LOUGHBOROUGH FOXES 1 C&K BASILDON 1
FA WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY STADIUM, SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2018
Honours even at the University stadium as Loughborough Foxes Women are held to a 1-1 draw against C & K Basildon Ladies.
The visitors started well and hit the post inside three minutes. Courtney Clarke latched onto a Gemma Abela through pass and shot against the foot of the post. The rebound from Abela was held comfortably by Laura Parsons.
Foxes woke up from the early scare and had a few chances of their own. Charlotte Cooper and Kate Lowder having efforts which narrowly missed the target.
Foxes’ number seven opened the deadlock with an absolute corker! Lowder saw Basildon’s Chelsea Hinz off her line and executed her lofted effort perfectly from a good thirty-plus yards out. (1-0)
Foxes had two good chances to double their lead but Cooper and Lowder were unable to get a decent enough connections to give them the breathing space that their play deserved.
Basildon capped off their best spell in the first half by finding an equaliser. Madelyn Thomas whipped the ball in from a wide position and it sailed over Parsons head into the far corner of the goal. Arguably a cross into the box but the visitors, nor Thomas will care! (1-1)
The teams went in level at the break with all to play for in the second half.
The second half was a bit scrappier than the first with both teams wanting to find a second and not concede one themselves.
Basildon had an effort cleared from the line by Matlock at the start of the second half and Lowder went close again from range. It was end to end for five or so minutes.
The visitors nearly went ahead on the counter attack but Raquel Murray was denied by a fantastic one-on-one stop by Parsons to keep the scores level.
Foxes weren’t their usual clinical self, but must have thought they had snatched the victory with minutes to spare. Eva Rogers picked the ball up on the edge of the box, but had to watch her fabulous strike thwarted by the top of the crossbar and bounce away to safety.
Foxes were left frustrated in the end. Basildon will be delighted to have taken their first point of the season back to Essex this afternoon, as their celebration at the final whistle showed.
This was the first of three games this week for both sides. Foxes travel to Coventry United Ladies, who are unbeaten in three, and Basildon host Gillingham Ladies on Wednesday evening.