Hampshire County Women’s Division One
Eastleigh Ladies 4
(Chelsea Owton x2, Samantha Hide, Kim Whitcombe)
Bournemouth Electric Ladies 2
(Danielle Ormesher, Maisey Smith)
Attendance: 32 approx. headcount
Fleming Park Leisure Centre
Sunday afternoon and pure boredom has set in, what could I possibly do? Go and sit in the pub watching some FA Cup games on the TV or go and find another live game to go to.
I opted for the second choice, even if I did vow to not watch ladies football for a while after Southampton Women’s versus Newbury Ladies back in September, it was time to give it another go.
My original choice of game was Winchester City Flyers at Totton & Eling’s ground but I think the weather had won with the game being called off so I headed into Eastleigh to Fleming Park to watch Eastleigh Ladies take on Bournemouth Electric Ladies.
Fleming Park is a leisure centre first of all. I didn’t venture inside but reading on their website they have a pool, gym, café etc.
At the back is a massive park where junior teams, dog walkers and runners all shared a space to do their respective Sunday afternoon activity.
The pitch was pretty basic, multi-purpose community area and lets mention it isn’t Eastleigh Ladies’ usual home pitch. With no barrier around the pitch to keep spectators off the touchline and no dugouts, everyone from player, to spectators to management and substitutes were open to the elements, thank goodness a bit of second half drizzle didn’t materialise into heavy rain.
That is pretty much all I could say about Fleming Park, I was in no real mood to go and explore but to just enjoy the football in front of me and like September watching Southampton Women’s, there was plenty of goals.
Eastleigh Ladies made it eight wins in a row in all competitions with a comprehensive win over Bournemouth Electric in the Hampshire County Women’s League Division One game.
The Spitfires were 3-0 up at the break before adding a fourth early after the restart. Electric did score twice late on but it wasn’t enough to go back west with a result.
The home side were given the best possible start on two minutes when Kim Whitcombe’s corner met Chelsea Owton in the box to head home the opening goal of the game.
Bournemouth nearly found the equaliser in an end-to-end encounter when the visiting winger rattled the underside of the bar from the edge of the box before the ball bounced out and away.
That chance should have brought the scores level, however it was Eastleigh who doubled their lead on 30 minutes when Whitcombe was the provider again when she drilled a low cross into the box for Sam Hide to tap in from close range.
Both keepers were being kept busy as Bournemouth should have been clinical when the home goalkeeper made a good save before the Electric forward blasted over the bar.
Eastleigh’s number five then had a great shot saved one handed by the visiting ‘keeper, however she could do nothing to stop the home side scoring a third. Whitcombe swung in the corner and the spills the ball into the net.
Bournemouth rattled the crossbar again when the number two hit a long straight free kick that was out of reach of the ‘keeper but couldn’t quite dip in.
It could have easily been four before half time but the visiting keeper showed a moment of class to make three quick saves to stop the ball crossing the line.
Five minutes into the second half, Eastleigh did make it four when Owton scored her second of the game with a sweet strike from the edge of the box after some good play on the wing from Tash Konczak.
Electric then hit the bar for a third time when number seven smashed the woodwork with a well hit shot.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty by referee Tim Watts and Danielle Ormesher made no mistake when she smashed the ball straight down the middle to ruin Eastleigh’s hopes of a clean sheet.
As the game wore on, Electric made a good showing of themselves and Maisey Smith made it 4-2 on 78 minutes when she smashed the ball towards goal and it took a little bounce off the surface and over the keeper to end the game 4-2.
2016/17 Games: 77
2016/17 Grounds: 56
Total Grounds Visited: 149 (38)