Match Report: Huntington Rovers Ladies 2-2 Redcar Athletic Ladies
With almost no football whatsoever for eight weeks due to the weather, the Ladies made the trip to York to take on an ever-improving Huntington Rovers.
Somewhat depleted by injury and absentees, the Steelwomen made the perfect start straight from kick off. Ellie Booth burst into the box inside seconds, only to be brought down by the full back to give Redcar the chance to take the lead from the spot.
Booth stepped up and coolly placed the ball to the keepers right, and in off the post. A goal to good after just one minute.
For ten minutes Redcar knocked at the Huntington door, but it just wouldn’t open, with several very good chances going to waste.
Hunters came back into the game from 20 minutes, and it was a much more even contest, with both sides spurning opportunities.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Huntington drew level, after some tired looking defending from Redcar.
The Ladies started the second half superbly well, and should’ve retaken the lead when Olivia Bullock – twice – and Amy Smith missed half chances.
On 51 mins it was Huntington who went 2-1 up in spectacular fashion, with a shot from out wide on the halfway line that caught Jess Crilly out.
The Ladies were now chasing the game, and as all good teams do, replied within minutes when Milly set up Amy Smith to equalise on 56 minutes.
Redcar should’ve gone 3-2 up with quality work from Hannah Springell, her mazy run down the left beat several home players, before she played the ball into Milly, whose cross was met by Amy Smith’s left footed volley, so unluckily crashed off the crossbar.
Hunters were never out of it, and could’ve taken the lead themselves when a defensive mix up at the back for Redcar let in the striker, but she took an age on the ball and was robbed by a combination of Jess and Gabbi Welford.
Player of the Match: Holly Lemanczyk (Available to sponsor)
It’s back to Green Lane for our Ladies, who welcome local rivals Guisborough Town in the County Cup.