After disappointment last week and a string of frustrating results, the ladies 1s were determined to face table climbers Aldershot with positivity. Trialling a new formation, it took time for the island to warm up. Stoic defence from Kirsty Fraser, Helen Hunnybun and Nicky Richardson and some crucial saves from Mackenzie Wright kept the opposition at bay and dealt with a flurry of short corners in the opening exchanges. Once the island found their flow however, Aldershot had little in response. The island piled on the pressure with driving runs and movement that opened the Aldershot defence and allowed Harriet Mack to earn the Island their first short corner. Improvisation from Claire Caddick saw her take a wayward injection and flick it towards goal, the keepers initial save slowed the goal bound shot but Emily Lord was on hand to make sure it crossed the line. 1-0 was soon 2-0 the islands second short was beautifully executed with a left slip to Saffron Hart who rocketed the ball past the defence. The islands tails were up and the forward line pinned Aldershot into their half. A hard earned interception fell to Harriet Mack who drove into the D – her push towards goal beat the keeper but rebounded off the post to Jaimie Payne who slotted the ball into the empty net making the half time score 3-0.
The second half saw the island snooze and despite defending hard, they were punished when a lovely top of the D strike took a deflection and wrong footed Mackenzie Wright. This fired the island side back into action as within minutes had turned the ball over to release Carolyn McClellan who ran the ball along the baseline and found Katy Ednay who swept the ball home. After this the island never looked back. Tireless work and turn overs kept Aldershot from creating clear chances whilst the island hit the post again before eventually Katy Ednay scored the goal of her career – pouncing on the keepers clearance and smashing the ball past the defence. 5-1. As the final whistle blew the island were awarded a short corner. With options galore a second attempt was slipped to Kirsty Fraser whose unstoppable shot made it 6-1 and rewarded a quality personal performance.
What a difference a week makes. Today we brought the dreamwork.