Fixtures: University of Bath vs Gloucester, University of Bath vs UWE, University of Bath vs Cardiff
Date: Saturday 5 November 2011
Score: 1-1, 14-1, W-O
Venue: Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester University
Bath 1 – 1 Gloucester
UOBWFC’s first competitive game saw them facing the home side Gloucester.
Bath immediately created excellent defensive shape and held the ball up in the opposition half for a number of minutes.
Second year student Howell dictated much of the formation as a member of the Bath squad that represented England in a womens tournament in Portugal earlier this year.
Mills showed excellent work ethic and her pressure on the ball in the opposition half was suburb.
Wilson looked threatening going forward and Lambert and new recruit first year Anderson were defensively solid. Camfield’s distribution and positioning were particularly credible as was that of experienced college Futsal Player and Bath Uni fresher Cox.
Bath conceded the first goal but came back strongly in the second half with much more confidence going forward.
Bath put the pressure on Gloucester through improved movement and communication and continued to hold excellent defensive shape.
Fourth year student and captain Deaman communicated well in goal, stretching wide in the second half with a strong save to block a Gloucester attempt on goal. Wild surged forward in the second half to claim her first goal of the season and bring Bath up to 1-1.
As the girls first competitive match together, Bath earned a well-deserved draw and looked set to capitalise on a strong second half performance going into their next game.
MOM: Lizzie Mills
Bath 14 – 1 UWE
Going into their second game, coach and World Universities Football International Kayleigh Sage encouraged the girls to focus on rotation and movement.
Bath won the ball back quickly from a UWE kick-off and applied instant pressure going forward. This paid off rapidly and the first half was highlighted with a smattering of goals across the entire squad with the first half ending 9-0.
In the second half defensively Bath continued to hold good shape though concentration slipped at times. Bath conceded one goal on a rebound after Deaman came out to parry an attempt wide.
Lamberts touch and passing were excellent in this game and the defensive second year also scored her first goal for the club and Wilson also grew in confidence to smash home four goals.
Other goals came from Howell (four) who showed excellent movement and communication from corners and on the back post, Mills (two) whose work ethic, communication and movement continued to be outstanding, freshers Anderson and Camfield bagged themselves a goal a piece and second year Wild tallied up her second goal of the day for Bath.
MOM: Sarah Howell
Bath W-O Cardiff
(Cardiff did not arrive to compete)
After a successful first set of qualifiers, Bath look ahead to the next round in January and hopefully further ahead to national finals in March in Sheffield.
As a club Bath Womens Futsal have reached the semi and quarter finals in national championships 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Captain Deaman, No.1 for Team GBR in the Futsal World Championships in Serbia, 2010 enthuses, “This year looks set to be our year – we have expanded as a club and I have been extremely impressed with the commitment, effort and enthusiasm shown both in todays games and in training.” coach Sage agrees, ” we have a huge amount of potential within the squad and can use todays result going forward.”
Emily Deaman (GK) (C)
Jess Stenning (injured)
Polly Wardle (injured)