United miss out on dramatic comeback
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MANAGER Lisa Welling had to pull on the gloves as Chesham United Ladies were without a goalkeeper for Sunday’s clash at Tower Hill.
The visitors paid the price, conceding two early goals after having the better of early exchanges, but Chesham changed things around, with Livvi Harris coming into the back line and captain Dawne Campbell moving up front. Almost immediately, Campbell latched onto Anna Imries’ through ball and squared for Sarah Tyas to fire home from a tight angle before the break.
The home side strung together a decent move to grab a third before a poor back pass gifted them their fourth, so with 15 minutes remaining Chesham switched to a back three and surged forward, and a goal mouth scramble was buried by Tyas.
Campbell then really came alive, coolly finishing to make a real finale which was all Chesham.
Naomi Littler spurned a chance to equalise when she hit her shot
(Left, centre) Chesham United Ladies’ Sarah Tyas was on target against Tower Hill; (right) the U18s won 4-3 after being three goals down at the keeper, as did Campbell from a free kick, who was denied again when a curling shot heading towards the top corner was tipped away by the keeper just before the final whistle.
But there was joy for the U18s, who threw away a three-goal lead against Thatcham & Caversham before Katie Squire netted a dramatic late winner in the League Cup quarter finals, despite manager Andrew Jackson having just 11 players available.
Pia Davis put Chesham a goal up on 10 minutes and with Lauren Gomez- Cullen and Sasha Pond battling well in the middle, Amy Batkin doubled their advantage before Davis grabbed her second before the break.
Chesham had looked comfortable, but were pegged back in the second half as the Berkshire side came flying at them, pulling three goals back to level the game but, not to be denied, Squire stepped up with a last gasp winner to secure a 4-3 victory and book a semi final against Maidenhead.
Elsewhere, the U14s remain top of their division, but again dropped points with a 0-0 draw at Penn & Tylers where Chesham was often the better team but struggled to penetrate in the final third.
The U13s and U12s lost 5-1 and 3-0 respectively, while the U10s are back training on Saturday mornings.
The club is looking for primary school girls to join them.
Further details are on www. culfc.co.uk.
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