A confident team arrived at the lovely facilities at Cambourne, riding high after an excellent performance last time around against Cambridge University.
A cold day was made even colder by a strong wind going down the length of the pitch and we were to play into wind for the first 45 minutes.
Yet again, we started with purpose and we played a confident passing game against a strong and experienced Cambridge Utd Reserves. Making headway when going forward was difficult and we weren't able to trouble the keeper in the first period. It looked like it was going to be goal-less at half time until a speculative shot could only be beaten up into the air by Katie, which was passed into the net by their forward who gambled on attacking the ball. A really deflating moment for all of the Netherton team, management and supporters as we had been the better team for the majority of the first half.
Half Time 0-1
We felt confident that with the wind behind us we would now be able to cause their defence more problems. Throughout the second half we won plenty of ball in midfield but were unable to really fashion any clear chances. with the best chance being a free kick on the edge of the box which Megan P could only curl over the wall into the competent keepers arms.
It was a tough, strong game and it was a good learning experience for many of our younger players, the average age of the teams was a massive mismatch!
Injuries to Stacey F and Amy caused us to rearrange tactically and with the introduction of Shannon with 10+ minutes to go we went to 3-5-2 but although we created some chances, they were either straight at the keeper or snuffed out by their defence.
Final Score 0-1
We can take away plenty of plus points from this game. We really did control large chunks of the game but our Achilles heel continues to be our lack of goals. That is not a moan at our strikers, we all have a responsibility when attacking, just as we don't just blame our defence if we concede goals.
Jenna was superb at the back today and really expressed herself when moving the ball out of defence. Tash was as dependable as ever and both full backs had solid games. No one let us down, but if ever a game was to sum up our season, this was it.
We must continue to play for pride for the rest of the season, we have the talent in the squad to win all of our remaining matches, we just need to believe in ourselves and start scoring some goals! When they come, we believe they will come in large numbers!