Chapel Swifts Ladies 1 Bourne Ladies FC 0
BOURNE Ladies were caught by a breakaway goal in the Lincolnshire County League Cup at Chapel St Leonards on Sunday.
It was their penultimate game in the round robin stage of the competition and Bourne gave Swifts, currently second in the league, a tough test.
Bourne showed great commitment from the outset and it was against the run of play when Swifts broke the visitors’ defence to score in the second half.
Apart from that strike, goalkeeper Jack Jagger had enjoyed a quiet afternoon although she made some fine saves when needed, while the defence of Becky Cope, Sammy Hawkins, Jemma Smith and Amy Hammond coped well with the physical threat of the home side.
With some tough tackling and sensible use of the ball when in possession, Bourne created several excellent chances.
Strikers Rose Baker and Sophie Fisher caused problems for the Chapel defence but with the benefit of some generous refereeing decisions and last ditch defending by Swifts, Bourne could not find a way through.
The midfield continued to create problems for swifts and the home side resorted to more desperate measures in the second half.
Benitta Webster was on the receiving end of some dubious tackles, including one when she appeared to be denied a clear goalscoring opportunity leaving the Bourne team bewildered when the official decided to take no action against the defender.
Emma Ketteringham had a fantastic game, playing in a new roll on the left hand side of midfield from where she broke forward repeatedly.
Alice Jervis worked tirelessly in midfield and had probably her best game in Bourne colours while Claire Lawrenson came closest to breaking the deadlock with a chance midway through the second half. She burst into the penalty area but couldn’t keep her shot down from 12 yards out.
Emma Shales came on for the last 20 minutes, after returning from injury and played as though she hadn’t been away but unfortunately for Bourne they couldn’t find the equaliser that their effort deserved.
Tina Crawly of Bourne Ladies said: “All concerned are extremely proud of how the players played and conducted themselves on and off the pitch on Sunday.
“It just goes to show, the best team don’t always win.”
Becky Cope was named player of the match for an outstanding performance at right back.
l THE Mens’ first team’s game against Burton Park Wanderers at the Abbey Lawn was postponed on Saturday due to a frozen pitch.
“It was frustrating,” said Bourne boss Darren Munton. “We had just had two good results and it would have been nice to keep our momentum.”
He added: “If we can get a couple of wins we will be on 30 points and moving into the top five or six.”
The Wakes play Wootton Blue Cross at home in the UCL first division tomorrow but Munton will be missing Richard Nelson, Johnnie Currall and the suspended Craig Rook.
He hopes to have Dan Smith, Keith Gray and Dan Mason available.
Bourne beat Wootton 4-0 in the league earlier this season and will face them again in the second round Hinchingbrooke Cup later this month, with a tasty tie against Deeping Rangers awaiting the winners.
Kick off at the Abbey Lawn tomorrow is at 3pm.
l Bourne’s reserves lost 5-2 at Northampton Sileby Rangers last Saturday.
They face top-of-the-table Blackstones Reserves in Stamford tomorrow. Kick off at Lincoln Road is at 3pm.