Gowerton v Swansea 3rds – Captain’s Report

This week the girls had the task of battling against the sideways rain and wind. We can’t remember the last time we played without it raining haha. Despite the elements the ladies smashed it again this week. 

The first half was pretty equal between both teams with the majority of the play being within the 2 centre 25 yard quarters. Defence were solid keeping Swansea at bay, midfield held the centre well; feeding the ball up to Nicola Tucker and Jessica Williams. The girls were very settled, demonstrating some fantastic one twos and set plays (the ladies smashed them this week). The first goal came from myself of a short corner putting the ladies 1-0 up at half time. 

With nothing to change during the half time talk the ladies went into the second half with their heads held high and confident. Another short corner enabled me to secure another goal for the ladies taking us 2-0 up. 

Despite the opportunity for score from two short corners Swansea were unable to get the ball over the line. The ladies managed to keep the intensity high and keep Swansea on their toes. Each member of the team gelled and gave their all. The ladies were able to secure another short corner which meant a 3rd goal for myself. 

The 3-0 lead didn’t slow the girls down. Determination and fight secured another goal for the ladies which came from Ria Cannon. 

However after much scrambling and battling to hold the ball off our goal line Swansea secured themselves a penalty flick which Amy was unable to hold off, this one goal didn’t match up to her fantastic saves that she made during the whole match. 

My captains player this week goes to someone who really has stepped up her game this week! Her confidence has improved massively since joining Gowerton and she is really starting to find her feet and confidence in the team. My captains player is Kelly Melbourne. She ran the line well and made some lovely passes and tackled well. Outstanding effort from her this week! 

Final score Gowerton 4-1 Swansea 

Captain’s Report Gowerton v Radnor

Outstanding win for the ladies this Saturday against Radnor. 

After a good warm up the girls were focused and ready to rock, which showed in the way they played. There was great play from the midfield feeding the ball up to Jessica Williams and Nicola tucker upfront. Defence were strong and manage to hold Radnor off. Man marking was on point causing Radnor to struggle to find any effective plays. 

The first half was slightly frustrating at first, with the girls settling into the game and fighting against the horrendous weather conditions. Despite this the girls managed to secure two goals, one from Jessica Williams and the other from Nicola tucker. Taking the half time score to 2-0. 

After a constructive half time talk the ladies came out even stronger, with great positioning on the pitch and constructive team work. Constant fresh legs on the pitch meant the ladies were able to maintain the intensity of the game and keep Radnor under pressure. Despite a few short corners Radnor were unable to score a goal, meaning a clean sheet for Amy Hansen this week. With a ball fed  from the midfield into the attacking circle Nicola Tucker secured Gowerton their third and final goal. Each member Gowerton ladies worked well and gave their all as they do every week. 

This week I would like to give my captains player to Lauren Humphries for her outstanding and constant efforts thought the whole game. I felt Lauren committed herself to every tackle and didn’t stop until the ball was securely out of Gowerton’s defensive area. Lauren’s hard efforts also didn’t go unnoticed by Radnor as they also gave her man of the match. Awesome effort Lozza well done.