Medics Ladies I...0
Alnwick Ladies I...1
A RELATIVELY short away trip for the Alnwick girls saw them in Newcastle this weekend for the quarter-final of the Northumberland Plate competition.
After a significant number of weeks when frost had meant games being frustratingly postponed, the ladies were raring to get playing again and took to the pitch full of enthusiasm.
The enforced time off showed in some rather disjointed play from both teams to begin with, although the Alnwick Ladies enjoyed increasing amounts of pressure as the first half progressed.
Strong running from Allen regularly helped Alnwick drive the ball through midfield with solid support coming from Moralee and Fairbairn on either side.
The defensive trio of Fornear, Richardson and Horn were confidently dealing with any breakaway challenges from the Medics girls to ensure that the Alnwick keeper Graham had very little to deal with in the first 35 minutes of play.
After a half-time pep talk, the Alnwick ladies returned to the pitch with a slightly adjusted game plan and this began to draw dividends almost immediately.
Lincoln found good space as the high centre-forward and began increasing the amount of pressure placed on the Medics goal.
Cook returned to her trademark top form with some fiery shots at the keeper’s head, while Britton made a series of cutting runs in from the right-wing to set up close-call shots from both Broom and Lincoln.
A series of short-corners were awarded in Alnwick Ladies’ favour and on the last of these, Britton sent a perfectly-timed ball across the face of goal to find Horn, who was calmly waiting with a reverse stick deflection to score a well-deserved goal (0-1).
Medics continued to defend fiercely, though, and, despite some excellent attacking play from Brown and further impressive through-balls from Horn and Cook, Alnwick were unable to convert their dominance of possession into any further goals.
The final whistle signalled victory for Alnwick who now move onto a semi-final match in a few weeks’ time.
Alnwick: T Graham, S Horn, N Richardson (c), J Fornear, R Allen, S Fairbairn, E Brown, K Moralee, C Frew, J Broom, A Lincoln, C Britton, A Cook. Player-of-the-match: Suzanne Horn.