Sunday 5th October

Comets v Petts Wood (League)

Despite a gritty and determined and hard fought performance, a scrappy goal from a corner was enough to separate us and give Petts Wood the victory. I hated not being on the sidelines trying to help and I hated refereeing (more of that below) but I think you all deserve great credit for organising selves, sorting out your own problems and managing yourselves brilliantly. Thank you to the on-the-field generals and thank you to Shona and Katie from the sidelines.

They are a good side but, particularly in the second half we restricted them in terms of clear cut chances and we had a couple of opportunities on the break. I think a draw would have been a ‘good’ result for us in the circumstances but it wasn’t to be and their one scrappy goal was enough. We all worked tremendously hard and deserve credit for a gritty and determined performance. My woman of the match is Ann, by a nose, for a really battling performance in the midfield. Mid-way through the second half we conceded a scrappy goal against the run of play and then had a testing 15 minutes while they lumped balls, and players, forward and looked for an equaliser. Thankfully a safety margin was re-established as Gemma broke through on goal, beat the onrushing keeper to the ball, and in a moment of sublime composure, rolled the ball across the top of the box for Steph Pelling to sidefoot into an unguarded net. Women of the match are Gemma Jones and Steph Pelling but I thought everyone had an excellent game.