Football: Frontiers Ladies pull off vital win to keep title hopes alive

Football / Sat 27th Apr 2024 at 06:39am

Frontiers Ladies 4 v 3 Chelmsford City

ON Sunday Frontiers Ladies hosted league leaders Chelmsford City knowing only a win would be good enough to keep our title hopes alive. 

Playing into the wind first half Frontiers had to absorb some early pressure with some resolute defending and some immensely great handling by goalkeeper Sarah Walker, that kept the score level until the 15th minute when directly from a corner Chelmsford would take the lead when a wind assisted ball sailed over everyone and into the far side netting of the goal, 0-1.

As the half went on Frontiers grew into the game and adapted to the conditions, with both teams seeing a couple of chances come and go it was Frontiers who got the next goal to level it up when Megan Caswell’s throw in down the line found the feet of Charis Howell who easily rounded a midfielder and played a killer pass through to Tayla Handscomb who’s run found her 1 on 1 with the keeper she pushed the ball wide of the keeper with her first touch to calmly side footed the ball into the net for a deserved equaliser, 1-1.

As the half was drawing to a close with 10 seconds on the clock a very soft free kick was given to Chelmsford just outside the corner of the box the ball was floated into the area where a Chelmsford player had no one around her and was able to volley the ball past a helpless Sarah Walker to make it 1-2 at half time.

Frontiers didn’t dwell on going behind so late on in the first half and found themselves all square again with in 10 minutes of the restart after Lauren Yeats was fouled, Tayla Handscombs free kick from over 30 yards out went into the top corner like a rocket giving Chelmsfords goalkeeper no chance. 

The game carried on in the same vain with both sides continuing to create chances and it was Frontiers who got the 5th goal in the game when Ella Fobbester was wrongly given offside and a what should have been goal kick became free kick outside the area that was headed straight back the way it came by Charley Sheridan to find Charis Howell who played a strikers dream of a ball through to Ella Fobbester to run past 3 defenders to shoot across the keeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to give Frontiers a deserved 3-2 lead.

Three minutes later things got even better for Frontiers when Tayla Handscomb picked up the ball in the midfield past the ball forward to Charis Howell who played a ball over the top of the defence which Ella Fobbester again beat the defence for pace and drew the keeper out sat her and the defender down and shot straight in to the far corner with her left foot to make the score line a well earned 4-2. Now 2 goals behind Chelmsford pushed on and got themselves a 3rd which was mearly a consolation when frontiers failed to clear a ball in to the box which fell to the feet of Chelmsford captain around the penalty spot and drove the ball passed Sarah Walker who had been a second half spectator to make it 4-3. Frontiers managed the last couple of minutes exceptionally well and got a thoroughly deserved win.

After the game manager Ronnie Yates said: “What a game first half we had to dig deep playing against the wind and to a player the ladies done that today, they all done exactly what they were asked to do.

“It was a massive win solids across all aspects of the game our keeper Sarah Walker was top drawer her handling especially first half, defence work themselves in to the ground as a unit and gave Chelmsfords forwards very little breathing space or time on the ball and our forward play today was unreal how they linked up and drew the defenders in to create space was excellent and there was some special goals as well.

“It’s always great taking points off the league leaders and when you do that by being the underdog and become the better team on the day that shows the character of my group and definitely everything still to play for if we take that work rate and effort into the next 4 weeks who knows what can happen we just need to concentrate and do what we can do and let’s see where we end up.”

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