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ACADEMY | Women’s Team Thwarted by ‘Keeper Performance

04th March 2019 by Jamie Griffiths - Academy

A superb display by Welland keeper Sophie Ross kept the Women’s side from recording a victory in Sunday’s Midwest Counties Female Football League match.

The Bulls welcomed back both Katie Barr and Tasha Jones from injury, with Tasha having previously been told she would miss the remainder of the season, both earning spots on the bench after being medically cleared.

Second-bottom Welland, having conceded six in the reverse fixture back in October, had started the new year with a new found resilience in defence.

Roxana Dinescu hit the other post, before Megan Holman saw a rising shot saved, and Sophie Elcox-Bond twice had efforts denied by the home stopper.


(C) Helen Warwick

Dinescu then had three more shots blocked with Ross beating down a driven shot, then blocking a narrow angle at the near post, before rushing out to deny again. Evie Jones was also denied as Ross was quick out to block a through ball.

With the rain and the wind lashing the open pitch, the second half slowed down somewhat but Elcox-Bond, Dinescu, and Holman had further efforts to open the scoring denied and, when Ross was finally beaten, her team mates were twice on hand to clear the ball off the line before the Bulls hit the woodwork a third time as the crossbar was rattled by a shot.

Sub Frances Layton had a late chance, but the one on one was again denied by Ross.

The Full-Time whistle saw the game remain goalless, and Coach Ben Archer was quick to name Ross as the game changer, with the coaching team pleased with the way their side had handled the conditions after struggling in poor weather in previous matches.

The Women’s team now travel to face Meadow Park next Sunday before a return to Old School Lane to face Bartestree on March 17th.

HEREFORD: Reed, Brown, Lewis, Parfitt, Francis, Sullivan, E.Jones, Holman, Dinescu, Elcox-Bond, ColeSubs – Layton, James, T.Jones, Barr

(C) Helen Warwick


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