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Ladies' 5s beaten by Banbury

09 March 2013, 10:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Ladies' 5s 1 - 3 Banbury Ladies 4s

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With Captain Becky mixing things up a bit, striker Susan found herself not only on the back line in defence, but also on ‘the back foot’ as she incurred a friendly-fire injury in the pre-match warm-up. Although briefly enthroned on a kit bag with an ice-pack, she refused to abdicate her responsibilities, so, swollen, black and blue ankle aside, she started a heroic game against a Banbury side which had a threatening balance of youth and experience.

We fought hard, hitting space and breaking up a well-drilled side. We distributed the ball well and gave ourselves space and time to feel some sense of control. At the back, we fought off fierce attacks, shouldered short corners and kept pressing forwards, but remained frustratingly impotent in the D. A brief lapse of team concentration allowed the opposition to go one up just before half time.

Encouraged by the first half, we should’ve been able to stay strong and win the game, but despite some good distribution in the midfield and positive attacking from the forwards, we fell 2-0 behind.

We still refused to believe we were out of the game and Lotty brought the dream within touching distance with an insightful run and precise finish. Buoyed by our first goal, we piled on the pressure, claiming most of the possession and eventually winning a critical short corner.

The relief, as the ball smashed the net, was short-lived; too high decreed the umpire.

We struggled to recover after the disheartening effect of the disallowed goal and when Banbury struck with powerful precision from a short corner to secure their victory, we had to graciously accept our defeat and celebrate Susan’s coronation as hero of the day and Player of the Match.

Many thanks to vocal family and friends on the terraces, encouraging us when we deserved it and holding us to account when we didn’t! 

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