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Oadby Owls 6 Ibstock Belles 0 - 12th May 2013 (League)e

Last weekend's results had meant that the girls were already Group Winners, but Manager Rich Santy sent out his team to deliver a performance of champions. The girls did not let him down, by delivering their biggest ever win, but more importantly putting on a passing display of the highest quality. Oadby set out their intentions inside the first minute. Anna held the ball up deep in Ibstock territory, she squared the ball to Lois, and her firm shot was well saved by the soon to be busy Ibstock keeper. An early goal was coming and it arrived inside four minutes. Sophie M's dangerous throw in found Lois who exchanged passes with Anna twice as they weaved between defenders inside the Belles box. Anna eventually crossed to Lois for the simplest of finishes.  Ibstock were struggling to get out of their own half as the Owls pressed forward in search for a second. Anna again broke through their defence but her early shot was again saved by the Belles goalkeeper.

As Ibstock mounted an attack Fran snuffed out the threat in midfield and passed the ball to Lois. Lois, in turn quickly set Anna off into the right hand channel, and as we all shouted for her to take her time she smashed it first time as she ran away from the goal right into the bottom left hand corner. Anna and Lois continued to carve out chance after chance, both of them sent efforts over the bar and Lois was denied again by a good save having been played in unselfishly by Anna. The quality of the football was at it's peak for the season. The best was saved for just before the break. Lois controlled a Fran throw-in and played the ball to Sophie L, Sophie L took the ball to the by-line down her left wing and then cut the ball back to Lois. Lois spotted Anna all alone on the box and laid a perfect pass to Anna, allowing her to pass the ball into the bottom corner. Were we watching Bayern Munich or Oadby Owls? Before half-time we were treated to some vintage Lois. Lois Cruyff turned her defender before delivering a low cross which just evaded Anna's toes and was scooped up by the Belles goalkeeper with Sophie L looming at the back post.

A re-shuffle at half time gave the team fresh legs and a new look. The resulting football was still the same, as the Owls looked to pass their way through the Ibstock defence. An Ema corner was half cleared requiring Josie to head the ball back into the box. Her well directed header found Sophie L who got the ball under control quickly enabling her to find Lois on the penalty spot. Lois took a touch and then buried the ball low into the corner of the net. Lois completed her hatrick a couple of minutes later. Amie picked the ball up in midfield following a Lois tackle. Amie threaded the ball back to Lois, setting her off goal-wards, Lois calmly slotted her shot past the Ibstock keeper. Lois then added to her tally again following good work from Anna. Anna closed down the Ibstock midfield and picked out Lois charging down the heart of the Belles defence, her first shot was well saved but Lois picked up the loose ball and tapped in from 1 yard out. Lois' performance was made all the better bearing in mind her primary role was to shut down the stand-out Ibstock central midfielder. Poor Lotte was left as a spectator for almost the entire game as Maddie & Megan and Sophie M & Fran all kept Ibstock well away from the Owls goal. I think Lotte had three touches today.

All in all, a superb way to finish the season, group winners and a brilliant performance by every player.

Player of the Day: Lois Taylor

Goals Scorers: Lois Taylor (4), Anna Whitehead (2)

Oadby Owls 3 Syston Town Bees 2 - 5th May 2013 (League)

On Saturday Leicester City committed a "Smash and Grab" 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest to sneak into the Championship play-offs. The Owls emulated this feat with their own comeback 3-2 win in a tense post-season fixture. The Owls elected to kick-off completing a seven pass move putting Anna in on the Syston goal but her shot was saved. But that early showing was to be a flash in the pan as the Owls were lacklustre and second to every ball. There were intermittent sparks of light with Anna and Lois having long range shots well saved by the Syston 'keeper. At the other end the girls had to contend with bouncing long balls into the box, but Fran and Maddie were comfortable enough. The Owls best chance fell to Anna as Lois headed a Josie throw-in into her path, but Anna pulled her shot wide of the post. In similar fashion Syston broke through the Owls defence for the first time minutes later, and the finish gave Lotte no chance to save. One-nil down and confidence was sapping on the pitch. Long hopeful punts forward were drifting out for throw-ins and goal kicks. Rich brought Sophie off and brought on Amie. With only a minute left in the half that substitution bore fruit. Fran won the ball on the edge of the Owls penalty area and passed the ball to Anna on the left wing. Anna fed the ball to Lois and continued into the left hand channel where Lois placed a great through ball for her to run onto. Instead of heading for goal, Anna elected to drive to the by-line and sent over a left foot cross where three Owls were poised to take the chance. Amie was first to the ball and she lifted the ball over the diving keeper into the net, a finish any striker would have been proud of. What a way to score your first goal, and what a time to score it.

The half time whistle blew shortly afterwards, and Rich re-shuffled his troops once again with Katy coming onto the left wing switching Josie to the right. However, the halftime team talk had barely had time to sink in before Syston were awarded a penalty following a handball. The penalty was dispatched again leaving Lotte helpless to keep it out. The girls again looked beaten and second-best to the midfield challenges. With time running out Sophie, who was brought on in defence was switched with Amie in midfield. Almost immediately Rich's change got the desired result, although mention must go to Sophie who spent half-time practicing long throws. This gave her the confidence to launch a missile into the Syston box, their defenders panicked allowing Lois to poach the loose ball and slam it into the net. Two each, game on, and the girls were visibly perked up and suddenly they decide to collectively get the ball on the deck and pass it, and the result is a series of sything moves through the Bees back line. Most memorably Anna crossed for Lois who had time to control the ball on the edge of the Syston box. Lois thundered a tremendous shot into the Syston goal, whistling past the keeper but unfortunately finding the side of a defenders head, who had stumbled onto the line and got one hell of a surprise. To her credit she seemed not to even notice and the ball cannoned out for a throw-in!

Comically it was around this time that Anna found the time to ask Rich how many players each team had during a Syston throw-in. Bizarre  The re-assurance that this was a seven a side game did the trick as Lois again turned provider. Her through ball to Anna set her off goal-wards  as we have seen so many times this year. This time she displayed the nerve of an assassin as she ruthlessly passed the ball into the bottom corner to complete the Owls comeback win. Syston were finished and they knew it, the Owls comfortably saw out the win and they searched for a fourth and decisive goal in the remaining three minutes of the game. They did not add to the scoreline, but they can be proud of their hard fought win.

Player of the Day: Anna Whitehead and Lotte Lee

Goals Scorers: Amie, Lois & Anna

Oadby Owls 2 Cosby Cubs 1 - 28th April 2013 (League)

The Owls got their season back on track by completing the double over Cosby Cubs. A strong wind blew down the pitch, and this commonly results in a game of two halfs and that was largely true, but the teams playinginto the wind had the better of it. Oadby were about their business quickly as they got off the mark inside five minutes. This was vintage Owls football, Sophie L passed the ball to Anna just inside the Cosby half. Anna laid the ball back to Lois and span off her marker towards goal, Lois obliged with the ideally weighted through-ball. This allowed Anna to nick in before the keeper to steer the ball into the bottom corner. This broke a two hour goal drought. The Owls were hungry for more, Sophie M had a well struck shot saved. Sophie L cleaned up a goal-mouth scramble but curled her shot over the Cosby bar. Another Lois through ball set Anna on her way, but this time her finish lacked the composure shown for her goal as she lashed the ball over. Another Sophie M shot was blocked at the foot of the post and this time Anna latched onto the ball but her shot was deflected wide. A goal was coming and it was Sophie L who provided it. Lois sent over a tempting cross finding Sophie L coming in from her wing, she swept the ball high into the net from close range.

This second goal stirred Cosby into action, thus far Lotte had been untested with Fran, Maddie and Megan comforatble seeing over hit passes drift off the pitch. Lotte was forced into two good saves before the end of the half, but the Owls were comfortble. Into the second half, and the Owls were finding it harder going, as Cosby were closing down quicker in midfield. Amie, Lois and Sophie had o put in a hefty sheift of tacking and running as play ebbed and flowed up and down the pitch. Almost from out of no-where a clearance found their centre forward and she finished well on the break.

The Owls stood firm and defended resolutely for the remainder of the game. Withe the wind they were unable to create a clear chance, but a succession of corners and crosses demonstrated the Owls ability to play the right way. This was a good win against quality opposition.

 

 

Players of the Day: Sophie Mansfield & Megan Grey

Goals Scorers: Anna Whitehead & Sophie Lord

Thurmaston Magpies 1 Oadby Owls 0 - 21st April 2013 (League)

The girls started their post season group campaign with a disappointing loss to Thurmaston. The early signs were good as Anna burst through their defence within seconds from their kick-off. Minutes later Lois and Anna exchanged passes putting Anna in on goal, but her low shot was saved. On the larger pitch there was space to be exploited and Ema created an opportunity to cross. Her cross was cleared back to her where she fired a shot goal-wards that had to be acrobatically tipped over the bar by their keeper. Thurmaston were content to punt long balls, throw-ins and corners into the Oadby half, with very little impact. However, from a resulting goal-kick their centre forward picked up a loose ball and finished low into the bottom right hand corner. This felt just like the first time the teams had met a fortnight ago. Sophie and Maddie continued to deal with the long high balls and were replaced midway through the half by Fran and Megan who were equally able to deal with the threat. However, every time the Owls got into a dangerous area the ball was walloped back into their half by the Thurmaston defence. At times they packed 5 players into their half and were content just to lump the ball forward and operate from corners and throw-ins. Lois managed a couple of efforts on goal before the end of the half, but they were not on target.

The second half was more of the same. Oadby's attempts to go through the middle of the Thurmaston defence proved ineffective and the result was a punt back into their half. The best chances came towards the end of the half. Lois' free-kick from just inside her half caused some defensive jitters but somehow the ball was scrambled away. Shortly afterwards Lois was given some room in the centre of midfield, she surged forward into the space afforded to her but smacked her shot narrowly over the bar. At the other end Lotte did not have a save to make. However she was able to help her defence by coming out to claim the long throws into her box, thereby nullifying their threat. With a minute on the clock, Oadby finally followed Manager Rich Santy's instructions. Josie won the ball in midfield and played Lois down the right flank. Lois got to the by-line and whipped a low delivery across the Magpies penalty area. Anna just failed to get onto the end of it with the keeper out of the equation.

Player of the Day: Lotte

Oadby Owls 0 Thurmaston Magpies 2 - 7th April 2013 (League)

The Owls concluded their regular season with a disappointing home defeat to Thurmaston. Playing without leading scorer Anna Whitehead and playing on the smaller under 9s pitch, the Owls were behind within minutes. Thurmaston's more direct style was better suited to the tight playing area. Oadby did not have enough time or space to pass the ball through the sea of defenders. Their best chances came from Josie, firstly she played Lois in on the edge of the box, but her shot was blocked. Then, towards the end of the half Josie picked up a pass from Lois and threaded a through ball to Sophie L. But the 'keeper came out to smother the shot, it was to be the only shot on target from the Owls.

 

Into the second half and the Owls started brightly, but could not carve out a chance inside the Thurmaston penalty area. Lois' attempted lob came closest to opening their scoring. At the other end they were lucky to get away with a penalty shout when Fran's raised arm deflected a Thurmaston shot. Fired up by the near miss, Fran put in a superb tackle just a couple of minutes later. Ema was plugging away down the right wing and Katy down the left. But still they could not break through. Maddie and Sophie coped well with a series of punted long balls into the box, made easier but the short pitch. With time nearly up a long throw into the box bounced over Lotte's head and as she clawed it off the line it inadvertently hit a Thurmaston hand and nestled into the back of the net.

The girls will need to improve as they are now placed into the middle group for the post-season phase.

 

Player of the Day: Lotte

Oadby Owls 3 Southam United 1 - 24th February 2013 (League)

On a frozen pitch dusted in light snow, the Owls returned home for a mid-table clash with Southam. The Owls were without influencial captian Lois Taylor but were boosted by the debut of Sophie Lord on the left wing. Southam struck early as a player surged through the Oadby defence and finished well past Lotte. The Owls were stirred into action and were able to reply swiftly and decisively. Anna broke past the Southam defence and fired in on goal, her shot was blocked but Sophie L came in from her wing to finish within 10 minutes of her debut, some start.

The Owls were back in command of the game, Southam pressed high up he field, but this left them very exposed at the back. The Owls were able to break on Southam with regular efficiency. One such break saw Anna break free of here marker and then finish into the bottom corner. Fran organised the defence well and the Owls were able to prevent any further United score.

Into the second half and the pattern of the game was set. The Owls were able to add to the scoring once more from an Ema corner. Her mischievous delivery led to a confused scramble in the box with the last and decisive touch coming from a Southam leg. The Owls saw out the win and are well placed for the final run in.

Player of the Day: Sophie Lord

Goals Scorers: Sophie Lord, Anna Whitehead & (Own Goal)

Polesworth Swifts 4 Oadby Owls 2 - 17th February 2013 (League)

With the second game in two days switched to an away venue, the girls made their way to Polesworth for a crucial fixture in the context of how the league table was shaping up. The heavily sloping pitch was playable, but had a considerable mud patch towards the "uphill" goal. This game, as with yesterdays, was played in a good spirit between two evenly matched sides only this time the owls were the wrong side of a 4-2 score-line.

Playing down the slope, from the opening kick-off the Owls were quickly into their stride, Lois and Anna fed Ema down the right wing, she skipped past the right back and fired just wide of the right hand post. The Owls kept the pressure on with Polesworth stuggling to get the ball into Oadby territory. The Owls forced a succession of corners with Anna and Lois both going close from Ema's deliveries. All of a sudden Polesworth broke through Oadby's defence and an arrowing shot looked destined to nestle in the bottom left hand corner, but Lotte launched herself down low and palmed the ball firmly away for a corner.

Sophie came off and Fran replaced her in defence. Fran's first touch was to deliver a goal kick directly to Anna's feet in the Polesworth half. Anna set off past her marker and finished adroitly into the bottom left hand corner. Polesworth responded just before half time, Fran's well timed tackle ricocheted into the path of an advancing midfielder who finished well past Lotte.

One-all at half time, this felt a lot like yesterday, so the next goal would be an own goal? And it was. Unfortunately it was Josie who miss kicked her volleyed clearance past Lotte. Worse was to follow when a long range punt into the Owls area just kept flying and found the very top left hand corner of the goal. From no-where the Owls were behind by two goals despite seemingly being untroubled by their opponents. The girls kept battling and Anna was enjoying a huge a amount of space in the Polesworth half. She bore down on goal several times but was either thwarted by the aforementioned mud or was unable to hit the target. The girls were linking really well together in the conditions and mounted wave after wave of attacks with some great football. The pick of the bunch was when Lois won the ball on the Oadby right she exchanged short passes around the forward with Fran. She then found Josie in midfield who again returned the ball to Lois who this time fed Anna in the D of the Penalty area. Anna beat her defender and squared the ball to Lois who took a touch before blasting her shot from point blank range straight at the 'keeper.

Amie was the next one to come close as a Lois free-kick could only be pushed away by the goalie, Amie anticipated well and stabbed the ball instantly, but it squeezed just wide. But with Oadby pressed high up the pitch Polesworth were able to counter effectively and while Sophie and Fran dealt with most of the attacks the Swifts hit the inside of the post and forced Lotte into some good saves. Eventally the tired legs from yesterday caught up with the Owls and a tame cross was not dealt with generously allowing the Swifts forward a simple tap in. But the Owls were not done, another Lois free-kick was well saved by their goalkeeper, and Anna continued to cause a lot of problems for the Swifts defence. With a few minutes left Lois finally got the ball past the Polesworth 'keeper. Picking up the ball from a Swifts clearance Lois calmly placed the ball over the goalie from just outside the box, a beautifully judged chip. However, the Owls had nothing left in the tank to recover the over-whelming deficit.

Player of the Weekend: Fran Santy

Goals Scorers: Anna Whitehead, Lois Taylor

Ibstock Belles 2 Oadby Owls 4- 16th February 2013 (League)

 

With the Owls behind on their fixture obligations due to the recent weather conditions and their County Cup run, the girls were forced to switch their home fixture with Ibstock to an away trip on a Saturday. With a depleted squad, Ema was forced to fill in between the posts and Rich Santy was forced to reshuffle the remaining players. In sticky conditions, the pattern of the game emerged early. Within seconds Anna was terrorizing the Ibstock defence and forced a corner. From the resulting corner her header was cleared off the line. Within a minute Ibstock had a free kick just inside the Oadby half. Their central midfielder smashed the ball off the underside of Ema’s bar, onto the line where Maddie was able to clear as the ball came back into play. If the Owls had not heeded that warning a couple of minutes pater the same player weaved between four Owls defenders and fired a fierce shot that skimmed off the top of the bar. From the resulting goal kick, Lois helped the ball into the Ibstock defence, Anna pressed the defenders and won the ball. She drove into the box and finished low into the far corner. However, within a minute Ibstock were back on level terms, as a long range shot squeezed through Ema’s legs and into the net.

Anna, Lois and Josie continue to link well with the majority of the chances falling to Anna, forcing their goalkeeper into a series of saves. Lois also had a great chance to score from close range, but her shot was too close the ‘keeper. At the other end the Owls defence were getting to grips with the Belles attacks. Maddie and Sophie dealt well with the forwards while Lois dropped in front of them to pick up the danger in Midfield. Despite a number of shots at both ends the half concluded without further goals, with Oadby just shading the balance of play.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first. Lois won the ball depp in Belles territory and sent over a telling cross into the danger area. With Anna bearing down onto the ball an Ibstock defender poked the ball into her own net. In a repeat of the first half, Ibstock’s reply was almost immediate, and it was the prominent midfielder again who cracked a ferocious drive past Ema’s right hand. Unlike the first half the Owls were able to respond themselves in equally quick time. Megan, was putting in a stand-out shift at left back and another decisive tackle gave her the opportunity to feed Anna down the touchline. Anna picked the ball up from the left wing and cut inside both defenders before finishing with deadly accuracy inside the left hand post.

With their noses in front, Oadby got a better grip on the Belles midfield and closed down the spaces well. Maddie and Josie restricted the Ibstock wings, backed up ably by Fran and Megan. Lois was starting to dictate the game and send Anna in on goal between the Ibstock defenders. However, as Sophie came on for Maddie she took a throw in which enable Anna to barge into the Belles box. She was determined to get her hatrick, and her persistence was rewarded as her low finish gave Oadby breathing space with twelve minutes left on the clock. The Owls were able to tighten up the defence and despite a lot of tired legs they saw out the win.

 

Goals Scorers: Anna Whitehead (3), Own Goal

Birstall United 4 Oadby Owls 3 - 3rd February 2013 (League Cup)

Birstall kicked the match off the brighter of the two teams with some early pressure on the Oadby goal.  They were rewarded by a goal in the 5th minute by an unbeatable shot in the bottom corner.  Oadby restarted the game with some good midfield work by Ema and Maddie, releasing Anna to slam in a hopeful shot goalwards, only to hit the post.  Birstall replied with a clear run at goal followed by a powerful shot on target.  Lotte punched the ball away only for Birstall to be the first on the rebound and slotted the ball past Lotte for their second goal within 8 minutes. 

Birstall appeared to have the game sewn up as they pounded Oadbys defence. Fran, Katie and Amie however showed amazing fighting spirit as they battled in the Oadby half, bravely pressurising the Birstall attackers into errors and giving Oadby a chance to take the ball up the pitch.  The battle moved to the midfield as Owls gained ground. The continued pressure on Birstall  was rewarded in the 15th minute as Anna received the ball from a throw in from Ema and smacked it into the top corner for the Owls’ first goal.  

This gave Oadby renewed confidence and the whole team came out fighting.  The game was end to end, attack and counter attack.  Fran organised the defence and with Maddie and Katy they were determined that no-one was going to get past them.  A marauding Birstall attacker came perilously close to getting a shot at goal but this time it was Maddie who put in a well timed hard tackle, won the ball and found Anna who gained ground, passed to Ema who continued the onslaught and forced a corner.  Birstall defended well and replied with their own impressive run which resulted in a shot that Lotte pushed away and Birstall put out for a goal kick.  Up and down the pitch the two teams went, Owls made a substitution and Josie made her debut with a fine tackle blocking a dangerous Birstall attack.  Lotte launched the ball upfield and this time it was the Owls who earned a corner which Ema took and found Anna, passed to Ema who returned it for Anna to roll over the line for the Owls 2nd goal just before half time.

The second half started in much the same way. Aimie, Fran and Maddie frustrating the Birstall attacks and sending the ball down towards the Birstall goal.  This time Josie pick the ball up just over the half way line and as Birstall came forward for the attack she lobbed the ball over the heads of two players, the goalkeeper and straight into the back of the net. Oadby’s lead however only lasted 2 minutes as Birstall replied to level up the score to 3-3.  End to end football in what was to be a very evenly contested game looked close to be heading for extra time and penalties when in the last minute of the match there ensured a goal mouth scramble. Bodies were being flung into the box and Lotte was forced into several saves before the ball finally found the back of the net which was to be the winning goal for Birstall.

Player of the Day: Lotte

Goals Scorers: Anna (2) & Josie

Cosby Cubs 0 Oadby Owls 3 - 6th January 2013 (League)

 

You never know, in that first game back, whether your team will play like Christmas Turkeys or Crackers. This was the sort of game the Owls had to win against a team with a similar league record. Within two minutes we knew the answer to both posers as Ema poked home the Owls first goal of 2013.

The move started with Lois in her own half winning the ball and quickly releasing Anna down the inside left channel. Anna's shot was saved and she then rattled the post with her follow up. Ema had joined the attack from her right wing and found the ball at her feet 3 yards out and confidently placed the ball into the back of the net.

 

A couple of minutes later Lois found Ema down the inside right channel but Ema's path to goal was blocked by the busy Cosby goalkeeper. Cosby immediately broke up the other end and forced Lotte into a save at her left hand post. But that was to be it for Cosby in the first half as Oadby pressed into Cosby's half. Ema took a succession of corners which in resulted in a number of scrambled half chances. Ema, Lois and Ema all had chances to extend Oadby's lead but they largely failed to hit the target as shots whistled over the bar and wide of the posts.

 

Into the second half and Cosby were pressing Oadby high up the pitch and causing problems for Sophie and Megan. Lotte was again called into action and she was comfortably equal to the task. However pressing up the pitch left them over exposed at the back. Anna intercepted a corner and went the whole length of the pitch before finishing with aplomb into the bottom corner.

 

Oadby piled forward and, as advised by Rich at half time, were finding the target but unfortunately the Cosby ‘keeper make a succession of good saves. An Oadby third was on the cards and it came from the move of the match. Sophie’s cross field throw-in found Lois. Lois played a pass to Anna and moved up-field to receive the return pass. When everyone expected her to shoot she slotted a delightful pass between two defenders where Anna was racing in to finish from close range. Great Goal!

 

Oadby had chances to extend their lead even further, but a double save at point blank denied first Anna then Lois. Cosby came back into the game and had chances to get a consolation goal back, but Lotte was not going to give up her clean sheet. Megan and Fran kept Cosby to mostly long shots, the Cub’s main threat came from long throws into the penalty area. Oadby deserved their win, and must now retain this form into a busy Janaury calendar.

 

Player of the Day: Megan

Goals Scorers: Ema, Anna (2)

Oadby Owls 0 Braunstone Trinity 1 - 16th December 2012 (League)

The Owls finished 2012 with a narrow defeat to Braunstone Trinity who avenged their County Cup Quarter Final defeat to the Owls. Braunstone had the better of the first half, however neither team managed to create a clear scoring chance. While Braunstone failed to hit the target, the Owls were being kept away from the Trinity goal. With both defences on top it was no suprise to see the teams go in 0-0 at the break.

Kicking off in the second half, Braunstone caught the Owls napping and scored almost immediately. Awakened from their slumber the Owls clicked back into life and got to grips with the flow of the game. Fran and Sophie kept the Braunstone attack quiet with uncompromising tackling and diligent marking. At the other end Anna was being kept away from the Trinity goal, by similarly tough defending. Neither team was able to add to the scoreline and the game drifted to it's natural conclusion.

Player of the Day: Lotte and Anna

Goals Scorers: None

Blaby & Whetstone 1 Oadby Owls 2 - 9th December 2012 (League)

The Owls dispelled some of their 2012 gremlins with a battling performance to come from behind at half-time to win a game they dominated from start to finish. This was a game in which every Owls player played their part and played well. However the Owls lack of confidence in front of goal, haunted them for forty minutes before Anna's header from an Ema corner finally put an end to the Owls goal drought.

The game began with a succession of Owls attacks on the B&W goal but the finishing lacked direction and composure. The best chances came from corners, and there were many, from which Anna first headed wide and then minutes later volleyed wide. Ema started to make in-roads down the Oadby right and her typically mazy run culminated in a low shot that struck the foot of the left hand post. B&W cleared the ball, straight their centre forward who planted the ball into Lotte's bottom left hand corner. Blinded by the low winter sunset Lotte's first touch of the ball was to pick the ball out of her net.

Oadby continued to rain shots at the B&W goal, but Anna, Lois, Sophie and Ema all failed to score and on the whole the shots either lacked power or were off target. Oadby had had close on twenty shots at the B&W goal to B&W's three, but nonetheless Oadby were a goal down at half-time.

The second half picked up from where the first left off. Anna and latterly Ema, were put clean through by Lois but they failed to beat the excellent B&W 'keeper. B&W were more compact in defence and were now managing some long shots of their own. As the game started to be getting away from Oadby Ema broke down the right again and cracked the ball from point blank at the B&W goal but their 'keeper tipped the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner Anna's tension breaking header brought Oadby level. For the statistician among you this was Oadby's first goal in over 3 hours of play in all competitions and their first in the League since September!

Oadby confidence surged through the team. Shots continued to besiege the B&W goal, notably Anna beat two players and placed her shot onto the B&W bar. At the back Fran and in particular Megan kept B&W at bay as they now struggled to get anywhere near the Owls goal. As the half drew on Anna latched onto a Fran through ball and chased down the inside right channel from a tight angle her low shot slapped against the near post. Following up, Lois, calmly and first-time, side-footed the ball into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the B&W area. Oadby were ahead at last. Katy and Amie shore up the Owls midfield as the game descended into B&W long bals (mostly from goal kicks) and Oadby attacks.

As the game seemed to move into the "second hour of time added on", with both sets of spectators wondering if they would ever feel their feet again, B&W put together a series of attacks. Lotte, Megan and Sophie stood firm and saw the win out. This was the sort of game Oadby have been losing or drawing this season, this win will lift their position in the table and hopefully the girls confidence in front of goal too.

 

Player of the Day: 

Goals Scorers: Anna, Lois

Loughborough Foxes Blacks 3 Oadby Owls 0 - 18th November 2012 (County Cup Semi Final)

The Owls girls were handed the toughest possible Semi-Final draw against the league champions and reigning cup holders Loughborough Foxes. If the tack were not daunting enough the Owls had been thumped 8-1 by the Foxes in their opening home game of the season. However the early exchanges were evenly balanced as the Owls pressed forward and created the best chances. Following a couple of Owls corners, Anna had a great chance to open the scoring but screwed her shot wide. Within minutes that miss was punished as the Foxes #4 (who'd netted five goals last time the teams met) broke free from her markers and hit a shot into the top corner. The game developed into a midfield stalemate. Sophie and Fran kept the Foxes forward quiet but at the other end the owls struggled to create any clear chances. Their best came when Ema nearly got onto the end of Anna's cross. But again within a minute of that chance the #4 picked up the ball following an Owls throw, raged in on Lotte's goal, and smashed her second of the day into the net.

Back came the Owls once more. Amie forced a corner down the Oadby right. Anna delivery was right onto the forehead of Lois, who headed down at the feet of the keeper, who was relieved to gather the ball. A foot either side and the Owls would have been back in it. As the half drew to a close Lois and an Anna exchanged passes through the Loughborough defence. Lois made herself a yard of space and clipped a shot that was always rising over the Foxes bar.

Megan replaced Amie at halftime and the game settled into it's familiar pattern. Sophie and Fran were in complete control at the back. Sophie channelled play away from the Owls goal leaving Fran to put in some thunderous tackling. The Foxes players found themselves picking each other up on numerous occasions! At the other end Lois nearly found Anna clean through on goal with a slide-rule pass down the inside left channel, but Anna was outrun by the Foxes 'keeper. The Foxes third came from an unusually styled, almost rhythmic gymnastics, throw in that bounced off a couple of legs and tamely crossed the line. The Owls were not done, Lois fired a shot at the top left hand corner that the goalkeeper palmed over the bar. Megan found herself with a succession of half chances but could not find her shooting boots inside the Loughborough box.

Out of the cup, yes. But a performance the girls can be proud of and a far cry from the lacklustre effort last week and the rout at the start of the season.

Player of the Day: Lois Taylor

Goals Scorers: None

Syston Town Bees 3 Oadby Owls 0 - 11th November 2012 (League)

As a supporter of any football team you will, once in a while, watch your team put in a performance that is, to a player, below par. In a nutshell, that summed up the Owls today. The early signs were promising, as Lois found a great deal of space down the Syston left and sent over three tempting crosses in the first five minutes. Against the run of play the Bees struck after five minutes and took the lead with their first attack of the game. The game then descended into a midfield battle with neither team really creating a great deal. As the half appeared to be petering out Anna broke down the left wing and sent  a cross field pass to Lois. Lois hit a firm low shot that was well saved by their keeper, but Lois picked up the loose ball and had another go. Again the Bees keeper was up to the task and saved well. Within a minute the Bees were two up following another quick break.

At half time both teams observed a minute of silence to commemorate Rememberance Day.

The Owls came out firing at the start of the second half. Sophie and Anna combined to force a corner down the left wing. From the resulting play, Lois hit a shot from just outside the box that crashed against the left hand post. The ball ricocheted onto the diving goalkeepers back and crept inched wide of the post. From the resulting corner Ema fired a teasing ball right across the goal mouth but no Oadby foot could quite reach convert the chance. It was not going to be our day. Feeling the impact of only having the bare seven players the Owls stared to tire and the game swung back to Syston. Lois was adjudged to have pushed a Syston forward following a passionate appeal from their supporters, and the Bees had a penalty. Amie saved and cleared up the rebound.

The girls need to pick themselves up and rediscover that battling team spirit that was so evident last season.

Player of the Day: Amie

Goals Scorers: None

Birstall United 1 Oadby Owls 0 - 28th October 2012 (League)

Despite creating a hatful of chances the Owls went down to a narrow away defeat at the hands of last year's runners-up. The first half was a tight affair with both defences on top and chances being few and far between. Birstall shaded the early exchanges, but Oadby grew into the game and started to apply the more effective pressure. Sophie, Fran and latterly Megan were able to keep United away from the Owls goal. Lotte was only called upon once when she brilliantly tipped a defelcted shot around her left hand post. In midfield, Lois, Ema and Katy started to supply Anna with attacking passes, but Birstall held the Owls to long shots that failed to trouble their goal. Against the run of play Birstall were suddently a goal up just before half time, which was cruel on the Owls.

Into the second half, with Ella installed into defence and Maddie and Amie arming the midfield, the Owls were still solidly keeping Birstall's impressive passing game at bay. As the Owls turned the screw chances came thick and fast, and given how well Birstall had defended in the first half the Owls were now rampant. Anna had four chances to score in the space of five minutes as first Lotte then Amie and Lois put her through on goal, but the Birstall 'keeper saved every effort. Then Amie was at the end of a flowing move involving Maddie and Lois and her well struck shot was only inches wide of the left hand post with the goalkeeper completely beaten.

Then came the Owls best chance, when Lois' anticipation enabled her to intercept a short goal kick. She then drifted past the defender and the keeper and was face to face with an open goal. However, somehow Lois managed to pass the ball inches to the left of the left hand post. The Owls kept pressing but were just able to get the equaliser their performance deserved.

 

 

Player of the Day: Lois

Goals Scorers: None

Braunstone Trinity 1 Oadby Owls 1 (1-1 AET) (3-4 on Penalties) - 14th October 2012 (County Cup)

The Owls girls knocked out the current league leaders thanks to Lotte's penatly shoot out heroics in a nail-biting first round cup match. The two teams looked evenly matched from the early exchanges, and so it proved as both teams struggled to break through two resolute defences. However, from Trinity's first corner they volleyed home from close range to open up an early lead.  Sophie and Fran locked the door and limited Braunstone to half chances from range, but at the other end Oadby found it hard to break through the Trinity defence. As the half wore on Anna and Lois managed to get some shots in from long range but none that troubled the Braunstone 'keeper. Just before half time Oadby earned another corner with good pressure down the right channel. From the resulting corner's clearance Katy put in a ball winning tackle and found Lois in the centre circle. Lois threaded a ball to Ema who only had one player to beat as Braunstone cleared their area. Ema's direct run on goal left her one on one with the keeper and she finished calmly into the bottom right-hand corner. The scores were now level into half tme.

Rich reshuffled his pack and brought on Maddie and Ella into defence with Amie joining the midfield. As both teams huffed and puffed but the game became a midfield trench battle with neither team creating clear chances. Braunstone rattled the post three times but each time the angle of the shot was acute at best. The girls put together the games best passing moves but were unable to trouble the Trinity keeper.

And so the game passed into extra time, which swiftly passed us by, and led to an inevitable penatly shoot out.

 

Oadby Owls had the first kick, with both keepers looking into the low sun.

Oadby                                  Trinity                      Score

Anna missed over the bar                                         (0-0)

                                            Goal                           (0-1)

Fran - top left great penalty                                       (1-1)

                                            Missed (left of goal)      (1-1)

Lois - no mistake inside the left post                          (2-1)

                                           Lotte saves onto left post  (2-1)

Sophie saved by keeper heading for the top right          (2-1)                     

                                             Goal                            (2-2)

Ema smashed into the top left                                    (3-2)

                                              Goal                           (3-3)

Fran saved by their keeper                                         (3-3)

                                              Lotte save again!         (3-3)

Anna has it tipped over the bar                                    (3-3)

                                    Lotte tips onto the post again! (3-3)

Lois squeezes it inside the left hand post                     (4-3)

                                               Another Lotte save!!!!    (4-3)

 

OWLS WIN!

 

Player of the Day: Lotte

Goals Scorers: Ema

Oadby Owls 4 Oadby & Wigston United 0 - 30th September 2012 (League)

Oadby Owls claimed the local bragging rights with an accomplished team performance capped off by Anna's second hat-trick of the season. The Owls were out of the blocks quickly as captain Lois Taylor thundered a long range shot from just inside her own half after she collected an errant goal kick. The early goal clearly settled the Owls nerves, and they applied the pressure with a succession of corners delivered by Ema. When Oadby & Wigston did come forward they were ably forced away by first Lois and then Sophie and Maddie. Ema and Megan worked the wings well to feed Anna up front, but despite the continued one-way traffic the Owls were unable to add to their lead before the half time whistle blew.

After soaking up some early Oadby and Wigston pressure the Owls were unlucky not to extend their advantage early in the second half. Anna's instinctive shot pinged off the post and Katy was desperately unlucky not to get on the end of the resulting loose ball. At the back Sophie was shepherding the United attacks off to the sidelines, whilst Megan began to maraud down her wing. Back came Oadby & Wigston forcing Lotte into one of three good saves she had to make on the day.

Eventually the Owls superiority told. A Sophie throw-in found Lois, whose incisive pass was chased down by Anna and finished with a neat turn from inside the box. United's response was immediate forcing Lotte into action with a finger-tip save, made all the better as till that point she had little to trouble her. Anna and then Katy were again unlucky at the other end as the owls regained their grip on the game. Following another dangerous Sophie throw into the box Anna's firm challenge and subsequent unusual seated finish put the game beyond United. We did not have to wait long for a forth goal. Great industry from Amie chasing down her opponents and then feeding Anna, allowing the Owls centre forward to complete her hat-trick.

The Owls were now brimming with confidence and passed the ball well and continued to create chances as Manager Rich Santy rotated his squad to see out the game. Another outstanding team performance from the girls who deserved their emphatic win against a team that had been their nemesis last season.

Players of the Day: Anna & Lois

Goals Scorers: Lois, Anna (3)

Loughborough Foxes Reds 1 Oadby Owls 1 - 23rd September 2012 (League)

Despite only having the bare seven the Owls girls (including Lois who was fighting tonsititis but couldn’t keep away) earned an away point on a chilly day in Wymeswold.

Ema won the toss  and chose to attack the downhill goal.  The first five minutes was end to end stuff, the defensive line up of Fran, Maddie and Ella soaked up early pressure from the Foxes.  The teams both had chances at goal,  but it was  soon evident that Owls were getting the upper hand. 

Five minutes in and a Fran rocket of a free kick found Lois who carried the ball up field and made a neat pass to Ema only to be thwarted by their goalkeeper.  The Foxes returned with a run of their own only to be stopped in their tracks by Ella and Maddie who partnered well at the back.  A classic Ema run from  midfield started yet another onslaught at goal. She passed to a waiting Amie whose shot sadly found the goalkeepers gloves.  Back came the Foxes again repling with a run up field only to find Ella waiting who put the ball into touch for a corner.  Fran intercepted the corner and found the boots of Ema who took the ball back down the pitch only to be intercepted by the Foxes defence. Foxes regrouped and made a blistering run down the left and forced a fine save from Lottie who threw herself to the floor. 

The ball was soon back into the Foxes half and it was Lois who volleyed a shot at the goal but the keeper again stood strong.  Next followed an Owls onslaught at goal, Lois powered a shot close to the corner flag which forced a fine save from the goalkeeper but only the feet of Ema who forced a finger tip save and the ball bounced along the goal-line.  Lois, Ema and Amie had a spell of target practice for the Foexs goalkeeper who continued to pull off some spectacular saves in the goal mouth scramble that ensued,  but the Owls just could not get the ball into the back of the net!  Foxes conceded a corner, up steps Ema who walloped the ball with just  enough bend to make the ball head straight towards the goal. Despite the frantic Foxes defenders best efforts the ball  nestled into the back of the net.  The Owls deserved lead going into half time.

In the second half Lois took the goalkeepers jersey and it was Lottie’s turn to run riot in mid field which she did with much gusto muscling out one, two and even three players at a time. She dominated midfield whilst doing an impromptu wardrobe change whilst the game continued around her.  The Foxes came back fighting and piled pressure onto the Owls defence.  Fran, Ella and Maddie had their work cut out for them and put in some brave tackles including a fantastic  but painful defensive header from Maddie which kept the ball from the back of the net.  In a tense final 10 minutes as the Foxes crossed the ball into the centre and had a shot at goal  only to be cleared by Maddie.  Foxes again replied with a free kick which forced a full-stretch save from Lois but fell to a Loughborough forward.  Lois came out to defend the shot, but the ball whizzed straight passed her.  The Player of the Day Maddie, somehow made it back and produced the save of the match on the goal line.  But it was all to no avail as the Foxes eventually found the back of the net to level the game.  The Owls, with tired legs and exhausted resources were content  to see out the rest of the match for a well deserved draw.

Player of the Day: Maddie

Goals Scorers: Ema

Oadby Owls 1 Loughborough Foxes Blacks 8 - 9th September (League)

The girls first home fixture was against last years league champions who were clearly in no mood to give up their title this year. It was only when the Owls found themselves seven down with five minutes gone in the second half did they awaken from their slumber and started to compete with the Foxes. With Sophie and Fran getting to grips with the surging runs of the Loughborough forward line, Lois, Ella and Katy started to get some passes together in midfield. Lotte was inspired in goal and made save after save as Loughborough shots were forced to be taken from further and further out. After one such save Lotte's clearence found Anna.

Anna sprinted past two defenders (a repeat of a run two minutes earlier) and smacked the ball low into the far corner of the net. Sadly Anna had to leave the field after that shot, and the game petered out.

 

 

Player of the Day: Anna

Goals Scorers: Anna

Leicester City Ladies 1 Oadby Owls 3 - 2nd September 2012 (League)

The girls got their season off to the perfect start with a 3-1 away win to Leicester City, which was the same result as when the two teams faced each other on the opening day of last season. Anna bagged herself a hatrick and the player of the day acolade, but this was a team performance franked with flowing passing and combative tackling.

Oadby were up and out of the blocks quickly, the familiar triangle of Lois, Ema and Anna gave the Leicester defence a torrid time keeping them at bay. They were ably supported by Amie in midfield. Fran and Ella sat in front of debutant Lotte in goal. As Oadby piled on the pressure it looked like only a matter of time before they opened the scoring. However, Leicester City caught the Owls with a sucker punch as a speculative long range effort found the Owl's net. Oadby were not ruffled by this set-back, instead they continued to advance on the Leicester goal. Eventually the Owls pulled level, typically tenacious tackling from Fran won the ball in midfield. Fran picked out her captain Lois down the right wing who beat two defenders on her way to the by-line. With three Owls waiting all alone in the Leicester box, Lois' cross found Anna advancing 6 yards out. Anna thundered her first time volley into the Leicester net.

A second goal was not far behind, but there was time for Lois to tack back superbly to foil a Leicester attack when it seemed their centre forward would be in on the Owls goal. The Oadby second goal was again initiated from a Fran tackle. This time Fran picked out Anna on the Owls right. Anna skipped past a couple of defenders before lashing the ball into the top left hand corner, an unstoppable finish.

Into the second half, and the game started to peter out with both side threatening mostly from a series of corners at each end. Oadby had the better of the attacking moves, but the City defence were able to block the Oadby shots. At the other end the formidable pairing of Sophie and Fran kept City away from Lotte's goal. The Owl's second debutant was Maddie, who played very well down the Oadby right wing linking up well with Lois, Amie and Anna. Suddenly, as the game drew to a close Leicester were in on Lotte in goal, but Lotte was equal to the task blocking the shot well. Fran and Sophie mopped up the pieces, leaving Sophie to romp forward. Sophie's pass found Ema on the left and Ema's cross was just taken off Anna toe when she looked certain to score. Breath-taking football. Oadby only had a couple of minutes to wait for the goal their efforts deserved. Anna picked up the loose ball in midfield and drove through the heart of the beleaguered City defence. She completed her hatrick with a low drive into the bottom right hand corner.

 

Player of the Day: Anna

Goals Scorers: Anna (3)

Team Notices


Leicester City & County Girls Football League

 

Date

Time

Opposition

Home/Away

Result

 02/11/2012  12:00  Leicester City   Away  W 1-3
 09/11/2012  10:30  Loughborough Foxes Black   Home   L 1-8
 23/09/2012  11:30  Loughborough Foxes Red  Away   D 1-1
 30/09/2012  10:30  Oadby & Wigston United  Home  W 4-0
 28/10/2012  10:30  Birstall United  Away  L 0-1
 04/11/2012  10:30  Southam United  Home  P-P
 11/11/2012  10:30  Syston Town  Away  L 3-0
 18/11/2012  10:30  Thurmaston Magpies  Home  P-P
 25/11/2012  10:30  Burwell & Burbage United  Away  P-P
 17/02/2013  10:30  Polesworth Swifts  Away  L 4-2
 09/12/2012  14:00  Blaby & Whetstone  Away  W 1-2
 16/12/2012  11:30  Braunstone Trinity  Home  L 0-1
 06/01/2013  11:30  Cosby Cubs  Away  W 0-3
 16/02/2013  13:30  Ibstock Belles  Away  W 2-4
 20/01/2013  10:30  Thurmaston Magpies  Home   P-P
 24/02/2013  10:30  Southam United  Home   W 3-1
 16/03/2013  10:30  Barwell & Burbage United  Away

 AWARDED

 17/03/2013  10:30  Thurmaston Magpies  Home  L 2-0
         
     Green Group Post Season    
 21/04/13  14:00  THURMASTON MAGPIES  Away  L 0-1
 28/04/13  10:30  COSBY CUBS  Home  W 2-1
 05/05/13  10:30  SYSTON TOWN  Home  W 3-2
 12/05/13  10:30  IBSTOCK BELLES  Home  W 6-0
         
     League Cup    
 03/02/13  10:30  R1: Birstall United  Away  L 4-3
     County Cup    
 14/10/12  10:30  QF: Braunstone trinity  Away

 W 1-1

(3-4 Pens)

 18/11/12  10:30  SF: Loughborough Foxes Black  away  L 3-0