Kirkby Stephen Ladies 1s headed over to Lytham St Annes last week, all arriving slightly behind schedule, and therefore having to warm up in minimal time.
Lytham used this to their advantage, and were better team for the first 15mins but Kirkby Stephen defended well and held them off.
Kirkby Stephen’s first goal came against the run of play, the ball was won in midfield, where we broke quickly, with a textbook passing move, Heidi Maughan played a pass to Lucy Potter on the back post, and Potter nurtured the ball over the goal line.
Shortly after half time, Lucy Potter won a penalty corner. Anna Pigney injected the ball out to the top of the D, where Julie Hope struck the ball, Lytham deflected the ball from reaching the goal, but Martha Bainbridge cleaned up by volleying it into the goal. After the celebration of the goal, the girls ran back, where Rachael Gowing excitably ran backwards, stumbled and fell into a snow-angel position… And this began the away sides goal celebration!
Lytham snook a goal in on the left post, after pressing Kirkby Stephen with sheer determination.
The 3rd away goal came from tremendous team work at the back, passing it around and out through to midfield. The ball was then played to Mags Donnelly in the D, who slipped it to Lucy Potter, Lucy passed it across goal to Anna Pigney on back post, where Anna smashed it in the backboard. Julie Hope celebrated, inspired by Rachael.
The 4th goal, Nicole Clegg took a speedy sideline, drove round the back of the defence with her speed, and played it into Martha who was running in on the penalty spot, and Martha slipped it passed the keeper. Anthea Bowman celebrated, inspired by Rachael.
The 5th goal came from when Heidi played a powerball from half way line, breaking the line of the whole of their midfield, Martha picked it up on the reverse fantastically on the top of the D, beat the defender and struck it into the corner, where she gained her hattrick!
The 6th and final goal, also came from midfield, where Nicole gave straight pass to Lucy, Lucy remained composed, defeating the keeper and knocking it into the bottom corner!
Considering it was the first game back in 2022, a delayed start after a rushed warm up, the Kirkby Stephen side soon jumped into their family spirit and played with joy & passion. GK, Sophie Winder; defenders, Jenny Coates, Vicki Capstick, Jessica Harrison; midfield, Rachael Gowing, Julie Hope, Anthea Bowman, Heidi Maughan, Nicole Clegg; forwards, Lucy Potter, Anna Pigney, Mags Donnelly and the hattrick-scoring ‘man of the match’, Martha Bainbridge.