Kettering 2nds 0
Matlock 2nds 2
ON A fine but blustery day, Matlock came away with all three points against a side who never really threatened to score all game.
Matlock showed their intentions from the start, pushing Kettering back into their own half.
Sarah Joyce and Vicky Hammond linked well up front but couldn’t create too many clear-cut chances.
Good interceptions by Claire Stephenson and Ruth Whittaker, along with some great tackles and covering by Charlotte Horton, making her debut, ensured all Kettering’s attacks came to nothing.
The breakthrough point arrived midway through the first half.
Rachel Moore’s shot from a short corner was blocked by the keeper but Sarah Joyce’s deft flick over the stranded keeper broke the deadlock.
In the second half, Matlock had to dig deep and battle hard as the Northamptonshire side searched for an equaliser with the wind now firmly in their favour.
Matlock’s midfield of Laura Hudson, Jill Beacham, Rebecca Mead and Alice Spencer worked hard to protect the back four and also to support the forwards.
Jill set up the second goal with a superb pass from deep inside her own half that went out to Frankie Price on the right wing.
She then fed Sarah Joyce, whose speed beat several players before unselfishly passing back to Frankie. She had made up 20 metres to tap in from close range.
Matlock’s never-say-die attitude and hard work from the whole team ensured that, while this was never a classic match, the better side won and Kettering can have no complaints with the score.
Thanks go to Sally Spencer for her umpiring, straight from playing her match.