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Post Match Verdict – Norwich (A)

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Sunday 1st November

Norwich City 1-3 Ipswich Town

Ipswich Line-up –

Williamson (GK), Hubbard (c), Cooper, Peake, Adamson, Lafayette, Allen, King, Peskett, Grey, Thomas

Subs –

Meollo, Sutherland, Barrett, Egan, Abrehart, Rossiter

They say it’s the games you play poorly in but still come out with a win that count come the end of the season. Although this was a cup game, it was a tough one at that. The score-line doesn’t always tell the full story at the full time whistle and that stands for this game. The 2nd half seemed to be a struggle for Joe Sheehan’s side as they continually tried to break down the Norwich door but found themselves short of an outcome.

Ipswich have made a habit this season of scoring early and that continued against Norwich when Anna Grey ran to the byline and pulled the ball back for Eloise King to place into the bottom corner. Town seemed to take confidence from that early goal but still couldn’t get a foothold in the game as Norwich were more than happy to shut them down in the middle of the park and not give them time to play their own game. The Canaries were threatening the Ipswich goal from the early stages but Lucy Williamson was determined to get another clean sheet against her name.

Sophie Peskett found the net again as she got on the end of Eloise King’s through ball and slotted it past the onrushing keeper. Sophie has been one of our stand out players in the opening fixtures and her energy today proved she has a lot more to give the team in the coming games.

Paige Peake stepped up to score another free kick, putting it into the top corner and leaving the keeper with no chance. This was after she struck another free kick onto the cross bar earlier on in the first half.

After the break was when things got tough for Ipswich. Their Norfolk based rivals came out looking to play on the counter attack and it worked. Sitting back and closing down any possession in the midfield, forcing them to go back instead of forward put the team at a loss of causing Norwich problems. Ipswich did create some chances in the second half, coming from the wide players but a well organised Norwich defence was keeping them out.

Ipswich kept solid and it was only a mistake from a short Town corner that allowed Norwich to counter attack and see Keunna be put through 1 on 1 with Lucy Williamson and slot the ball into the far corner of the net.

The Ups and Downs –

It was a bit of a back step in terms of performance for the Tractor Girls but many will say it’s the result that matters. Town advance into the next round of the cup but Joe Sheehan will be looking for a big improvement on the pitch when they travel to Leyton Orient next Sunday, assuming it goes ahead with the new lockdown coming into play on Thursday.

On a brighter note, Eloise continued her scoring form against the Canaries and some good team work down the left side between Grey and Hubbard saw them cause a headache for the Norwich Right Back.

Player Of The Match –

This was probably the toughest pick so far this season as there wasn’t any really stand out performances. But in the first half, Anna Grey run the left side of the pitch ragged. Hitting the byline to find Eloise in the box for the opening goal and then creating lots of chances for her team mates in the box. I thought the link up play between Anna and Eva was really encouraging and Norwich struggled to keep tabs on them and stop their crosses. Most of the play in the first half eventually went down that side of the pitch, just because of how much trouble it was causing Norwich. Anna’s performances this season seem to get better and better with each game and she deserved this POTM for the chances she created for the team.

Post Match with Joe

“I think we started well, scored early. Some elements of some good play”

“Bit disappointed we didn’t build on the good start we had”

“Second Half, I’m a bit disappointed if I’m honest. We didn’t really capitalise and didn’t really look to impose ourselves”

Officials –

I always feel derby games are awkward to overlook. You come down too hard and you risk taking the passion out of the game but you let things go and you risk losing control of the game. I feel Referee Harvey Newstead had a fairly decent game, although inconsistent with his decisions. A few times he gave a free kick for something he let go earlier in the game and this was the same for both sides, not just for Ipswich. Other than that, the majority of his performance was fairly decent. A few rough challenges from the home side but nothing where the ball wasn’t played or could be classed as malicious. We have had a lot worse officials in recent times. an 8/10 for me. More consistent decision making would have given him a 10.

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Post Match Verdict – Peterborough NS

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Sunday 18th October

Ipswich Town 10-0 Peterborough Northern Star

Ipswich Line-up

Williamson, Rossiter, Cooper, Egan, Hubbard, Lafayette, King, Sutherland, Abrehart, Barrett, Thomas

Meollo, Grey, Allen, Peake, Peskett, Billson, Adamson, Brasero

Perfect Send-off

This game marked the farewell for popular Ipswich Town Coach Paige Shorten. After spending so long at the club and helping produce some brilliant young players, Paige is leaving the club for pastures new as she takes up a new position with the FA. Everyone at the club, I’m sure will miss her presence but wish her all the best on her new journey.

Debut Appearance –

Young Midfielder Sarah Brasero made her first team debut in the second half when she replaced Eloise King, making her the youngest ever player to play for Ipswich Town Women. A good showing from the youngster which saw her get a debut assist as she put the ball on a plate for Zoe Barrett to put in the net midway in the second half.

Key Events –

Just like last weeks Post Match Verdict, what do you say about a 10-0 win?, another brilliant team performance, lots of goals and another clean sheet. But it was a chance for some less used players to make their mark.

Amy-Leigh Abrehart certainly done that, causing the Peterborough NS full back a headache trying to stop her pace and close ball control from skipping past her repeatedly, Eloise King got her first goal of the season with some brilliant skill to give the keeper the slip and be greeted by an open goal and Zoe Barrett continued to find the net from the left wing when she found herself inside the box with the goal at her mercy.

One player I always find goes under the radar is Molly Sutherland. Yet again she showed why she could be joining the likes of King, Peskett and Peake, among other, in the England call ups in the not so distant future. Molly opened the scoring today with a beautiful 25 yard strike that hit the postage stamp in the top corner after minutes. The young Centre Midfielder seems to just get better each time she enters the team and provides her fair share of goals and assists, and today was no different as she played a stunning through ball for Eloise King to round the keeper and get her goal. I don’t think it will be long before we see her being a permanent starter each week in Joe Sheehan’s midfield.

Natasha Thomas made sure she was the name on fans lips with another Hat-trick, making it 2 in 2 games now. Thomas got 4 goals in this FA Cup Qualifier bringing her tally to 7 goals in the last 2 games. It’s no wonder teams have being trying to tempt her away from Suffolk. Her opening goal come from a goalmouth scramble after a corner kick which saw the Ipswich number 7 nod the ball home on the 12 minute mark. 26 minutes in and Natasha is proving hot to handle again, an Abrehart free kick is headed clear by the defender but only to the edge of the box, where the Town goal getter fires the ball into the bottom corner with a bullet of a volley. The Hat-trick was complete just 2 minutes later when an Abrehart cross was met by the Ipswich Striker to buried home for another match ball performance.

Just before the break, Ipswich centre half Lindsey Cooper took a knock and Joe Sheehan didn’t see it worthwhile risking her and she was replaced by Paige Peake as a precautionary measure.

Yet again, Zoe Barrett continues to make her stand for the first team. Despite starting on the left and having a quite first half as most the play was down the opposite side, she still found ways of causing trouble for the Peterborough NS defence. Linking up with debutant, Sarah Brasero just after the hour mark to find herself in front of goal and placing the ball to the left of the keeper and into the bottom corner. Another youngster who could force herself into Joe Sheehan’s plans but has tough opposition from Maddie Biggs and Natasha Thomas.

Sumer signing, Georgia Allen joined the action at half time when she replaced Abbie Lafayette. Controlling the midfield and bringing the forward players into play, Allen was making the visitors work hard to regain possession and got on the scoresheet herself after 25 minutes of the second half. Paige Peake’s corner found its way to the far post where Georgia was waiting to stab it home.

Amy-Leigh Abrehart put on a show for the fans and after working hard to set up her team mates, she eventually got a goal herself when the ball fell to her after another goalmouth scramble, topping off a Player Of The Match performance.

Goal number 10 came in added time and it was number 4 for Natasha Thomas. Georgia Allen put the ball in the box and Thomas’s initial shot was blocked but she made no mistake the 2nd time and fired the ball home to round off a big win and progress Ipswich Town into the next round of the FA Cup.

The Ups and Downs –

This part should really just be called “The Ups”, because, simply, there was no downs today, maybe the spots of rain during the game?, but that just sums up how good the game was for Ipswich. I guess Paige Shorten’s farewell would be the only downside really.

Another youngster making her first team debut, clean sheet, 10 goals, and another Thomas Hat-trick. Fair to say Joe Sheehan won’t be losing any sleep at the moment!.

Zoe Barrett put on a good show again and shows signs of promise for the future, and Sarah Brasero looked really good on the ball with good energy to recover it after losing possession.

Player Of The Match –

4 goals for Thomas so surely she gets POTM? wrong. Although I feel bad not handing it to her, and she must be thinking we have some sort of vendetta against her after not giving it her last week, and now after banging in 4 goals, but that just shows how well Amy-Leigh Abrehart played.

The winger is well on her way to an England camp if she continues her form. Amy-Leigh caused no end of problems for the defenders, not just stopping her crosses but also stopping her cutting into the box. In the absence of our usual set play taker, Paige Peake, Amy-Leigh stepped up and provided some brilliant balls that resulted in assisting a few goals.

Her constant pressure on the back line caused them to fold in the first half which paved the way for Ipswich to be 6-0 up inside the first half hour of the match.

Joe’s words –

Joe’s past match interview focused on the continued high energy performance from the Tractor Girls and pleased to be heading into the next round of the cup.

“Same as last week, positive performance, positive result and into the next round”

“Good opportunity for us today to change a few players around”

“I don’t think we started as bright as we’d have liked”

Officials –

Sam Wigington was the referee for this encounter and had a fairly decent game making correct decisions and not really putting a foot wrong, although I’ll only be giving him a 7/10 rating for the simple fact he did seem reluctant to dish out some cards until late on into the game. As the game headed towards the break, some Peterborough NS players started to lose their heads and making rash challenges. A couple of notable slide tackles from behind on Ipswich players which should really have been given as bookings but didn’t come to fruition, resulting in some of the visitors getting away with rough tackles before the referee deciding to get his book out. Better late then never!. 7/10

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Match Verdict – Cambridge Utd (H)

Sunday 11th October

Ipswich Town 10-0 Cambridge United

Ipswich Line-Up –

Williamson (GK), Hubbard (c), Cooper, Peake, Adamson, Lafayette, Allen, King, Peksett, Grey, Thomas

Subs –

Meollo, Sutherland, Abrehart, Barrett, Egan

Cambridge Utd Line-Up –

Butler, Davies, Anne Burt, Moore, Bennett, Otten, Cantwell, Howlett, Mitchell, Khan, Jenkins

Subs –

Hudson Clements, Hodgson, Howe, Rouse, Pamplin

Debut –

New signing Sasha Adamson made her first start in Ipswich colours covering at Right Back in place of injured Maria Boswell and Ellie Rossiter. A really good showing by Sasha, making some intelligent runs forward and assisting Sophie Peskett down the right side of the pitch. Adamson was quick on the ball and brought the players around her into the game.

Key Events –

An emphatic victory for Ipswich Town after a dominant first half which saw the Tractor Girls go into the half time break 7-0 up. Sophie Peskett go the Suffolk side off to a good start 5 minutes in when she got on the end of a cross at the far post and nodded the ball into the back of the net. It wasn’t long before the speedy winger got her second and started dreaming of a possible 1st half hat-trick when she got on the end of Anna Grey’s cross and stabbed the ball home.

17 minutes in and a Paige Peake corner was turned into their own net by a Cambridge United defender making the near post. Town striker, Natasha Thomas, bagged a hat-track in the 10 goal win and opened her account when Eloise King slipped a ball through the Defence for Thomas to bury past the keeper. Sophie Peskett was getting involved in setting up goals as well when her cross was met by the head of Thomas to get her 2nd of the match in the 28th minute.

On the half hour mark, the Referee pointed to the spot to award Ipswich a penalty. Paige Peake was more than happy to step up and get her 4th goal of the season. Sophie Peskett was setting up another goal, this time for Anna Grey to place low into the goal and away from the keeper.

Into the second half and Town didn’t leave it long before finding the net again when Natasha Thomas chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper and the ball eventually rolled over the line with Anna Grey unselfishly shielding the ball to ensure it went in.

Thomas was replaced by youngster, and former Cambridge United striker, Zoe Barrett after 68 minutes and it only took her 10 minutes to find the net herself. Amy-Leigh Abrehart, who come on to replace Sophie Peskett, provided a low cross and Barrett was more than happy to get on the end and fire it past the keeper.

The roles reversed for Ipswich’s 10th and final goal when Barrett’s shot was palmed away by the keeper but only as far as Amy-Leigh who finished it and got herself on the score sheet as well.

Ipswich being dominant from the start, Ipswich keeper Lucy Williamson, had minimal work to do due to Towns solid performance across the board.

The Ups and Downs –

When you come away with a 10-0 win, it’s a struggle to come away with any down points, but injuries to Maddie Biggs, Maria Boswell and Ellie Rossiter will cover that and town now have a rest away from League games as they face Peterborough Northeren Star next Sunday in the FA Cup.

Upside? well, aside from the score-line, a brilliant performance from debutant, Sasha Adamson and also the array of goal scorers in the team. Any football fan will know that a striker will have a dry spell each season so it will be reassuring for Joe Sheehan to know that he has goals coming from all areas of his team and not just the strikers.

Player Of The Match –

Although Natasha Thomas’s hat-track was a thing of beauty, Sophie Peskett’s all round performance was something to admire. Not only 2 goals but also 2 assists combined with 100% effort from the winger gave us no choice but to award it to her for a second time this season. Sophie looks full of confidence and her skill on the ball is giving defenders nightmares. We really have a talented player on our hands with a bright future in the game.

Joe’s Joy

Joe Sheehan was obviously overjoyed by this result and spoke of his pride with club Media officer, Kieren Standley following the game –

“Brilliant, I think it’s as good as we’ve probably seen from us I think”

“We played some really good stuff, we do set our expectations high, but for me today, we were excellent.”

Officials –

A poor show from this referee when we last encountered her in the opening game of the season at home to Hashtag United, but this time round was a much better performance from Lorraine Catchpole. Most decisions were right and given the correct way, although it seemed a very quiet game for her until a few Cambridge players started losing their heads near the end of the game. A 8/10 rating seems fair this time.

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Post Match Verdict – Cambridge City (H)

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Sunday 4th October

Ipswich Town 4-0 Cambridge City

Ipswich Line-Up –

Williamson (GK), Hubbard (c), Cooper, Peake, Boswell, Lafayette, Allen, King, Peskett, Grey, Biggs

Subs –

Rossiter, Thomas, Abrehart, Sutherland, Meollo

Team News –

Georgia Allen starts to make her full debut, Maddie Biggs replaced Natasha Thomas for her first start of the season. Maria Boswell’s performance last week earned her place in Joe Sheehan’s starting 11.

Match Changes –

Due to heavy rain overnight and during the day, a pitch inspection at the Goldstar Ground ruled the game could not be played and was moved to the Ipswich Town Playford Road Training Ground which meant no fans could attend due to Covid 19 restrictions. True Blue members were provided with a livestream to watch the game online.

Key Events –

One of the standout points of this game is the 3rd Clean Sheet in 3 games for the Tractor Girls, yet to concede a single goal. It didn’t take long, 2 minutes in fact, for Town to take the lead when Georgia Allen got on the end of Anna Grey’s cross to nod home past the Cambridge City keeper.

City’s Full Backs struggled to keep tabs on Ipswich’s wingers as Sophie Peskett and Anna Grey repeatedly got beyond their makers and got the ball into the danger areas. Sophie Peskett’s cuts inside caused problems as the winger looked to get her name on the scoresheet for the second time in a week.

Anna Grey got Ipswich’s second goal after a Pagie Peake shot was fumbled by the Cambridge keep and Grey was there to tap home the rebound to get her first of the season. Anna come close again in the second half just before the full time whistle.

The Tractor Girls went in at the break 2 goals up but could have been more as the opposition back line struggled to contain the Ipswich Town onslaught.

The wet weather conditions didn’t seem to phase Ipswich as 10 minutes into the second half, Paige Peake ventured forward during a Town attack, the ball fell to the edge of the box after a scrambled clearance and the Ipswich Centre Half placed the ball into the bottom corner to give Ipswich a 3-0 lead.

Lindsey Cooper come close when she headed Paige Peake’s corner onto the crossbar just after the hour mark.

75 minutes in and Ipswich were award a penalty which Paige Peake calmly dispatched to give Ipswich their 3rd win in 3 games.

The Ups and Downs –

Only downside today was the disappointment of fans being unable to attend due to Covid restrictions on the Training Ground.

Upside, Ipswich are now top of the league with 3 wins from their opening 3 games and 3 clean sheets to match. Paige Peake in now the top scorer with 3 goals to her name and, new signing, Georgia Allen got her first goal just 2 minutes into her full debut.

Ipswich look just as good, if not stronger, than they were last season with the threat down the wings from Anna Grey and Sophie Peskett causing defenders nightmares.

Joe’s Words –

Ipswich Manager, Joe Sheehan, was obviously delighted following his teams dominant display, despite the late change to the game due to the weather. Talking to Media Officer, Kieran Standley, after the game, Joe said he was happy with the team and another clean sheet.

“It’s good to get another 3 points on the board, it’s up to us now to keep building on that going forward”

“It’s testament really to the prep we do in terms of how we want to operate and play”

Player Of The Match –

Another tricky choice this one but we decided on Abbie Lafayette. Abbie was brilliant and controlled the centre of the pitch, taking back possession and distributing the ball to her teammates around her. The young centre mid played some clinical through balls in behind the defence for Anna Grey and Sophie Peskett to run onto and was really calm under pressure from the opposition. There was nothing getting past her today, multiple times she won the ball back and quickly closed down the Cambridge midfield to stop their attack.

Abbie was among a number of players that could have taken this from the game. Honourable mentions to Captain Eva Hubbard and winger Anna Grey who were also in with a shout today.

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Post Match Verdict – Billericay Town (A)

Sunday 27th September

Billericay Town 0-3 Ipswich Town

Ipswich Line Up –

Williamson (GK), Hubbard (c), Cooper, Peake, Boswell, Egan, Lafayette, King, Peskett, Grey, Thomas

Subs –

Meollo, Biggs, Allen, Barrett, Rossiter

Billericay Line Up –

Baker (GK), Lumley, Lancaster, Dougal, Porter, Blackie, Addison, Morton, Rushen, Charles, Stimson

Subs –

Moody, Harley, Stacey, Fuller, Mullett

Debuts –

Joe Sheehan handed a first team debut to Right Back Maria Boswell. An impressive performance from the youngster who looked really assured in possession and calm under pressure. Boswell played key parts in the game, overlapping Sophie Peskett and whipping crosses into the opposition box. New signing Georgia Allen also made her much anticipated return to Ipswich Town, coming on as a Half Time substitute to replace Centre Half Lindsey Cooper, who took a knock in the first half. Georgia made an instant impact, causing Billericay major issues with her creative spark and runs into the box.

Key Events –

Ipswich started off slow and struggled to match the pace of Billericay’s play, getting caught in possession and losing the ball easily in the middle of the pitch. The Tractor Girls struggled to create chances and put pressure on the hosts. Billericay come close and forced good saves from Williamson. Sophie Peskett’s pace caused the Full Back some issues as well as Anna Grey on the opposite side, although Grey didn’t look fully fit after her return from injury. Billericay had done their homework on Ipswich, closing down quickly, especially when they tried to play out from the back. Ipswich broke the deadlock just before the break when Paige Peake does what Paige Peake does best and scored direct from a set piece. Despite the blustery conditions, a Peake corner caused Baker an issue, looped over her and ended up in the back of her net, much to the keepers frustration, who had a decent first half.

Georgia Allen’s introduction to the match at Half Time, replacing Lindsey Cooper, caused Billericay problems. Allen, being used as a central playmaker, was quick on the ball despite having her knee still strapped up and played a brilliant through back to assist Sophie Peskett’s goal. Allen nearly got a goal herself from a Boswell cross, but the ball arrived just a split second too early for the Midfielder. Abbie Lafayette then come close, as she got on the end of a Paige Peake corner but was denied by the crossbar. Maddie Biggs come on to replace Natasha Thomas and didn’t take long before she made her mark, getting on the end of Sophie Peskett’s low cross and touching the ball past the outrushing keeper. Biggs looked very lively after her goal, and probably could have got a second not long later.

The Ups and Downs –

Town struggled to keep up in the first half and took a good 30min to match their opponents. This put the defence under pressure but they coped brilliantly and stood firm. Lucy Williamson pulled off some really good saves to keep Billericay out when it looked like a goal was inevitable.

Eloise King and Anna Grey returned from injury but took a while to bed into the match. A good run out for the duo will work wonders for them heading into next weeks game against Cambridge City on the fitness front and a full week of training to back them up.

A special mention to the Referee who seemed to pull his Hamstring just before the break but managed to see out the game hobbling round the Centre Circle for much of the 2nd half.

Player Of The Match –

A standout performance for debutant Maria Boswell gets her our Player Of The Match vote for this game. Boswell looked very confident and assured with the ball, even when under pressure. During the first half, when Billericay were on top and posing a huge threat to the Town goal, Boswell was solid and stopped any threat from that side of the pitch. Maria also made a big contribution in attack, overlapping Sophie Peskett and getting balls into the box. Again looking very confident moving forward and wasn’t scared to run and take on defenders.

Officials –

Not the worst officials we have ever had, especially after last weeks!. Referee got most decisions correct, for free kicks, but did miss what looked a penalty for Ipswich in the first half. A few questionable decisions regarding whose throw -in it was though, given to the wrong team. A 7/10 seems about right.

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Post Match Verdict – Hashtag United (H)

Sunday 20th September

Ipswich Town 1-0 Hashtag United

Attendance – 221

Ipswich Line Up –

Runnacles (GK), Hubbard (c), Cooper, Peake, Rossiter, Egan (1x goal), Sutherland, Lafayette, Peskett, Barratt, Thomas

Subs –

Williamson (GK), Biggs, King, Wakefield, Bryant

Hashtag United Line Up –

Riches (GK), Thomas, Debell, Gillard, Richards, Binding, Kelly, Abela, Clarke, Wealthall, Turner

Subs –

Hill, Osborne, Paci, Smith

Milestone

Lindsey Cooper’s selection for this game meant the big Centre Half has now played 200 competitive fixtures for the Tractor Girls. An announcement just before kick off was met by a large cheer and applause from the on watching Ipswich fans.

Key Events

It didn’t take the match long to kick into action when a clear handball in the Hashtag United penalty area was missed by the referee and the linesman, much to the frustration of the Ipswich fans, players and staff.

Ipswich were on top and were unlucky when Molly Sutherland come close to breaking the deadlock. Hashtag started to come into the game and put pressure on the Ipswich defence which eventually saw Holly Turner break through, but an incredible save from Town keeper Nikita Runnacles tipped the ball onto the crossbar.

Ipswich come out in the second half and piled pressure on the Tags, but struggled to get that final touch in front of goal. A breakthrough finally come in the 53rd minute when a Paige Peake corner was crossed deep into the penalty area and a failed clearance by the Hashtag defender landed perfectly for Lucy Egan to volley a rocket of a shot into the top corner. Egan, who was playing in midfield rather than her usual Centre Half to cover injuries, put on a brilliant show thought the game.

Hashtag had to soak up a lot of pressure and struggled to cope with Sophie Peskett’s pace and agility, leaving defenders uneasy when facing the Winger.

The Ups and Downs

On the opening day of the season, against one of the favourites to challenge the Tractor Girls for the title, Ipswich played a really good game and weren’t afraid to show their dominance and could have won by more if they were a bit more clinical in front of goal. Youngster, Zoe Barrett, had a brilliant one on one chance just before the Half Time whistle but the Tags keeper was equal to the finish and denied Town taking a lead into the break. Efforts from Sophie Peskett, Abbie Lafayette and Molly Sutherland in the First Half also went begging. On the downside, the Referee and Linesmen missed some very obvious decisions in the game, most notably the clear handball in the 1st minute of the game and also another handball penalty claim in the second half.

Player Of The Match

I’m very torn between Lucy Egan and Sophie Peskett for this. Both players put in an excellent shift. Aside from the goal, Lucy Egan commanded the Midfield and caused the visitors a headache trying to play through the centre of the pitch. Her tackling was on point and wasn’t scared to throw herself into a challenge to win the ball back for her team. Sophie Peskett was an absolute nightmare for the Hashtag defence and they simply couldn’t cope with the winger. Her pace and close control of the ball seen her slip past her marker on a number of occasions and created plenty of chances for her team mates. One standout moment, in the first half, Peskett skipped past multiple Hashtag players and left the defence in her wake, going one on one with the keeper before seeing her effort saved.

Overall, 2 standout performances, but have to give this one to Sophie for putting on such a show and creating the chances.