Laverstock and Ford Ladies football team has been eliminated from this year’s Womens Cup after falling in the semi-final to Wootton Bassett Town 2-1 on Sunday.
Home ground advantage was not enough to topple the Eastern Division league giants, who won their quarter-final 15-0, but Laverstock put in a great effort and had their chances.
Manager Karen Musselwhite said after the game she would have rather faced them in the grand final, but with the infrastrucuture of Wootton Basset Town taken into account, they did ”really well”.
”It’s a shame, but I’m really proud of them as we lost to them 5-0 last time,” she said.
”We’ve had massive improvements since our promotion.”
The first half was even, with plenty of challenges from both sides, but Bassett had the most chances as their midfield constantly threatend with balls behind Laverstock’s defence.
The home side’s defence was solid however, and allowed few real opportunitites, and had a couple of chances themselves, as well as putting pressure everywhere on the field. But, just before half time, an unfortunate own goal meant the visitors went one up.
Another long ball was on course to Bassett’s striker, and Laverstock’s Leanne Griffiths-Lower was forced to slide tackle from behind, but got a touch on the ball which rolled into the corner of the net.
Bassett nearly doubled their lead a few minutes into the second half before Laverstock’s Kelly Burton jumped highest on a free kick and headed the ball into the far corner to tie up the game.
Despite playing well out in the field and not giving Bassett a lot of time with the ball, Lavvy had to clear the ball on the goal line twice and were also saved by the woodwork.
As the game progressed, the home side was arguably the better team but, once again, close to extra time, a ball from Bassett’s midfield reached a swift Hayley Huckin who made no mistake.
Despite losing 2-1, Laverstock Ladies put up a great fight against a strong Bassett side and should be pleased with their performance.
“I think we’ve done well,” Karen said.
”As long as everyone knows we are a top team around this area, working hard on improving ourselves in the first season of a big-jump promotion: what more can I ask?”