Bank of England (2s) 0-3 Berrylands

Goals – Sofie D hat-trick!!

The sun was shining down at the Bank of England, the supporters were out in full force (albeit playing on the climbing frames and swings) to watch a superb victory by Berrylands over bottom of the league Bank.

The game got off to an evenly-matched start as both teams were looking to improve their points tally in the league. Bank were proudly fielding a full team plus two subs, Berrylands had twelve.

After 10 minutes, Berrylands broke through the Bank defence with accurate one-touch passing between Nikki, Grace and Sofie – Sofie took the ball into the left hand side of the D and took a superb reverse sweep shot into the far corner of the net. Five minutes’ later came the second goal following a solo effort from Sofia running from the half-way line with the ball, past the defenders and hit the target with a reverse sweep right from the edge of the D. Bank’s experienced goalie had no chance.

3 rd goal came in the second half – Sofie being marked more closely by Bank’s number 11 but managed to break away once again and score with reverse shot past the goalie. Grace took on number 11 and prevented her from dominated the middle of the pitch.

Vix – bashed toe – jump next time!

Nikki – strong in the middle of the pitch, holding on to the ball and passing out to Grace and Sofia

Strong defence – Lins, Lucia, Sharon, Lucia and Canela – did T touch the ball at all?

Short corners – Berrylands had a string of them in the second half but were unable to convert. Credit to Bank’s defender who was more daring than Sharon at running out at short corners. Interesting to see that Bank were also using defenders’ masks at short corners.

So all in all, a rewarding afternoon’s work, followed by the usual sausage roll, chips and beans in the clubhouse (or, for Lucia R, the vegetarian option – chips and beans) plus a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for Lucia S plus a delicious cake made by Canela of course). There was even a soft play area for the toddlers. What more could you ask for? Even Eddie the (Bank) umpire had a good game ….. and that’s saying something.

Squad: Teresa (goal), Lucia R, Ali, Lucia S, Canela, Sharon, Lins, Vix, Helena, Grace, Nikki, Sofia