North Norfolk 3 – 7 IES L1
Ladies 1st team had an early start on Saturday with their first away game of the season to North Norfolk. Despite the long journey in their legs the girls started strongly, working the ball well with good distributions from the midfield to find the forwards early on. However, much the same as last week, the final balls continued to hit the pads and rebounds were slow to be followed up initially.
Finally half-way through the first half IES finally broke down the experienced North Norfolk defence with a goal from debutant Heather Dixon who took it round the defenders and had a strong open stick strike at goal. This was shortly followed by a well worked short corner strike from Maria Wheelan, and a lovely open play goal by Amelia Preece.
Despite IES looking and feeling in control of the game North Norfolk were quick on the attack, and with a slight lapse of attention North Norfolk found their way into the IES defending circle to put pressure on the defence and goalkeeper Sheri Bree. However, at half time the scores on the doors were North Norfolk 0- IES 3.
Second half IES remained strong to begin with, and continued to work well as a team moving forward, however North Norfolk were relentless in staying positive and continued to challenge IES. Unsure of how the second half scoring went, but needless to say there were a lot of goals, it seemed very much one for one at one point where IES scored and North Norfolk answered with quick follow up goals.
The pressure then showed with North Norfolk growing in strength and gaining confidence. IES for a period became very unsettled, and the game a little scrappy. Luckily a series of short corners won by some fantastic play through the midfield and pace by attacker Georgia Harrold, and also a penalty flick saw IES again add tally to their score sheet.
In summary, despite the score it never really felt completely one-sided, as North Norfolk were always very quick to pick up on IES mistakes which naturally unsettled us as a team. Credit where it is due not at one point did North Norfolk give up. IES in the end were very pleased to hear the final whistle and to come home with a 7-3 win. Goalscorers were Heather Dixon, Maria Wheelan (2), Amelia Preece, and Abi Elsom (3). Man of the Match & Golden Stick went to Maria Wheelan for a determined and commanding role at centre back.
Next Saturday’s game is vs newly promoted Framlingham at Rushmere at 11.30am. We look forward to seeing all our loyal home supporters back on the sidelines then!
Match report provided by Abi Elsom