Home Win For The Gas Girls
November 27, 2005
After a home win for the men yesterday against Barnet, there was much interest at Cossham Street today as the Gas Girls took on visitors Chelsea ladies in front of a good home crowd of 564 fans. Rovers first team players John Anderson, Craig Hinton and Robbie Ryan all came along to satisfy their curiosity and offer their support, this being their first ladies match they had ever attended. They were impressed with what they saw and entered into some good natured chat with the fans.
The Gas girls made much the brighter start and had a shot come back off the underside of the bar during the first few minutes. After soaking up continued pressure, Chelsea had an attack that resulted in them also having a shot rebound off the home side’s goal in similar fashion. The Bristol side then had the ball in the Chelsea goal only for it to be ruled out for a foul on Chelsea ‘keeper Collie.
Much of the play was won in the centre of the park for the home side, who were breaking up the Chelsea play and attacking well with good width and variation using both wings and long balls forward when needed. The defence were very well organised and on the few occassions Chelsea looked like they might threaten with a through ball, Gas and England ‘keeper Siobhan Chamberlain was always alert to the danger.
The first goal came on the 39th minute, a deflected shot fell to striker Steph Curtis who made no mistake to put the Gas Girls into the lead. Chelsea tried very hard to get back into the game but the home side were really up for this one, knowing full well how important the game was to their Women’s Premier League survival this season.
The home side went in with the advantage at half time, and after the break came out to deliver more of the same. There were plenty of half chances, but on a heavy pitch close control was difficult at times.
[image3] On 55 minutes, Chelsea made their first substitution, bringing on Ellen White to replace Nina Downham. The home side continued to push the game and went further ahead on 65 minutes through a Michelle Green goal, a well taken shot from the edge of the area. There looked to be no way back into this match for the London girls now though it did look like a game with chances still in it, particularly for the home side.
As the game drew to a close the home side went close a number of times, with Steph Curtis watching a seemingly simple tap in go agonisingly past the post, and another fierce shot bringing out the save of the game from the Chelsea ‘keeper, who tipped the ball over the bar. The only thing to take the shine off the result for the girls was the broken nose received by Kate Holtham in the last 20 minutes, and we all wish her a speedy recovery.
All in all, a much better performance today from a team that has had more than it’s fair share of injury problems this season. Bristol Academy were a team that wanted the ball and wanted to take the game to the opposition and were good value for money. A home debut for Corrine Yorston too, and plenty of positives for Gary Green to take away from this game.
Final Score Bristol Academy 2 Chelsea 0
Chamberlain Morgan Cox Kidwell Jones Green Done Curtis Ward Kveton Holtham Subs Yorston Elnicky Zijlstra Hopkins Kierans
Collie Loizou Steven Delves Thornton Downham de la Salle Edwards Cooper Found Perry Subs White Lees Cook Cagetti O’Buyer