Telford take all three points against Rea Valley
Telford v Rea Valley
22nd February 2004Telford pulled off a superb victory in the return Rea Valley match this weekend. Without several first team players, Telford fielded a team which included a start for Tash Robinson, and a move to defence for Karen Hackley. Telford got off to the best start possible when, after two speculative shots, Skipper Lisa Jackson fired her side ahead with a stunning 25 yard effort to take the visiting defence by surprise. 1-0. The goal gave Telford the confidence to attack, Jackson and Lindsey Brown commanding their ground in the middle of the park. It was always going to be the kind of physical game where mistakes would be punished, and Telford were made to pay when Valley’s Emma Thomas won a challenge to set up a ball over the top, their striker latching onto the ball to level the score. 1-1.
The equaliser buoyed the visitors, Thomas beginning to flex her muscles in midfield; it didn’t take long, however for Telford to regain territorial advantage, the inspirational skipper Jackson at the heart of every move. A clean, but hard game was marred when the Valley skipper obstructed Jackson and left her collapsed in agony with, what appeared to be a rib injury.
Telford were forced into a reshuffle in the second half due to the Jackson injury, Vicky Harper coming on in defence, with Hackley moving to her more familiar midfield role. Both teams pressed for a winner, but neither was making much headway in breaking down each others mean defences. Manager Brooks then made a substitution, Robinson making way for Nicky Mason. If the substitution was inspired, then the tactical changes made at the same time should be viewed as a master stroke. Steph Walker switched from right to left wing, and Lou Hickman switched from left back to right wing, the impact was immediate.
S.Walker linked with K.Walker to set up striker Stacey Aitken Best whose best effort of the game so far flew just wide of the post. The same players created the move which saw Telford score the eventual winner. S.Walker made a superb run down the left flank, exchanging passes with Aitken Best, to release K.Walker. The Valley keeper could only parry her shot and watch as the ball she had bravely blocked fell to Lou Hickman who volleyed the ball over the line. 2-1.
As the full time whistle blew, Telford knew that this was a job well done, Valley had defeated them comprehensively in their first league meeting earlier this season, and they left the game with three important points in the bag.
Manager’s Player of the Match – Lindsey Brown.
Full Time – Telford 2 – Rea Valley 1.