The first goal of match was nearly scored by Basingstoke’s Pauline Lipscombe. Seconds into the match Pauline broke for goal before having a shot only a metre away. The result? She managed to give the woodwork a good rattling! From that distance I’m inclined to say that hitting the post requires a great deal more skill than scoring!

The first goal came only a minute later from Laura Murray, newly motivated after a threatening conversation with the team coach as to what would happen if she didn’t score!! Needless to say it worked as another was added shortly after! Wessex were then able to score their first goal of the game after Nicky Stewart, goalkeeper for the first quarter, saved the shot before ‘fumbling’ it across the goal line! The rest of the quarter was a perfect ‘fumble’ free performance and coupled with a goal from Kelli Bird, the score at the end of the first quarter was 3-1 to Basingstoke.

The second quarter was fairly uneventful except for Wessex being awarded a penalty. Kelli, now in goal (rather reluctantly!) due to the keeper rotation system being used, was unable to stop the shot as it was blasted into the top corner of the goal. She was however rather chuffed that she managed to get a fingertip to it! With another 2 goals from Laura and 1 from Julia Middleton, Basingstoke retained their lead to finish the quarter 6-4.

The third quarter, certainly the most eventful of the match, began with goals from Julia and Kelli. The events following this didn’t run quite as smoothly. Due to the keeper rotation system it was now Laura’s turn between the posts. A few minutes into the quarter a Wessex player broke towards goal ready to take a shot. Thanks to a good defence the shot wasn’t too fast and she was able to stop it. Unfortunately, as she grabbed at the ball it was pushed under resulting in a penalty being awarded to Wessex. Faced with the decision about whether to protect her face or the goal, she hastily stuck her arms out and hoped for the best. Somehow the shot was anticipated correctly and the penalty was saved – miracle!

After saving the goal twice, Wessex were still rewarded after an own goal from Laura. Never one to do things the easy way, she extended her arm too far back when throwing the ball out and passed the ball into her own goal thus earning herself the title of donkey of the match!

Thankfully up stepped the Basingstoke defence to ensure that the ‘donkey’ didn’t get her hands on the ball again. With goals from Sarah Curtis, Nicky, Julia and Kelli, the quarter finished with a 5 goal lead (10-5).

The start of the fourth quarter signalled the removal of the ‘donkey’ from the goal and it was now Pauline’s turn. She put in an excellent performance only letting in 1 goal for the whole quarter (a vast improvement on her record of 9 let in – sorry Pauline, had to mention it somewhere!). A further 4 goals from Basingstoke wrapped up a successful match with a win of 14-6.

Woo-Man of the match: Nicky Stewart

Donkey of the Match: Laura Murray

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