Saturday saw Guildford Ladies 1s travel to Oxford who were at the opposite end of the league. The ladies were wary of Oxford’s league position, though, as their statistics for not conceding many goals were pretty impressive.
The Guildford side was already challenged before the game commenced; injuries and illness reduced the side to just 13 fit players, with none of the regular defenders being available. Undaunted, the game started with Guildford’s now usual attacking approach.
However, Oxford’s strength was clearly in the midfield and they were breaking down the natural play. Guildford started to get the measure of Oxford’s game plan and were creating opportunities, in particular with Anja Atkin making runs around the back of the defence and eventually this was rewarded with Kat Creedy finding the back of the net.
Two minutes later Oxford defence obstructed in the D and the umpires awarded a penalty flick. Alice O’Hagan stepped up and scored to give Guildford a 2-0 lead at half time.
The second half started with Guildford attacking hard and it was not long before a well worked attack resulted in Harriet Martin scoring to give Guildford a third goal. Oxford did not give up and their physical approach to the game started to tell on the Guildford Ladies.
Oxford won a short corner, from which they scored. The momentum shifted at this point and Guildford had to defend hard. Oxford won a further short corner which was saved, but the resulting deflection struck a Guildford player and a penalty flick was awarded. Oxford scored to bring the scores to 3-2.
Guildford dug deep and managed the game well to deny Oxford any further chances. The final score was 3-2. This result took Guildford back to the top of South Division 2 League, with two games to play before the Christmas break.
The Ladies are at home this Saturday with what will be an exciting game against fellow top of the table team East Grinstead.