Stone Dominoes 3 – Kidsgrove Ladies 1
Stone knew they were up against a tough side at the weekend facing Kidsgrove Ladies who are in the top 4 teams in the league. Stone started strong with Hannah Woolful-Smith and Vikki Garner coming close to scoring. Kidsgrove played a 4-3-3 formation which left central midfielders working hard in the middle. However when in possession Stone managed to get the ball wide and kept the ball on the floor as they were against a strong wind. Stone looked dangerous in the air so set pieces and corners were worrying for Kidsgrove. A Kerry McCourt corner came in and a goal mouth scramble left Hayley Mason able to pull off a shot scoring Stones first. Once again the central defender netting for the dominoes giving her over 10 goals this season. Vikki Garner and Hannah Woolful-Smith chased down much of the Kidsgrove defenders attempts on a long ball which kept Stone up in the Kidsgrove half, not bad considering the wind was against the Stone team. Half time 1-0
Stone made a few changes and began creating chances again, Kidsgrove were still very much in the game and with a free kick on the edge of the box, there was a goal mouth scramble the dominoes unable to clear the ball off the line giving Kidsgrove the equaliser. Stone reacted immediately to this and soon after the kick off Stone had regained possession and were attacking the Kidsgrove defence. After a long range shot from Holly Fowell was parried away by the keeper the chase was on between striker Laura Baskerville and two Kidsgrove defenders. Baskerville managed to get her foot to the ball first calmly slotting it past the Kidsgrove keeper and giving Stone the lead. Baskerville who was playing in the number 10 role played some quality and creative football, slotting the ball through the Kidsgrove defence for the strikers to run on to, as well as taking on defenders herself. Bask is an important player in the Stone set up and certainly makes an impact whenever she is on the pitch.
Stone needed to keep up the hard work and determination in order to keep on top of the game, which all players did. When it came down to it, the whole team worked back and pulled together as a team. On a Stone attacking break Jules Kendrick was on the ball on the edge of the box, Kendrick laid the ball off for winger Kerry McCourt to cross in, however with the wind in her favour McCourt managed to pull off a wonder goal with the outside of her right foot curling it over the keepers head and making the final score 3-1.
Player of the match was midfielder Lauren Ward for her work in the centre of the park. League leaders Shrewsbury dropped points against Brereton which now puts Stone Dominoes at the top of the league on goal difference. Stoke Town visit Stone Dominoes Easter Sunday 2pm kick off at Stone Dominoes FC, Yarnfield. All support is welcome.