Newhaven Ladies 1 v 1 Hassocks Ladies
Scorer: Paige Ripley
Newhaven Ladies got off the mark in the league with a draw against a stubborn Hassocks side at the Trafalgar Ground on Sunday.
It was Hassocks who started the strongest with an early shot which was just wide and a timely interception from Abi Turner thwarting a dangerous attack. It took about quarter of an hour before the game settled down And finally the Dockers put a move together when Duchossoy switched the play to Smith on the left wing and her shot was just wide.
Hassocks were having the better of the chances though and a good block from Chelsea Cook was needed to stop the away side opening the scoring before another shot was saved by Annie Hills.
Newhaven started to grow into the game after half an hour and Maddie Cannon drove forward and passed into Paige Ripley whose shot from the edge of the box was blocked. Another good move down the left as Bashford-Robertson played Smith down the wing and her deep cross was met by Franks at the far post but she could not bundle the ball over the line as it went agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
Hassocks were still pushing to take the lead and had a good shout for a penalty when the ball seem to strike the arm of a defender in the box but the protests were waved away. This was followed by a flurry of dangerous corners for the visitors as Newhaven defended strongly as Jas Godden cleared along with Smith. Then the best chance of the game so far when Godden tried to play out from the back but misplaced her pass which fell to the Hassocks striker who could only put her shot wide from 12 yards out.
This seemed to spark Newhaven into life as a good move involving Cannon and Duchossoy found Salusbury on the edge of the box who turned and shot low just wide of the goal. And it was Salusbury who nearly beat the offside trap when played in by Ripley but the flag stopped her from scoring.
Newhaven made a change five minutes before the break as Samina Speirs came on for her debut in place of Cannon and immediately had an impact picking up the ball deep and driving forward before releasing Smith who sent in an excellent cross to the back post where Ripley made up excellent ground to meet the ball and play it into the roof of the net and give the Dockers the lead right on half time (1-0).
The second half saw Newhaven take control and keep possession well with Duchossoy, Ripley and Speirs linking up well and releasing Smith and Franks down the wings and it was Franks who had the next chance from the right when her long shot was just tipped over the crossbar. The resulting corner from Smith was again just tipped over. The Dockers were now in control and moving the ball well with Franks going close again and Speirs having a shot blocked after weaving into the box.
However mid-way through the half it was the visitors who got the equaliser when a mistake from a goal kick ended up with the ball being played straight to the Hassocks striker who scored into an empty net giving Hills no chance (1-1).
The Dockers responded and pushed Hassocks back with attacks and shots from Smith, Speirs and Ripley. Collier, Laszkiewicz and Falconer replaced Ripley, Salusbury and Franks as the home side went for the winner but that chance just didn’t arrive and it got to injury time before the next big chance came and it was for the visitors as the striker was bundled over in the box in a rare attack and the responsibility fell to the keeper who smashed the spot kick over the bar to the relief of the home side and so the game finished shortly after all square.
Joint Manager Andy Cook reflected afterwards; ‘We are a bit deflated as we felt we should have won the game but in the end we are very relieved to get a point due to the missed penalty in the last minute. It was a strange game as we dominated for large periods but just couldn’t create really good open chances. Our possession was good and we are trying to play out from the back and work the ball through the thirds but its creating those really good chances and having that killer instinct that we just miss right now. We are doing ok but there is room for improvement all over.’
Alex Ladd (joint manager) agreed;’ Another slightly frustrating day for the ladies today. Like last week we played some good quality football, putting into practice what we have been working on in training. Some of the passing was excellent at times and we created some good chances. I feel we did enough to get the victory but it just didn’t quite happen. We continue to work on the positives and try and stop the silly mistakes. Well done ladies can’t fault your commitment.’
Team: Annie Hills, Chelsea Cook, Page Bashford-Robertson, Elle Duchossoy, Jas Godden (c), Abi Turner, Katie Franks (Allana Falconer), Maddie Cannon (Samina Speirs), Emily Salusbury (Georgia Collier), Paige Ripley (Natalia Laszkiewicz) , Lauren Smith