Opening Day Delight for Ladies
Boston United Ladies set their own benchmark in Sunday’s season opener to record a stunning 0-6 victory at Cleethorpes Town Ladies.
The Pilgrims were forced to make a last-minute change to their team sheet when keeper Olivia Clark suffered from illness during the warm-up and was replaced by Danielle Richardson.
The Ladies started off brightly with having good possession in their opponents half, with both fullbacks Helen Barker and Rachael Howes seeing lots of the ball.
The Pilgrims were creating plenty of chances. On 25 minutes McGrorey just failed to connect to a fantastic Hope Harold cross. Duxbury-Mead then managed to get one-on-one with the Cleethorpes keeper but could not convert the chance.
Just before the break and against the run of play, Cleethorpes Town Player Manager Lottie Soar turned and hit a fantastic shot which hit the underside of the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
Despite dominating the proceedings, the Pilgrims could not find the break through and went into the break level at 0-0.
With the second half underway, the Ladies continued to force the issue and finally went ahead when full back Rachael Howes played Girls RTC graduate Hope Harold into space and the Pilgrims forward made no mistake from ten yards.
The game started to open up with the Pilgrims playing some really good football. The Pilgrims extended their lead when midfileder Toni McHamilton played in Tracey DUXBURY-MEAD with an excellent pass to make the score 0-2.
MCHAMILTON then got in the action herself with a fantastic volley from 25 yards which dipped under the crossbar giving the opposition's keeper no chance to make it 0-3.
Soon after DUXBURY-MEAD finished off a fine move to make it 0-4 after good work down the right flank from Ella McGrorey.
The Pilgrims were now dominating possession and were starting to open up the host's defence. The Midfield trio of McHamilton, Wright and Siddall were at the heart of the Pilgrims attacks.
A few minutes later DUXBURY-MEAD completed her hat trick with a fine solo goal to make it 0-5.
The hosts came in to further problems when Duxbury-Mead’s was sent through on goal and her shot was saved by the Cleethorpes Town Goalkeeper which appeared to be handled outside of the penalty area. The referee concluded that the ball was handled outside of the penalty area and the home keeper was shown a red card.
The subsequent free kick was taken by Captain Steph Powell which saw her effort narrowly missing the target.
Midfielder Paige Wright went on an excellent solo run from just inside her own half beating four Cleethorpes players with the keeper to beat and her effort went agonisingly past the post.
The second half rout was completed in the final few minutes when DUXBURY-MEAD scored her fourth of the day and Boston’s sixth after another excellent through ball by full back Howes.
An excellent start for the Pilgrims who now look forward to hosting Greenbank Ladies this Sunday at Kirton Middlecott Sports & Fitness Centre (2:00 pm kick off)
22 Powell (C)
4 G Bradford
1 Clark (Not Used)
Duxbury-Mead x 4