The lady Linnets welcomed AFCB Development team to the JMC Stadium today in the Southern Region Subsidiary Cup. The competition is made up of small groups, top 2 teams progressing into the Cup knockout and the third placed team into the Plate.
A slow start from the home team with AFCB enjoying the early possession without creating any clear cut chances. On 12 minutes, a coming together between Cole (Bournemouth) and Kolowski (New Milton) saw both players in a lot of pain with knee injuries. An ambulance was called but after speaking to the Emergency services , Cole, who appeared to have come off worst, was able to hobble off the pitch. It was Kolowski's first game back after ACL reconstruction 14 months ago and we are hoping she has not injured her other knee in the same manner. Our best wishes go out to both players.
The home team sent on Tuck for Kolowski.
As we got back underway, possession was shared and the game was evening out. An uncharacteristic mistake from Barnes in goal with her throw, saw Coalter pick up the loose ball and finish well. 0-1
5 minutes before HT, some determined play from debutant Bessant saw a strike from outside the box go over Joyce in the Bournemouth goal. 1-1 at the break.
Second half ebbed and flowed, during a hailstorm, with both teams pushing for that decisive goal. It was the home team who found it. On 70' a pinpoint cross into the box from Tuck found Slater in so much space that she had time to turn and poke the ball through the keepers legs. 2-1
Bournemouth, looking for the equaliser, were relentless in their attacks, Eden causing problems down the left. Some resolute defending from Campbell, L.Barnes, Youles, Greenough and Dancer saw most efforts snuffed out but those that did make it through were expertly dealt with by Barnes in goal, who more than made up for her earlier mistake by being quick off her line and holding most shots.
An excellent game to watch with both teams going for the win.
Next game is at home to Moneyfields on April 25th.
New Milton Town: T. Barnes, Campbell (Greenough 46') Youles, Dancer, Bonning, Wardle, Baskett, Slater, Fenton, Kolowski (Tuck 12') Bessant (L. Barnes 46')
AFCB: Joyce, Nieman, Cole, Humphries, Hall, Short, Morgan, Coalter, Jesionowska, Harvey, Eden, Small, Batsford, Trim, Stagg, Asira