Difficult day for ladies 1s
By Alice Lane
Basingstoke 0 - Wimbledon 1As 4
Basingstoke ladies started brightly, demonstrating their quick passing and super skills; however, they were unable to convert their opportunities. Against the run of play of Wimbledon managed to transfer the ball across the goal to find a player who scored at the far post despite the diving efforts of the goal keeper. Basingstoke had lots of possession, but it was Wimbledon who managed to extend their lead following the excellent execution of their first penalty corner. This really seemed to give the opposition a confidence boost, whilst Basingstoke battled hard to remain positive. Roxy O'Dea narrowly missed from a penalty corner, shooting just past the left post. Emily Harris' reverse scoop shot was saved by the Wimbledon keeper. Man of the match Claire Bowman pressed hard, held the ball up well and expertly eliminated opponents. Unfortunately, all over the pitch Basingstoke made more mistakes than usual; in contrast, Wimbledon had fewer circle penetrations but were clinical in front of goal. They won a second penalty and scored again, making it 3 nil. Basingstoke never stopped trying and committed players forward, but in the last few minutes Wimbledon stole the ball to create a fast break opportunity in which their striker scored in a one on one against the keeper. Basingstoke left feeling disappointed, as the result did not reflect their overall performance, but have learned lots of valuable lessons. Next week they are away to Brighton & Hove.