Connie Wilson double see's Ladies push league leaders all the way
By Tom Canning
Binfield put in fine performance at league leaders Abbey Rangers
I'll start this match report by saying I understand a 7-3 defeat looks bad on paper, but this result against the league leaders who'd scored 54 goals in seven games prior to facing Binfield on Sunday was about much more than the scoreline. The match was about putting in a performance and working to a preset plan against the best side in the division, it was about working hard and supporting each other as a team and until the final eight or so minutes the Moles were never out of the game. Binfield setup with a plan to hit Rangers on the counter-attack and it was one that kept the home side at bay for 25 minutes - a period in which Binfield could and should have led but were undone by two quick fire goals for Rangers. A third just before the break came from the penalty spot after a handball, a well taken strike that gave goalkeeper Jo Anderson no chance. At the break though it was difficult to find any sort of criticism and the fightback started when substitute Ariesha Stephenson-Lewis played in Connie Wilson who beat the goalkeeper when one on one. Shortly after it was 3-2 as Wilson headed home Amy Martin's corner and although Abbey scored a fourth Martin soon reduced arrears again following up to head home a rare headed goal from 5 yards. And that's how it looked like staying, Anderson pulling off some terrific stops in the away goal as Abbey applied significant pressure and with eight minutes remaining the Moles resistance was broken with three goals that took the game out of reach. The match was always going to be one against the odds, but for large parts of the game they competed with their opponents and with similar effort in the remaining matches of the season the Moles will only climb the table.