- Sunny spells
First game of 2016 and it was a visit to Bretton bog where the lines are barely visible and looked like they hadn't been marked since the last king died.
A strong squad arrived in good heart after some great work in training on Tuesday night, where the ball was passed around for fun in the practice match and goals were created from the back and developed forward.
It was good to see Hannah back from Uni giving us more options up front.
For some reason though, instead of getting the ball down, controlling and then passing to feet, we played most of the game playing hoofball, a game we are not good at and do not need to play with the talent available in our squad.
Very few chances were made by either side in the first 45 minutes, with ICA winning several corners but nothing coming from them.
Half Time 0-0
We had the wind at our backs in the second half which should have helped us but it was ICA who took an early lead on 48 minutes when a cross was turned in past Katie, who had very little to deal with all day. What she did have to deal with, she did well.
We had some periods of possession and on 65 minutes we had a corner that was diverted towards goal by an ICA player, but it found the post and no one was available to poke in the follow up.
On 75 minutes came the games big talking point. Good work down our left resulted in Alice driving towards the edge of the box and unleashing a dipping shot over the keepers head, a superb goal. The ICA linesman/coach had different ideas though and put his flag up for offside. After lengthy discussions with the referee, the goal was disallowed by his interpretation of a 'new rule', unbelievable stuff but it stayed 0-1. You have to feel for Alice, having such a stunner ruled out.
On 82 minutes, we changed to 3-4-3 to try and force an equaliser but our attacks came to nothing.
On the stroke of the final whistle came the games other talking point. Tash was heading towards the sideline to shepherd the ball out and she received a blatant barge in her back that sent her flying into the ICA subs, kit bags etc. She was very lucky not to have received a serious injury as she could have landed in any of a dozen different ways. There is no room for that kind of behaviour in the women's game and the player unsurprisingly received nothing more than a talking too.
Full Time 0-1
A sad way to end the match, but we go down to yet another single goal defeat, against a very average opposition. We played well in patches but need to dominate the game for much more than we did today.
We must get our heads down and re-focus for our County Cup match v Moulton next Sunday, still plenty of the season left to play for.