Staveley 1s vs Loughborough Town 1s (0-3) lost
Staveley 2s vs Matlock 4s (0-1) lost
Staveley 3s vs Ashbourne 4s (3-0) won
Staveley 1s vs Loughborough Town 1s
Staveley Ladies’ 1s travelled away to Loughborough for an early morning push back.
On arrival the thoughts of facing the already top-of-the-league club with 16 goals in two games, Staveley knew they had a massive challenge on their hands.
A good team talk, and warm up around the track saw them itching to get on the pitch!
The team defended unbelievably well in the first half, going with a plan to man mark and get everybody behind the ball.
The first of four corners came after 10 minutes. but the defence were strong and got themselves out of a few tricky situations.
Staveley got into the opposition’s half for brief moments when passing with pace and working together.
Lauren and Ella connected well up the right hand side giving relief to the defence for a brief period.
Some good work from Holly in CD, passing the ball left to Kelly, allowing the ball to then feed nicely into midfield where Maisie and Ruth worked well together.
Unfortunately Staveley conceded the first goal after 31 minutes.
But heads didn’t drop, they knew it was going to be tough. Their second goal followed in quick succession from a short corner.
Then came a much needed half time for Staveley.
A good half time talk meant they came out determined to keep fighting. They resolved to stick to the game plan and concede as few goals as possible.
The ball flowed easier between the Staveley players when going forward, and they all had the same motivation to get back and defend when they needed to.
Another goal was conceded but the team continued to play, making more chances and breaking up the field – frustrating Loughborough at least.
Staveley showed some great character, and never gave up.
Final score 0-3 to Loughborough Town 1s. Although it’s a defeat. It feels like a victory to Staveley Ladies’ 1s.
Staveley 2s vs Matlock 4s
On a glorious, sunny October morning Staveley worked tirelessly until the final whistle.
A well-drilled Matlock team proved hard to break down. A much improved performance in the second half saw some excellent Staveley possession, great passing, interchange and good movement of the ball.
Throughout the game there was excellent team defending with everyone getting behind the ball and very few ‘picnic blanket’ moments.
Matlock’s first half goal managed to win them the game.
Staveley 3s V Ashbourne 4s
Two youthful sides with smatterings of experience took to the pitch in the late push back.
Ashbourne had the play in the first two or three minutes, but after that staveley took control for long periods of the first half.
Initially the play was down the left with Olivia H and Neyir putting the defence under pressure early, but it was starting to become obvious where they were looking to play.
The senior players realised this and Heather started to free Olivia G to do some marauding runs down the right. This started to spread the play and stretch Ashbourne, more good work by Daisy Lord leading to the first shot of the half.
The midfield was working hard and the defence of Ruby, Lisa, Heather and Seonaid looked solid, snuffing out any threat and giving the team confidence.
A good passing move with the ball going from Sophia to Lottie and to Orla led to the second short, the ball falling to Daisy who forced a third – and a fourth quickly followed following persistence from Sophia.
Staveley didn’t score from any of the four shorts, the Ashbourne keeper was having a good game, but confidence was growing through the team and they were dominant.
Olivia H won two more shots, but in between Ashbourne had a breakaway chance as the marking was lax.
Two Ashbourne players were in behind and Staveley had no idea they were there.
Charlie had to make a good save to keep things level.
It was a wake up call for the team and they went up to the other end, won a shot and Daisy had a good shot saved, and Alice almost poked in the loose ball.
Staveley were not to be denied though, and following a period of pressure Orla battled to poke home from short range, 1-0 and nothing more than the effort deserved.
Another shot (the eighth of the half) quickly followed to underline the dominance of the performance.
Ashbourne came out hard at the start of the second half and were on top but Charlie dominated the ‘D’ and saw off any threat.
Staveley were soon back on top though, Becs shoring up the back line with determination that the ball was not going past her and Simone bossing the midfield.
A quick break by Olivia H saw Imogen have a chance which was seen off by the Ashbourne defence, but it marked the return of Staveley dominance.
The game was starting to stretch as legs tired, and another lung-busting run from Daisy was well rewarded as she fed Imogen who hit the far corner of the goal with a good strike from a fair way out.
The ninth and tenth shots of the game followed without addition to the score, but another breakaway led to Orla crossing and Imogen to finishing from close to the ‘P’ spot with a firm first time strike that owed much to her excellent cricket skills.
3-0 was the final score and well deserved.
The marking needs to improve across the whole side, but the team is gelling well and there were some very big smiles at the end of the game.