Matlock 4ths 5
Matlock 5ths 0
A FIXTURE against teammates is never pleasant but this league fixture had to be played and, all fired up, the Fifths started the attack.
Forwards Wendy Hammond and Jo Ball, supported by Vicki Wain, made it difficult for the Fourth team’s defence, but eventually the Fourths got the ball and some outstanding tackling by Cath Croney and passing by Lottie Fraser saw them take the lead.
A fine cross from Croney was coolly slotted home by Laura Wildgoose. Despite numerous other attempts on goal, the Fifths’ keeper Meg Davis made magnificent save after save, earning herself the Fifths man of the match award.
Just before the half-time whistle, a short corner was awarded and Croney put in another fine cross which saw Fraser score her first goal.
The second half saw the Fourths take control of the game, but they had to battle the strong Fifth team defence of Rachel Hunt, Netty Reddish and the ever-reliable Laura Loeber. Eventually Lyndsey Pearson slotted home goal number three, soon followed by goal number four from Wildgoose, who was awarded the Fourth team man of the match. Great midfield play by Donna Poplar and the defence of youngster Alice Cunnington, whose confidence and skill improved as the game went on, saw numerous breaking attacks surging forward and a final spectacular goal was scooped in by Julia Bould to finally put the game out of reach.