BUCS Western 2A League (Female)

Team Solent Women’s Firsts 7

(Amber Siley x2, Coral Oakley x2, Victoria Carleton x2, Emily Crook)

Plymouth University Women’s Firsts 0

Attendance: 15 (approx. headcount)

Test Park (3G)

This wasn’t the game I had in mind when I went to Test Park knowing that I was in for two matches.

With the men’s third team kicking off at 12:30 and the first team at 2:00, I was looking forward to the two games. However waterlogged pitches meant that the men’s first team had a day off and the women’s were booked onto the 3G pitch at 3pm so I decided to give it a go.

I had 45 minutes between the first game ending and the women’s game starting so I did some errands, grabbed some lunch and returned to the 3G just in time for kick off.

It was perfect really as I had two shifts at work with a five hour break in between so why not get a couple of games in across the road to kill some time.

The Game

Team Solent Women’s stretched their winning run to six games with a convincing 7-0 victory over bottom of the league Plymouth University.

With four games left to go, Solent are unbeaten in the Western 2A this season and look odds on for promotion despite Marjons sitting just three points behind in second.

The side, coached by men’s star Jesse Waller-Lassen scored three times in the opening 12 minutes to take a commanding lead into the break.

Four goals in the second half sealed the three points in style to protect the Sparks’ lead at the top.

Victoria Carleton struck the post from a well-taken free kick with just three minutes on the clock before Emily Crook messed up the chance to put the hosts ahead.

The home side did take the lead on seven minutes when Amber Siley smashed in at the back post after Plymouth had not managed to clear the ball from a corner.

A minute later, Coral Oakley sent another testing ball into the box from a corner and it hit the Plymouth number 11 before rolling over the line with Oakley going on to claim the goal.

Solent were showing why they were top but Plymouth’s ‘keeper did well to make a double save before the ball rolled out for another corner. From the resulting set piece the ball ended up again in the back of the net from an Oakley delivery as the game looked like it could reach double figures for the away side.

The home side looked deadly from set pieces and Siley smashed the ball over the bar after Plymouth had half cleared the danger.

Plymouth were not in the game at all and Solent went close to adding a fourth when Esther Lau-Mackaay headed against the post from another corner, this time Carleton with the delivery.

On 37 minutes, Carleton’s close range effort was parried by the ‘keeper onto the bar and then caught again with the away side celebrating like they had won the game.

It was much of the same in the second half and Plymouth still hadn’t worked out how to defend corners with Gennevieve Lewis heading just wide.

Waller-Lassen’s side added a fourth on 58 minutes when Siley grabbed her second of the day when Crook played a ball into the box and which finds Siley who fires in.

Just after the hour mark, Crook forced a good save from the ‘keeper who tipped the ball around the post.

Carleton got on the score sheet herself on 70 minutes when she fired in the fifth of the afternoon.

The woodwork came the rescue for Plymouth again when Crook managed to fire a header at goal that cannoned off the post.

Carleton grabbed her second of the day when she added Solent’s sixth on 77 minutes when she fired into the roof of the net to do wonders for Solent’s already impressive goal difference in the league.

As the game reached the final minute Solent rounded off the game with a seventh when Crook grabbed her first of the match.

2016/17 Games: 87

2016/17 Grounds: 50 (9)

Total Grounds Visited: 150 (40)