Spalding ladies 1st team travelled to St Ives on Saturday knowing that after 3 weeks without a win the pressure was mounting. With a few faces missing it was always going to be a tough ask for the girls but one that all 13 players were going to step up to. With Spalding lying in 7th spot in the table and St Ives 9th the battle for the three points was on......
Spalding went on the attack from the off with Amy Wells powering her way forward on a solo run towards the St Ives defence. The pressure on the opposition was constant for the first ten minutes and the front line of Macy Carr, Evie Maltby, Ellie Holland and Jess Ball made the st Ives defence work tirelessly. A through ball from midfield into the D saw Macy Carr swivel and find the foot of a defender and 11minutes in short corner number 1 was awarded. A perfect injection found the solid stick stop of Jodie Victoria for Karen Louise Timby to straight strike a thunderous goal that tipped the top of the back board - 1-0 Spalding. On a high from being ahead the girls continued the pressure on the st Ives team who could not break the play down. Fabulous passing from the entire team and multiple attack’s saw three more short corners awarded within quick succession, with one whistling past the post but all three were unconverted.
After a positive talk at half time from manager Carl Pybus and spirits high the girls were set to go again and it wasn’t long before defender Charlotte Morris got herself in the mix with some fantastic runs on the right hand side pushing forward to set off another set of attacks. A swift move across from the right to midfielder Stephanie Wilson saw the ball then move to Macy Carr at the top of the attacking D and her reverse shot was saved by the keeper only to fall to the feet of maltby to tap into the corner. 2-0 Spalding.
St Ives just couldn’t break down the solid defence of Morris, Abraham and the ever dependable Ellie Pybus and bionic woman Claire Hindmarsh and although Christina Dewing had a quiet day at the office when called upon saved what came at her and at one stage saw her first to the top of the circle to clear from the galloping forward coming towards her.
Another break through and some silky play between the girls saw a glorious pass from Maltby into the D to find the stick of Zoe Smith Moore only to slide the ball wide of the far post. With 5 minutes to go and some tired legs St Ives mounted an attack forward pushing everyone up and got themselves a short corner which they slipped in near post. With 2 minutes remaining and st Ives pressing the defence were busy but Pybus found herself green carded and Spalding were down to 10. The girls held on to get themselves a very well deserved win. 2-1 victorious and Macy Carr MOM and Ellie Pybus DOD...y