November 25, 2019 by Stephen L Wright
OK, let’s get the bad news out of the way first. A loss was not unexpected against the league leaders but, in the end, it was a comprehensive loss. That’s all I’ll say about that.
The good news is that a team, still deprived of three key players, didn’t buckle but dug deep and took the game to Chelsea for a decent period in the first half and for a few heart stopping moments in the second.
Once again, Marta Tejedor had to call on Academy players, Lily Simkin and Freya Gregory, to fill the ranks. This time it was Simkin who got the start and she threw herself into the fray. She played the full 90 and was a joy to watch, with some excellent linking play and a solid ‘dig’ at goal. Gregory came on as a second half sub and was immediately in action down the left, harrying and parrying. Both are ones to watch.
One player recovered from last week was Rach Williams. I managed a word with her as she did a bit of warming up. Cleared by the physio to play, Marta had said on Saturday she would have thirty minutes field time. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Although I doubt it would have made a difference to the overall result, it’s more than possible we could have got on the scoresheet.
Next Sunday’s home game against Tottenham has been rescheduled to 4th December. That one will be an interesting tussle, too.