Both Sporting Khalsa Women’s team were in action last weekend, picking up four points between them.
The first team travelled to bottom side, Loughborough Students Women. Looking to get back to winning ways after a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Wolves, the girls did not disappoint and bagged all three points.
On a freezing cold Leicestershire day, the girls opened the scoring just seven minutes into the game when Lyndsey Glover low drive evaded the opposition ‘keeper. After an initial attack from Khalsa, Glover fired a powerful cross along the six-yard box, but Jodie Lewis was unable to latch onto the ball. Great build up play from Megan Wilton won Khalsa the ball back. Julie Stirrup then turned her defender to play the ball into Jodie Lewis who slid a nice ball to Glover who then slotted the ball home.
Sporting then looked to claim a second goal fifteen minutes later. A poor goal kick from the Loughborough ‘keeper was pounced on by Jodie Braggan who managed to find her name sake, Jodie Lewis, who then fed a looping ball over the top to Braggan. A fantastic last ditch challenge from the opposition centre half denied Khalsa another first half goal.
As the second half came to a close the girls looked to extend their lead before the break. The girls did have the ball in the net, but it was eventually ruled out for offside. Elle Walker was on the end of another loose Loughborough pass to play in the pacey Lyndsay Glover. The right back then played in a great low cross for Jodie Lewis, who was then adjudged to be offside.
As the second half kicked off, Khalsa got another early goal to double their lead. Elle Walker won the ball back again in central midfield to yet again play the ball to Lyndsay Glover. Glover crossed for Jodie Braggan who controlled well, kept the ball and played the ball back to Glover who then fired in another great cross which the Loughborough goalkeeper failed to handle. Lauren Walker pounced on the loose ball to smash the ball into the centre on the net from close range, doubling Khalsa’s lead.
After previously being ruled out for offside, it didn’t look to be Jodie Lewis’ day in front of goal. More great wing play from Lyndsay Glover fed a ball to Lewis who failed to convert after the keeper saved the one on one.
After being called up from the Khalsa Development squad last week Chloe Coldicott had a decent fifteen minutes in the away midfield. Neat footwork meant she was able to lay the ball off to Lauren Walker. Walker then played a one two with Jodie Lewis who again had her powerful effort saved by the Student’s goalkeeper. The game ended 0-2 and Khalsa move up to third in the table.
Meanwhile at St Chads Catholic School the Development squad played an in form Leicester City Ladies. The previous fixture in Leicestershire ended 6-1 to the home team, but fresh from a 12-0 victory away to The New Saints Ladies, Khalsa looked revitalised.
However, it was not plain saling for the Khalsa Development girls. Two first half mistakes meant the trailed 2-0 at the break. However, the team showed determination, character and class as a unit to bring back the one point.
After a number of bookings, including one red card, the opposition looked riled up by great Khalsa play. Second half strikes from Jaime Duggan and Rehanne Mellor meant the girls grabbed a great point.
Khalsa Women’s Youth sides also had a successful weekend. With the Under 18’s not playing, the under 16’s picked up three points with a 3-2 victory against Coventry Girl on Saturday. The under 14’s also managed to come away with a point.
As the girls look to build on a range of impressive results, we look forward to a huge Black Country Derby against Wolverhampton Wanderers Women at the Aspray. This final round of qualifying for the first round proper of the SSE Women’s FA Cup is set to be a great game. Entry is £2 for over 16’s and free for under 16’s. Any support is greatly appreciated, so why not come down and support the girls?