7 – 4
With the recent defeat against Birmingham fresh in many minds Kingies wanted to start the match on the right foot. Excellent work in the centre by Lizzie Withers and some impressive ground ball work by the midfield players meant that Cambridge started strong, scoring a goal early on in the first quarter. A second goal quickly followed and Warwick called a time out one minute before the end of the first quarter. Cambridge, undeterred, managed to fit in one more goal before the end, winning the first quarter 3-0. In the second quarter Cambridge’s attack continued its impressive team performance scoring another goal. However, despite some brilliant midfield marking and physical defending around the fan, Warwick were also able to get a goal leaving the score at half time 4-3. Going into the second half leading the match put Cambridge in a very promising position. Warwick came back very strongly however, using their fast players to take advantage of slight complacency within the Cambridge squad. Despite tight defending from Cambridge players Charlotte Caplan and Lottie Paterson, this meant that Warwick brought the scores level. After this, Cambridge regrouped and captains Lizzie Withers and Lucy Holden worked tirelessly in the midfield along with Abi Thellusson to give the attack more opportunities to score. Excellent attacking play from Emma Shaw along with goals from other Cambridge attackers brought Cambridge out ahead once again. Cambridge then maintained ball possession despite heavy pressure from Warwick resulting in the final score being 7-4 to Cambridge; a good win! Special thanks go to Flora Charatan for agreeing to play with us last minute and to Naemi Melvin for her appearance on field.
Written by Gina Marsh.