Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Firebrands 2, Exe 1
Exe were edged out in a close encounter in Gloucester.
Previously this has always been a well-contested match and this was no different.
The match started at pace and the high tempo was maintained throughout with strong tackles and quick moves that made it a good watch for spectators!
It needed some fine goalkeeping from Suzy Eagles to keep the hosts at bay, but she was powerless to prevent Firebrands scoring after a slick break.
Exe responded well with Rebecca Fagg and Laura Allen an influence down the right and Molly Coleman created a short corner on the verge of half-time that Ali Kerridge made contact with to set up Clare Whitworth to send Exe into the break on level terms.
The second half was played at an even greater tempo! Thomas and Bridie Marlow linked up well with speed and determination. Sarah Payne and Kerridge made good progress down the left and Exe continued to carry a threat.
Midway through the second half Firebrands struck with what proved to be the match-winning goal.
Late in the game Exe captain Kirsty Crocker was unfortunate to pick up a green card.