AEI Gravesend Ladies played tough opponents Redhill Ladies yesterday in a crucial league fixture, with both teams equal on league points, the win was vital to continue AEI’s progression up the league table. AEI Gravesend played away to Redhill earlier in the season and narrowly won 2-0 in an evenly contested game, so expected the home game to be a difficult match to win.
The game started as expected with both team fiercely but fairly contesting for every ball and to gain an early command on the run of the game, resulting in an open end to end match with both teams creating opportunities. Neither team shone out in the first half, due to the hard work of both teams to prevent each other playing, the play was scrappy and direct at times, and flowed from end to end with no clear cut chances. It was some late AEI Gravesend pressure that created the opening goal in the first half, after receiving a corner kick. Lorraine Grinyer directed the corner into the front post area, where the persistence of Rebecca Pattenden paid off as she challenged the keeper for the ball creating an opportunity to knock the ball into the net at her second attempt, giving the right back her first goal of this season.
An under par AEI Gravesend team were pleased to go in at half time with the lead and took the opportunity to regroup and speak about getting more on top of the game, by getting back to the passing game that they usually play, the manager Valter Antunes altered the team formation in order to create more attacking play and scoring opportunities.
AEI Gravesend started off much more brightly in the second half, and started to apply more and more pressure to the Redhill goal, realising that 1-0 wouldn’t be enough at this stage with Redhill applying equal pressure to get back into the game, the team pushed forward. Finally the pressure and hard work started to pay off with AEI playing much better football and they started to influence the game, dominating in midfield and defending convincingly. It was striker Claire Williams who scored next, latching onto a through ball from midfield, she rounded the oncoming keeper and slotted home with ease.
The teams confidence grew and with the cushion of a 2-0 lead AEI ladies seemed to relax which led to much improved play, and it was while they were keeping possession to see the end of the game out, the next goal came. The hard work and fast pace of player of the match Claire Williams, saw her go on a run down the left wing, culminating in a cross which the keeper managed to make an initial save only for striker Jade McDermott to round of a good performance by pouncing onto the loose ball to volley into the net.
AEI GRAVESEND 3-0 Redhill Ladies
The game ended a very convincing 3-0 win for AEI ladies, which sees them climb a place up the league into 7th position. With no fixture next week the ladies team will be working hard in training to continue improvements before their next league game away to bottom of the league team Haywards Heath 6th February 2005.
For further details on the team please use any of the following contact methods. Club website: www.intheteam.com/gravesendladiesfc
- Club contact: 07732 148011 - Club Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Club sponsors this season are S.E.A Limited, Secure Electronics Applications Ltd are a local company specialising in access control and warden call systems.
AEI Gravesend Ladies Football Club
working in partnership with Gravesend and Northfleet F.C.