comfortable victory.
A quite remarkable performance from Oldland as they ended the home teams 100 % start to the season with a tremendous footballing display both from a team point of view and individually.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH----CHLOE TAPE--A performance in which at least half the team could have won but a dominant and powerful display up front coupled with a moment of sublime skill for her first goal saw Tape win her second award of the season.

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Sun 29, Sep 2019