Sunday 21st December v Prestatyn Ladies (a)
Sunday 11th January v Pwllheli (a)
The Airfield, Chester Road
Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DR
Kinmel Bay end Airbus Ladies undefeated run after coming from behind
Airbus Ladies lost their first league game of the season 2-1 as Kinmel Bay fought resolutely after being one goal down at half time.
Both teams were going into the game full of confidence after victories against Prestatyn had put them both clear of the chasing pack.
The Wingmakers were missing several players including Miles, Lees and Parry who had all competed in the victory against Prestatyn. Twohig, Knox and Prytherch were back in the mix and all started in a strong Airbus XI.
Both teams wanted to make an impact on the game early on which led to scrappy periods of play with neither side being able to get a hold of the ball for any length of time. Neither keeper was tested for the first twenty minutes with play staying in the middle of the pitch.
With Airbus struggling to get a grasp on the game they resorted to playing the long ball up to Borley who was expected to go chasing down stray passes. Kinmel Bay were playing a good line which made it difficult for Borley to latch on to the balls being fed through. There was no width from Airbus with the wingers almost anonymous in the game. The home side struggled with composure and were failing to keep control of the ball.
The away side’s wingers in comparison were having far more of the ball and causing problems for the Airbus defence. Both wingers were driving down the line with the ball and several dangerous crosses were swung in, but the Wingmakers
managed to deal with them.
As the half wore on the game became more open with both sets of midfield committing to attacks leaving a large gap in the middle for counter attacks to take place. It was from a Kinmel Bay attack that led to the first goal. Friend collected the ball, threw it out to Goodall, who passed to Knox. Knox turned and played a devilish ball over the Kinmel defence. Borley timed her run to perfection and had the composure to round the keeper and score.
On reflection of the first half it was a deserved lead with Airbus the creator of more chances. Friend had had little to do in the first half and was certainly the quieter of the two keepers.
Kinmel Bay came out for the second half guns blazing. They were quicker to every ball, went into every tackle with more conviction and looked like they wanted the victory more. The Wingmakers, in stark contrast, were limp and lacklustre, giving the ball away too easily, not fighting for every ball and had no interest in quickening the pace of the game.
Although Kinmel Bay were the better of the two teams they were still struggling to test Friend with any shots on target. Several corners left the home side on the back foot, but they were able to clear the ball away.
The equaliser arrived on the hour mark with Kinmel Bay’s midfielder being given too much time on the ball, she drove inside and hit a bullet of a shot which ricocheted off the bar. The Airbus defence stood still and watched on as the Kinmel Bay striker was alert to the rebound and had an easy tap in.
At 1-1 both sides knew the next goal was going to be crucial. Both sides had their chances with Hyndman, Borley and Goodall all having shots saved by the Kinmel keeper. Kinmel Bay hit plenty of long ranged efforts, one which Friend pulled off a fantastic save to tip over the bar, but they failed to create anything inside the box.
The next goal, which ended up being the winner, went to the away side. The Airbus defence was caught napping as a long ball over the top was not dealt with. Smith lost the initial battle in the air and Scammell failed to put in a challenge before
the striker struck the ball underneath Friend to give the away side the lead.
The game did not finish there, Airbus pushed for the equaliser and Borley came close with a header from Smith’s corner but it hit the side netting. Williams then hit a fine effort with just a couple of minutes to go which bounced off the crossbar. But it was not meant to be for the home side and Kinmel Bay deservedly walked away with the three points.
The match should be a wakeup call for the Airbus Ladies side who looked flat and lifeless throughout long periods of the game and did not play their usual high standard of passing football. They will be looking to bounce back from defeat with another home game next week against Benllech.
Player of the match: Heidi Scammell
Airbus: S Friend, E Shute, H Scammell, S Smith, L Twohig, L Prytherch, J Goodall, A Williams, A Hyndman, D Knox, L Borley. Subs: C Thornton, L McKeogh.