Match Report: Redcar Athletic Ladies 1-3 Richmond Town

Dean McNamee

Dean McNamee

Redcar Athletic Ladies Manager

Richmond Town came to the north east coast to face an injury decimated Redcar Athletic Ladies, who could only muster nine players for the first half of the contest.

The opening 15 minutes of the game, there was nothing between the two teams, until a defensive mistake in the Athletic back line allowed Richmond to take the lead.

The game, played in freezing conditions, was a scrappy affair, and devoid of any real quality.

Athletic should have been level at the break, after a horrible defensive mix up in the Richmond defence allowed Olivia Bullock the chance to equilise, but the ball got lodged under her feet and the chance went begging.

Seconds after the restart, Richmond tried to play out from the back, but the keeper gave the ball straight to Bullock’s feet.

The Redcar number nine delightfully chipped the keeper, only for the ball to bounce agonisingly wide of the post.

As the game wore on Richmond made good use of their substitutes as Redcar started to tire.

Richmond’s second goal came on 70 minutes, when Mia Ahmed played a back pass into her own net.

This knocked the stuffing out of the Ladies, but undeterred, still pushed forward to try and rescue something from the game.

In the 87th minute, Redcar were caught on the counter and Richmond made it three.

Farron McPherson grabbed a consolation goal just before the whistle blew, when her corner took a deflection into the net at the near post.

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