Reserves Report

2nd December 2019

AEK Boco Ladies 0
CTLFC Dev. 7

AEK Boco:
Cheltenham Ladies Reserves: N. Marshall 17′, 22′, Fenton 35′, 70′, Galpin 82′, Symanowski 87′

By Erica Holford

This weekend’s game was the first game in 2 weeks for the Robinesses’ Reserve team, but that didn’t stop them as they followed on from their prior game and finished in winning ways.

Hannah Galpin (pictured) for Cheltenham had the first attempt at goal in the first 45 seconds of the game This led to an early string of corners for the visitors but nothing came of them.

Cheltenham looked to play their slick passing game, but the pitch was not on their side. A few close attempts from Boco left Cheltenham having to track back to defend but any attempts made by the home side were stopped by Robins’ keeper, Molly Ripley.

On the 17th minute Cameron Cheal’s side made it 1-0. A lovely through ball from Breanna Young to Holly Fenton, followed by a cross, allowed Naomii Marshall to slot it in far post.

Shortly after a fantastic ball through from Anna Barnes allowed for Naomii Marshall to lift the ball over the goalkeeper. A sweet finish doubling her tally to make it 2-0.

A Slick through ball from Galpin created the opportunity for Fenton who rounded the keeper and slotted it home making it 3-0 ten mins before the half time whistle blew.

Half Time: AEK Boco -0-3 CTLFC Reserves

Much of the same for the second half; Cheltenham on top with some good passing football on show. Boco were struggling to get players forwards and as a result were boxed into their own half.

They caught a break and threatened the away side with a free-kick but a great punch of the ball from Ripley sent it over the goal. The corner from Boco posed little threat to the strong Cheltenham side who were able to clear quickly.

On the hour mark Boco started to feel their way in and put the pressure on the visitors, however, the strong defence gave nothing away. A dangerous tackle from the hosts gave Wadey a free-kick in a dangerous position, which she lined up perfectly to slot over the ‘keeper’s head, making it 4-0 in the process.

The balls were flying up the wing, Fenton taking on 3 players at a time at one point. However the queue of defenders was no trouble for her, as she ran the ball in making it 5-0 in the 70th minute.

Cheltenham’s beautiful passing and continued high intensity play allowed the team to add an extra two goals, as Galpin finished with a good left-footed attempt before setting up Anna Symanowski five minutes later for The Robinesses’ final goal of the game.


Manager Cam Cheal was delighted that his team could continue their strong goalscoring run, but also in the way the team went about securing the win:

“I’m Really happy obviously, we’ve scored seven goals! And there are some very good goals in that too. It was a difficult game, Boco were a physical side but didn’t pose too much of a threat towards us, so it was more about us showing our attacking play today and how good we can be going forward and we were good, the scoreline reflects that.

“Two-nil last time we met, seven-nil this time, so I think it does [show development in the players]. The girls have come on quite a bit since that one and it was quite a gritty two-nil win in that one, but a win is a win. This time we had difficult conditions but to pull out a 7-0 win so it shows how far the girls have come on.

“The main thing was to get goals on the board. It was key for the players. We’ve got some tough games coming up and we’ve got Nay [Naomii Marshall], Holly has been superb getting into channels up top, Symo [Anna Symanowski] got her first goal, Galpin picked another one up as well, so it is great that we’re getting the goals and that the goals have been shared around.

“We have to take all of the positives from this, and there’s quite a few to take. We try to play when possible, and that’s our plan and our philosophy, we want to be playing football, keeping possession style of game but scoring goals is always fun as is winning games, so it’s all about momentum, building it up and taking it forward.”

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