Evesham United Ladies 3 – 0 Drakes Broughton Rangers
On a cold bright Sunday afternoon on the 3G astro at Pershore the Evesham ‘Local Derby’ took place with Evesham Ladies looking to continue to push towards top spot. Due to the appalling weather for the past three weeks both teams were happy for the opportunity to play on the artificial service and for once it wasn’t raining!!
Evesham got the perfect start, even though Rangers keeper Lisa Cropper thwarted a break by Evesham striker Katie Armento after two minutes, Armento got the better of the Drakes Broughton captain at the next attempt, sliding the ball under her into the far corner for the home team to take the lead after only four minutes. It was Cropper who continued to keep Evesham at bay with some agile and brave goal keeping, one of which lead to a minor injury, fortunately she was able to continue.
The Evesham strikers were not to be stopped however and a shot from Grace Harker on the left wing fell nicely for Hannah Campbell to mop up the loose ball and increase Evesham’s lead mid way through the first half.
Watts and Corbett in the Evesham midfield were putting together some nice moves but Hazel Adams in central midfield for Drakes Broughton was managing to disrupt many of these and frustrate the Evesham Ladies.
What was getting past Adams was being dealt with by further good saves from Cropper in Goal. Drakes Broughton had a couple of chances but these were dealt with by Rosie Johns unusually in goal for Evesham. It wasn’t until just before half time that Evesham finally got a third goal with another break and shot which was again mopped up by Campbell to make it 3-0 at half time.
In the second half Drakes Broughton tightened up with Adams moving to central defence and hard though they tried, Paige Williams came on for her Evesham debut and nearly scored with her first touch but her shot was blocked. Another chance shortly after was well saved and the rebound eventually cleared. Evesham continued to press but were unable to break down the Rangers defence again. The Evesham defence of Kelly Fowkes, Katie and Millie Meadows, Jessica Newman and Beth Guy ensured that Evesham kept a clean sheet once again.
Although this was a local derby and bragging rights were at stake the game was played in a competitive but respectable manner. Players of the Match were given to Grace Harker and Hazel Adams the Evesham winger and Drakes Broughton midfielder respectively.