Sunday 6th December 2020 Llamas V Brighton Starlings
A cold December morning greeted both teams on their return to league action after the lockdown and what a match it turned out to be.
A slow start by both sides saw chances at both ends of the pitch go begging. It wasn’t long though before the Llamas began to get in their stride and begin to dominate proceedings. With great attacking work down our right flank by Amelia Gilchrist and Katie Webb equally matched by stalwart defence on our right from Daisy Hopson Northam and Maddie Weston Smith.
Eventually all this work paid off and Amelia was rewarded with her first league goal neatly tucked away past the Brighton keeper.
Several short corners and open play opportunities came Llamas way. One such chance fell to Jess Keogh on the P spot from a great pull back from the base line by Amelie Kries Margaroli only to see the ball go narrowly by the keepers left post. A second goal must surely be on its way.
Brighton were now on the back foot and although they did create the odd half chance any real danger was comfortably tidied up by our solid central defence duo of Chloe Rumsey(C) and Nerea Kries Margaroli. Half time 1-0.
The second half saw more of the same from the home team with bursting runs through from the midfield by Issy Cooper, Harriet Broomfield and Sophie Went all being thwarted by a resolute Brighton defence.
However, Llamas were not to be denied their second goal and what a goal it was! A well struck pass into the D saw Harriet Broomfield step forward with a 1st time strike, perfectly dispatched into the bottom left corner of the goal and rightly celebrated by the socially distancing parents watching on.
More chances fell Llamas way, and Brighton rallied a little towards the end as nerves and fatigue set in for the Llamas. Good close skills from Issy Anderson coupled with some great tackling saw Llamas through to the end of the game and a well deserved clean sheet for Harriet Hopson Northam in goal.
What a great result and a very happy manager in his new Christmas Jumper.
Girl of the game went to Issy Cooper.