Sunday 21st December v Prestatyn Ladies (a)
Sunday 11th January v Pwllheli (a)
The Airfield, Chester Road
Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DR
v NORTHOP HALL 18th NOVEMBER
Wingmakers continue unbeaten streak in friendly win.
Airbus Ladies defeated Premier League team Northop Hall Girls 2-1 in an evenly contested match at the Airfield.
In a repeat of a friendly just a few weeks previous the Airbus Ladies stayed victorious with a hard fought win. After a vital league game the week before it was a nice relaxed atmosphere amongst the home side going into the game.
Arrowsmith was forced in to making a couple of changes as well as making some of his own decisions to freshen the starting eleven. Walden came into the net to start her first match since September with Thornton and Shute both moving from the substitute’s bench onto the pitch to take up the wing positions. Allibone started in midfield replacing the absent Parry.
Northop Hall were also starting with a different line up from the previous encounter, two strong midfielders came in to dominate the centre, as well as the back four introducing new players.
The away side were the dominant force throughout the game but it was the home side that looked more potent on the attack. Northop Hall took control of the game early on governing the midfield battle and playing some clever balls through the centre but the Wingmakers defence were equal to them clearing them comfortably.
It was Northop Hall who took the early lead after their strong play in the first quarter. A corner was swept in and only half cleared. A second cross was delivered and a mix up in communication led to the Northop midfielder pouncing in front of Scammell to toe poke the ball home.
At one nil up the away side continued to press without ever forcing Walden into any saves of real conviction. Airbus began to creep into the game more and although they lacked any real width Goodall and Allibone were beginning to see more of the ball in the middle.
Borley had a couple of good chances to draw the game level mid-way through the first half, one went flying over the bar and the other was cleared off the line. The latter was created after great link up play on the right wing between Williams, Thornton and Allibone before Borley rounded the keeper to shoot into an empty net but credit to the Northop defender who tracked back to clear the ball off the goal line.
As the half progressed Airbus settled with Williams, Goodall and Allibone seeing more of the ball. A couple of corners were wasted with Scammell kicking one straight back out and another failing to even get on the pitch. But they were creating more than the opposition and causing panic amongst the Northop defence when in possession of the ball.
Thornton created a moment of magic as she had the audacity to outwit the defender with a smart turn and then lay a ball back to the on running Goodall. The ball was played just behind her but the idea was there and lifted the home side.
As the half drew to a close Northop Hall brought on a different striker who caused a few problems for the Airbus defence with her strength and speed but never threatened the goal. It remained one nil to the away side as they went in at half time.
The second half saw the home side come out with more determination and although Northop exposed Airbus down the wings with quick link up play they never tested Walden in goal. The best they managed was long ranged shots which failed to hit the target.
Hyndman who replaced Shute on the left wing began to find her feet and made a couple of mazy runs down the flank and cut inside but could not quite find the crucial ball in.
The play was far more open in midfield with both sides having their fair share of possession. With half an hour remaining on the clock Goodall got the vital equaliser. Having looked to have pushed the ball too far wide she cut the ball back across the goal to plant it into the bottom corner to make it one all.
Five minutes later Northop Hall could have taken the lead. A through ball cut open the Airbus defence but Walden calling for the ball came out to retrieve it but the Northop striker was first to it and Walden clattered into the player, leaving the referee with no other choice but to give the penalty. Had it not been a friendly he may well have chosen to show a card as well. The scorer of their goal stepped up to double her tally and Northop Hall’s but fired the ball over the crossbar much to the relief of the Airbus players.
Momentum shifted from this point onwards and the Wingmakers showed more desire and willingness to search for the winning goal. Captain Borley was the player to do just this. With the pressure mounting on the Northop goal they were beginning to look vulnerable but it was Borley who dealt the sucker punch. Williams played a delectable ball over the top which Borley brought down, cleverly outdoing the goalkeeper to leave herself to score simply into the back of the net.
Northop Hall did not let heads drop and continued fighting to the end but could not find the end product to get an equaliser.
For Airbus Ladies it was a contrasting victory to the previous week but one with equal reward as they showed they could match the talent and strength of a side a division above them. They will now be hoping they can continue their rich vein in form going in to their league match against Prestatyn on Sunday.
Airbus: Walden, Twohig, Scammell, Miles, Dolman, Shute, Goodall, Williams, Thornton, Allibone, Borley. Subs: Smith, Hyndman and Matthews.