Points Dropped At Cossham Street

September 7, 2005

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Bristol Academy shared the points with visitors Birmingham City Ladies tonight, a result that helps neither club.

The Gas girls seemed to be heading for three points after a brilliantly executed first half goal.

Tara Kidwell raced down the left and put over a superb cross for Kate Ward, playing against her former team-mates, to meet with a rasping volley from 15 yards out. The first half had ended in controversial fashion, when the Blues skipper Lauren Bassett was sent off for a second cautionable offence.

The second half became a tough physical encounter with 10 man Birmingham always looking for the break as the Gas Girls defended their slender lead. But it was the Gas who came closest to settling the encounter when Birmingham keeper Sue Wood carried the ball over the line under a challenge from Kate Ward. only to be harshly penalised by Referee Peter Daly

With just two minutes remaining and the girls looking good for three points, ‘keeper Siobham Chamberlain was playing out time with the ball on the edge of the area. With virtually all the players up field she then had the ball kicked from her hands by Birmingham’s Maria Balland who promptly turned the ball into the unguarded net for the equaliser.

A distraught Chamberlain had to be consoled at the final whistle and Manager Gary Green was left bitterly disappointed feeling that the girls had done enough to bag all three points for the first time this season. [image2]

In a fairly aggressive match, the Bristol girls just weren’t able to take the initiative, resulting in a lot of work for both teams in the middle of the park. The referee for the night seemed to frustrate both sets of players with some of his decision making, issuing a flurry of  yellow cards and a red for the Birmingham captain,  Lauren Bassett, after a second bookable offence. 

This Sunday the girls are away to Leeds in the League Cup.

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