Matlock Baileans 2nds 3
SATURDAY’S visit to Cannock proved a good final warm-up match with Matlock Baileans 2nds eventually coming out on top 3-2.
Cannock were quick off the mark, converting an early attack into the first goal. Matlock struggled to keep their shape and were chasing the ball around the pitch as Cannock played it around the back until they found an opening, played the big hit and picked up just before the D. Matlock began to settle and the ball was fed to Sarah Joyce to score. Matlock rallied and, after some wise words from coach Jon Barry, continued to impose themselves with great attacks down the right.
Cannock went 2-1 ahead, only for Matlock to equalise, again from Sarah Joyce. Matlock’s third goal – making Sarah’s hat-trick – was the result of a great individual run which resulted in a one v one, with the keeper being left for dust as Sarah slipped it round her and into the net.
The first league game is against Newark (home, 11.30am) on Saturday.