Bedworth Ladies 7 – Stone Dominoes 0
The SSE Women’s FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Stone travelled to Bedworth Ladies, a team currently sat in a division above them. The Dominoes started positively and had much of the attacking play. Midfielders Tash Tezgel and Jules Kendrick both putting in balls for strikers Mollie Prime and Lacey Smith to latch on to. The Bedworth keeper on fine form tipping both out for corners.
Bedworth had one game plan, get the ball to their striker. A pacey player with great feet, every time she was on the ball usually ended in a shot on target with Stone defenders unable to get near her without drawing a foul. Central defender Simone Kelsall was cautioned for a late challenge, Kelsall receiving her first yellow of her career.
Against the run of play a corner was awarded to Bedworth, with all players being picked up, one Bedworth player outjumped the Dominoes defender heading home to make it 1-0. With the wind knocked out of them, Stone again found themselves 2-0 shortly after, with their striker getting on the end of a long ball.
Considering the difference in League positions, Stone still managed to play the ball around the pitch with short sharp passes, however with shots on target all being saved by the on form keeper no goals came for stone.
Bedworth again, took advantage of their pace and again a similar goal came from similar play 3-0.
After the break, a positive Stone came out and again started well with possession and creating shooting options in front of goal. Mollie Prime and Laura Baskerville worked tirelessly on the left and right striker positions, Prime with her pace and Baskerville with her quick feet created opportunities for Stone but nothing was to come of it.
First substitution saw Kelsall come off and Amelia Shacklestone to drop into the back four, Nat Price made way for Maria Birkett. The Dominoes again played as a team, battling hard and working for each other. Defensive wise, talking lots and being calm when in possession, the defence also managed to keep the ball moving across the pitch, trying to tire the Bedworth attackers. Soon after captain Jules Kendrick came off for Kerry McCourt. McCourt hasn’t played much in 2016 due to injury but it was great to have her back on the pitch and playing again.
Stone Dominoes Keeper, Kelly Lees, stood off her line and worked as a sweeper, most of the time covering the long ball which Bedworth looked for each time. However with Stone tiring and players not closing down as quick, shots/ crosses came in from outside the area, a couple of these lobbing the Dominoes Keeper. Final score 7-0.
The Dominoes are now out of the FA cup and won’t be able to recreate last year’s successful run.
GIRLS ROUND UP
Stone Dominoes (Under 14) 27 – Bradwell Belles 0
Stone Dominoes (Under 12) 6 – Leek Town 4
The younger teams all played well and enjoyed their football with lots of goals in all games.
The Under8 girls are looking for a manager if anyone is interested please can they contact Vanessa Atherton on 07795 077039. They play alternate Saturdays at a central venue and train on Thursdays.