The Women’s Football 2nd XI travelled to Worcester this week, and were good value for their 2-1 victory, their second win of the season. Eager to improve on a home defeat against Cambridge last week, a good result was needed against beatable opposition, and the girls were able to deliver exactly that.
It was not a great start for Birmingham though, as they went 1-0 down inside the first 10 minutes to a slightly unfortunate goal as the ball rebounded down off of the crossbar leaving the goalkeeper helpless. However, this setback appeared to galvanise the Lionesses as they grew into the game and started to put some intricate passages of play together in the Worcester final third as the hosts sat back in their defensive 4-5-1 shape.
The home side were unable to cope with the attacking intensity from Birmingham, who scored twice in 10 minutes, and went on to control the rest of the half with the scoreline 2-1 at the break. The goals were all about the quick interplay that was worked on in training, and it came to fruition perfectly as Worcester had no answer to the fluid football that created space in the pockets for Birmingham’s attacking midfielders to cause damage.
Worcester switched their formation to a more offensive 4-3-3 at the start of the second period in their attempts to get an equaliser. Naturally, the Lionesses were unable to enjoy as much possession as they’d had in the first half, but were still able to frustrate the opposition. Goalkeeper Sam Abbott was in great form for Birmingham, making three outstanding saves to maintain away side’s lead. The pick of the bunch was a fingertip save from a 90th minute Worcester effort, tipping the ball around the post to give the Lionesses a deserved three points on the road.
Coach Daniel Martin was glowing with pride after the victory, and had this to say:
“The team responded brilliantly to last week’s defeat. The effort and intensity they showed from the start of the game was more than worthy of this victory. A combination of the interplay worked on in training, individual skill and hard work earned us three key points in a tough league.”
The team currently sit on 6 points after four games in the Midlands 1A League, where they are the only 2nd team, a great achievement considering they were promoted only last season. Next week the team will look to build some momentum as they play bottom of the league Oxford on Metchley 3G. Head down at 16:15 to support them, or if you can’t make it, follow the updates on Twitter!