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
Meollo, Biggs, Allen, Barrett, Rossiter
Billericay Line Up –
Baker (GK), Lumley, Lancaster, Dougal, Porter, Blackie, Addison, Morton, Rushen, Charles, Stimson
Moody, Harley, Stacey, Fuller, Mullett
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.
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.