City Ladies 1-0 Barnet: Report
- Mon 19 Nov 2012, 9:58AM
- Posted by Chris Nield / Words by Kevin Sims
In a weekend which saw a reduced league programme due to County Cup commitments, City took their opportunity to move up to fourth place in the National Division.
Facing a Barnet side buoyant following the re-signing their all time top scorer Stacy Sowden, a tough test awaited the ladies as the visitors searched for their first league win of the season.
City limited Barnet to just two attempts at goal in the first 45 minutes as they controlled the play putting their opponents under pressure from the start.
The warnings signs were flashing early on for Barnet when Krystle Johnston broke clear of the Bees’ backline only to see her powerful shot stopped, but not held, by the highly rated Cherie Rowlands.
Danni Young attempted to slot home the rebound however Rowlands was up again to deny the second effort
...City 1, Barnet 0...
City’s pressure was constant with Barnet reduced to the occasional counter attack; the best of which saw an effort from Sowden drift past the upright on 20 minutes.
The breakthrough for the home side came on the half hour. Captain Lindsay Savage played in Johnston who was left one-on-one with Rowlands and she made no mistake to give City a well-deserved lead.
Manager Leigh Wood made two changes at the start of the second half; Nicki Harding and Becky Lee replaced Amanda Goodwin and Fliss Middleton who had both been struggling with illness.
While the second half took a while to get going, City remained comfortable, but never hitting the heights of the first half performance. The clearest opportunity came after 77 minutes when Johnston’s right wing cross found Sarah Danby whose powerful shot from close range forced Rowlands into a good save, tipping the ball over for a corner.
"We didn't hit the heights of last week with regards to performance and quality; however we did show that we are moving forward as a team and that when we don't play to our potential we can still grind out results," commented Wood.
"We were always in control of the game and restricted Barnet to only a few chances, while still creating good chances for ourselves. We now look forward to Coventry away next week."
Player of the Match Sponsored by Amanda Kendal - Krystle Johnston
City team: Brown, McLellan, Middleton (Harding 45), McManus, Nightingale, Savage(c), Shepherd, Goodwin (Lee 45), Danby, Johnston (Jordan 81), Young
Subs: Bayley, Jordan, Lee, Harding