Sunday 2nd November

Comets v Bromleian (League)

The pitch had seagulls drinking out of puddles, the going was 'soft to very soft' and the Bromleian people were vaguely awake, which is more than could be said about the Comets. A typically dopey opening saw us fail to control the game. We didn't close down quick enough and weren't fighting for loose balls with enough tenacity. Despite that, we had our moments, the best of which was the 40 yard Bentley-esque peach from the lovely Fia Nilsson that dropped onto the bar.

Then, with a rare but spectacular rush of blood to the head, Captain Power chipped our own defence and played the perfect through ball for their grateful striker who happily slotted past the defenceless Nikki. Silence descended as no-one really wanted to point out to the irreplaceable Power that she'd got the wrong end. Despite being on top for much of the half, we managed to go in at half time 1-0 down and with too much negativity.

The introduction of Saint Marnie of Canadia gave us a bit of perkiness at the start of the second half, and it was a delight to have the return of the great Fiona Ratty McRatcliffe on the other flank. But it was the lift from the WHOLE team that started to turn the screw. Gudrun 'Woman of the Match' Jevne took the game by the scruff of the neck and started to really torment the opposition. Her knack for finding space and teammates and opening up the game was making a huge difference, and a Gudrun contribution was vital in the goals that followed.

First a brutal inswinging Gudrun corner was met by Sally 'I'm good with me head' Dixon for another headed goal. Then Gudrun was released and was one on one with the goalie who managed to smother, but the ball bounced free and Laura 'Goal Hanger' Webster strolled up and somehow managed to NOT blaze it over the bar. 2-1 Comets within 10 minutes of the restart and Gudrun had been decisive in both.

But the real moment of magic was still to come. Picking the ball up on the left flank, Gudrun dribbled in beating one, two, then three players as she headed for the near post. Then the simplest of cutbacks for Brett to stroke home. Goal of the game for its elegance. The introduction of Penrose with 25 minutes left added some bite and she enthusiastically nipped at opposition heels with gusto.

We could and should have scored some more, but this 3-1 victory takes us to 13 points and 3rd in the table. We have also won FOUR in a row. Yippee.

Coachy