Driffield L2’s travelled to Leeds on Saturday to play the cities 3rd team. The last match against this team was still ringing in the ears of the Wolds Women as they remember the torrential rain and freezing temperatures they last faced them in. However, this time, the weather was positively glorious in comparison with just a small amount of drizzle in the air.
The Driffield girls strolled onto the pitch in fetching salmon pink bibs after captain, Charlotte Smith, forgot to bring the away kit to avoid the strip clash; needless to say, we did not need to think hard about who was Donkey this week.
However, this did not give our girls any reason to falter; they started strong with the push back, Di Levitt taking a self pass and driving straight to the attacking midfield. Quick thinking and short sharp passes saw the Driffield side quickly take control of the play, forwards Harriet Dobson, Chloe Rhodes and Lauren Dinsdale-Young using pace and tenacity to pressure the home team. The forward line was, however, met by a solid Leeds defence whose commanding centre back kept the girls at bay preventing shots on goal.
Leeds, stealing possession, put in a rapid switch and gained pace to pressure the Driffield defence; Ellen Calder, Lucinda Collinge, Mags Purnell and Charlotte Smith were not phased and rebounded the Leeds attack with confidence, clearing the play back to the midfield to instigate a counter attack. This end to end play continued and at half time the similarities in the teams were reflected in the score as neither had managed to place points on the board.
The second half was a similar story where the battle of the midfields continued; Alice Walker, Ash Gate, Rachel Kendall and Bryony Sykes working well, holding structure and keeping key Leeds players out of the game. The teams saw 1 short corner a piece but were still to no avail and shots on goal had been limited; Driffield’s keeper, Debs Nelson only touching the ball 4 times!
Despite the hard work and constant energy, the Driffield girls were unlucky to not convert any of their fantastic phases of play into a goal, both teams fought hard and were evenly matched as always. Next week, a home game for the blues versus Lindum, pb 12.30.
Final Score: Leeds L3’s 0-0 Driffield L2’s.
Girlies: Alice Walker and Lucinda Collinge.
Match Report: Bryony Sykes.