Thursday 28th September saw the Highfield Girls' football team travel to Oak Lodge for our first league game of the season. With training disrupted due to some inclement weather recently, and the prospect of playing a well-drilled and experienced Oak Lodge side, we knew we would be in for a baptism of fire.
From the kick off, both sides were keen to get stuck in, with some robust tackling and solid defending in evidence. Neve and Holly looked assured at the back, with the pace of Monique and guile of Zara our main attacking outlets. At this point, it was clear that one goal could win the game, and so it proved. After a lively break down the right hand side, a low shot was fired in from a tight angle, leaving Neve no option but to deflect it into her own net, lest the unmarked player in the centre of the box slot in an easy tap in. Head didn’t drop, with Leah coming on to give added energy to the midfield. Chances were limited for the remainder of the game, with both defences on top, though there was almost a twist in the tale right at the end.
After a well-worked short corner, the ball fell to Monique, who unleashed a thunderous shot that seemed destined for the top corner. Unfortunately for us, this shot was very bravely blocked by the face of an opposition defender. Final score was 1-0, though perhaps a draw may have been a fairer result. Player of the match was awarded to Holly, whose ferocity in the tackle was matched by her improving positional sense. Our next game is at home against Raglan in the Bromley District Cup.