Wealdstone Ladies 1 – 3 Enfield Ladies

Something had to give in this Middlesex Cup semi-final (7th Apr) as two unbeaten sides met for the chance of appearing in the final. However it was a very strong Enfield side
that  took the spoils in a thrilling 3-1 victory over Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale.

Stones will feel a little disappointed that they didn’t give Enfield more of run for their money, but can take some comfort in the thought they gave the strongest side they
have played in recent times a few scares, and will learn from the experience.

 It only took Enfield 10 minutes to open the scoring. A driven corner was met at close range and hammered home giving the Stones keeper no chance. Enfield with their
tails up were pushing for a second, but the Wealdstone defence stayed resolute to keep the side in the competition. After a jittery 25 minutes Stones started to get a
foothold in the game with both Lauren Simmons and Danielle Forde getting some joy down the right flank making Enfield creak under pressure.

However, just as Stones looked as if they were going to pull a goal back, they were hit with a sucker punch just before the end of the half. A speculative punt from 30
yards up caught keeper Robyn Tillyer in no mans’ land as it bounced over her before nestling in the back of the net. It was a cruel blow for Wealdstone that knocked
the stuffing out of them just when they were in the ascendancy.

A shuffle of personnel at half time saw Wealdstone come out with a much more attacking formation, looking to take the game to Enfield. With a cavalier attacking shape there were spaces at the back for Enfield to exploit and they nearly did so early in the second period. Three times Tillyer was called upon to make important close
range saves to keep Stones in the game. Slowly Wealdstone were beginning to make inroads at the other end, but often found them stopped dead by the very impressive
Enfield defensive unit. Stones came close on several occasions, but the turning point was after 75 minutes when a lobbed ball from Nicola Dixon looped over the visiting
keeper only to bounce off the top of the crossbar. It was a moment that summed up Stones luck on the day.

Only a few minutes later with Stones desperately throwing caution to the wind trying to get the breakthrough to get them back in the game they were finally punished at  the back to go 3-0 behind. It was a cruel blow but somewhat predictable when it came. Stones still continued to battle to the end of the game, and their efforts were eventually repaid as the excellent Rebecca Mills beat 2 players on the edge of the Enfield box before slamming an unstoppable strike into the top corner for the goal of the game. It was scant reward for the teams’ effort though, as the referee brought
 proceedings to an end on moments later .Stones will be disappointed undoubtedly to lose their unbeaten record in such an important game, but can be proud of their efforts and never say die attitude for the whole ninety minutes, and be in no disgrace to lose to such a strong and experienced side.

 

Team:  Robyn Tillyer Lauren Simmons Holly Robinson Katie Harlig Claire Holden Chloe Jarman Kristen Cox Danielle Forde Nicola Dixon Stevie Wickes Rebecca Mills
Rosie Watts Amber Charlton Jo Monachello