Stamford Bridge show determination

Poppleton...........................4

Stamford Bridge................2

Stamford Bridge, sponsored by Jorvik Construction, were due to play their league match at home on Saturday.

But, due to a waterlogged pitch, the fixture was switched to Poppleton.

Unfortunately, the very windy conditions had a major effect on the result of this eagerly-awaited match.

Having won the toss, Stamford Bridge decided to kick with the wind directly behind them in the first half.

Within two minutes they nearly opened the scoring when a long-range effort was well saved by the Poppleton goalkeeper.

Although it was one-way traffic in the first few minutes, Stamford Bridge still had to be alert.

In the fifth minute, defender Alice Ella was called on to break down a dangerous counter attack by Poppleton.

Stamford Bridge continued to push forward and in the 12th minute were rewarded with the opening goal.

Bringing the ball out of defence, Olivia Cant let fly from 30 yards and the ball flew in over the goalkeeper’s head.

The visitors continued to press forward for the rest of the half with captain Alex Harvey orchestrating proceedings in midfield.

But, unfortunately, they went in at the break with the just the one-goal advantage.

It was now all hands to the pump for Stamford Bridge as they started the second half.

With the wind advantage, the Poppleton team pushed forward, looking to get back in the game.

For the first seven minutes, Stamford Bridge defended very bravely.

Player of the match Georgia Stanton produced several excellent saves in goal.

Cruelly, their defences were finally breached when a shot from the Poppleton striker was wickedly deflected in the eighth minute.

Again the visitors fought back.

Poppy Clancey drove forward down the right flank and produced a wonderful cross which striker Jess Wills, reacting the quickest, turned agonisingly inches wide of the post.

With the weather conditions unrelenting, Poppleton were now pouring forward.

In a five-minute spell of pressure midway through the half they added another two goals.

Showing real grit and determination back came Stamford Bridge once again.

From a free kick just outside the box, Ellie Fitzmaurice saw her shot go just over the bar.

From the resulting goal kick, the home team mounted an attack to make it 4-1.

In the final minute of the match, Emma Nelson nearly reduced the arrears with a rising shot just over the bar.