Chesham ladies scrape win despite untidy performance
CHESHAM United Ladies put in an untidy performance on Sunday but miraculously came away with all three points against a decent Team Solent side.
Chesham welcomed the return of their Women’s Super League players Kate Bowers and Gemma Fraser, while Lucia Masella returned in goal, but they started poorly with some sloppy passing and poor movement.
Although one early move saw the ball cannon off Solent’s bar, it was the visitors who were playing much the better football and deservedly took the lead.
Again Chesham were sliced open through the midfield and as the defenders missed their tackles, a lively shot was spilled by Masella and Solent grabbed their second.
Chesham looked down and out and while there were sporadic glimmers of hope, an injury to captain Dawne Campbell made their task all the harder and ensured the young defence had to step up and focus.
However, with just minutes of the first half remaining, Kat Bowers chased down a loose ball, turned and fired into the far corner to give Chesham a lifeline.
After switching to a back three at the break, Chesham found a good outlet on the left in the shape of Fraser, and when she was put through she finished neatly to level the scores.
Chesham still looked out of sorts though, failing to clear and making poor decisions, and when Solent hung a corner under the bar they were somehow back in the lead.
Changing things again, Chesham had Anna Imrie providing some power down the right and started to function again, and when they were awarded a penalty for handball, Laura Barton kept her cool to equalise.
They would have been happy to take the draw but had started pinning Solent back, and when Sarah Tyas put Fraser through, she slotted agonisingly wide.
But with just minutes left on the clock, top scorer Katie Squire smashed the loose ball home to snatch a memorable victory and keep Chesham top of the League over Christmas.
Chesham United Ladies’ Kat Bowers and Gemma