Ammies ladies' undone by late blows in Plymouth
PUBLISHED: 15:36 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 March 2013
Activate 6, Exmouth Amateurs Ladies' 1
Ammies returned to action this week trying to put the cup defeat and poor performance behind them from last week.
Apart from 3 late goals that gave the scoreline a comfortable look a much improved performance from Ammies as they contributed to a competitive game in Plymouth. Both sides were evenly matched early on with both keepers making fine saves Ammies keeper Rose producing a fine save as the direct Activate side played a ball over the top to their pacy striker and the home sides keeper making a fine save from a Wills snapshot as the more measured Ammies passing created the opening. The pace of the home side was causing Ammies problems as the home side tried to get the ball forward as early as possible and only a brilliant double save from Rose kept Ammies level, but this was only short lived as another long ball forward caught Ammies ball watching and the winger strode onto the pass and although Rose made another fine stop the ball rebounded back to her to finish. Ammies who were playing much better this week reacted well Wills fired just wide and Worsley brought another good save out of the keeper and from the resulting in-swinging corner from Rawlings everyone missed it and the ball just went wide. Rawlings then had a shot saved and then as the keeper rushed out to clear at the feet of Wills controlled the ball near the half way line before firing narrowly wide. Ammies fell further behind courtesy of the referee who got in the way of an attempted Rawlings through ball and then managed to tackle the same Ammies player as she tried to go round him the ball broke Activate’s way and a quality ball and finish made it 2-0 at the break.
Ammies who felt hard done by enjoyed their best period of the game in the opening 20 mins of the second half looking solid at the back and driven on by their best player on the day Harkness deservedly got back in the game Simpson who had joined Hawkins up front was causing problems for the home defence with her movement and these 2 and Worsley combined for Simpson to fire home. Ammies were now in control and Simpson hit a shot just over after a great move involving Harkness Rawlings and Worsley. The referee who certainly didn’t help Ammies cause on the day was involved again as Activate scored the killer third goal, Ammies were convinced their was a foul as an Activate player won the ball but when nothing was given take nothing away from the resulting strike that flew in from 25-yards. Ammies tried to respond but a couple of injuries in the centre of the park meant a re-shuffle of players and although Ammies still dominated possession it left them open to the counter attack as they tried to squeeze the play higher up the pitch and it proved so as Activate scored three late goals to give the score line a more comfortable look than the game deserved.