Oldham Ladies’ 1s – 0
Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s – 5
Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s travelled to Oldham in a fixture which is often tight affair, and where they came away with a 1-0 victory last season thanks to a goal in the last 3 minutes.
The girls started on the front foot and their high intensity was rewarded with multiple turnovers in the opposition’s half.
In the first five minutes, the team squandered chances which, on another day, they would have converted. However, it didn’t take long for Carla Botha to get on the score sheet.
Lovely interplay between Honey Dickinson and Lindsay Rachubka high up the pitch presented an opportunity which Botha was never going to miss. 1-0 to the Oranges.
Wilmslow maintained their intensity and were rewarded with a second goal not long after, when reliable midfielder Annika Hall grabbed her first goal of the season with a lovely reverse into the bottom corner after evading numerous challenges; 2-0.
Oldham were still looking dangerous on the counter, however, clinical tackling in defence ensured their shots were kept to a minimum with Cat Lang thwarting any attempts which fell her way.
Nice work through midfield resulted in a succession of penalty corners for the visitors.
Captain Charlotte Kelman, appearing on the scoresheet for the first time this season, scored with an accurate shot that just evaded the opposition keepers outstretched leg.
3-0 to Wilmslow going into the break.
Coach Ray-Hills gave a motivational half-time talk which focused on ignoring the scoreline and continuing to play at a pace which the opposition were struggling to cope with.
The second half was a similar affair with Wilmslow much the better side and looking dangerous on every foray into the opposing 23.
Excellent play by Botha returned the favour to Lindsay Rachubka, who converted her ninth goal in only 6 games. Wilmslow were awarded a flick for a wild challenge on Lily Harrison in the ‘D’.
Hannah Kelman stepped up to take it and was unlucky not to score thanks to a great save by the Oldham keeper.
Charlie Westbrook-Platts finished a clever short corner routine to complete the scoring on a good day for the visitors which saw the game finish 5-0.
This victory inflicted the first defeat of the season upon their opponents and takes the first team to top of the table in their continued battle for promotion.
The Ladies’ 2s beat Runcorn 1s (1-0) always a hard-fought physical game to go third in the table.
The Ladies’ 3s were back to their best with a 5-0 away win to Triton 2s to stay top.
They were closely followed by the 4s who won 5-1 away to Crewe Vagrants 4s also for league leader spot.
The 5s unfortunately had a mismatch travelling to Colwyn Bay to lose 15-1 to the Welsh side’s 1s who are runaway league leaders, averaging over ten goals per game.
Ben Rhydding Men’s 1s – 7
Wilmslow Men’s 1s – 1
With an injury-depleted squad Wilmslow 1s travelled to Yorkshire to face one of the county’s top five sides.
They gave a spirited account of themselves but the absence of skipper Ben James in defence told on the scoreline. The Tangerines eventually went down 7-1 to put them in the relegation zone.
The Men’s 2s beat Triton 1s, 4-3.
Wilmslow were completely dominant in the middle period of the match to go 4-1 up but relaxed towards the end to let in a brace, however they retain top spot.
The 3s romped to a 5-0 win against Liverpool Sefton 3s.
The Men’s 4s also had an easy day at Alderley, beating the local rivals’ 6s, 6-0.
With a weakened side and a makeshift goalie, the 5s had the greatest test at home against Didsbury Northern 7s. It ended 0-0 but the 5s stay top.