Borders Fjordhus 2
NATIONAL LADIES’ SECOND DIVISION
WITH blustery wind and driving rain coming across the pitch, this was as tight a game as was feared.
The Borderers had Janet Jack’s four Cs ringing in their ears – composure, conviction, confidence and commitment – and started the game sticking to these words rigidly.
Both teams started well, with each having a fair share of possession, but it was the visitors who took the lead on 14 minutes with a straight strike from a penalty corner.
Borders composed themselves and equalised on 19 minutes after a great run from Karen Cornwall, Katie Francis latching on to her captain’s pass at the back post.
It was end-to-end stuff with both teams having chances and some very good umpiring by the Waverly and Cala officials allowed the game to run smoothly. Half time: 1-1.
Watsonians were patient in their build-up and some trademark defending by Pippa Bell, who puts her body on the line every time she wears the Borders shirt, repelled the attacks time after time.
Some great tackling in the midfield showed great commitment and confidence grew in the Borders team. Jack was instrumental, creating some lovely space for her midfield runners.
On 22 minutes, however, Watsonians gained another penalty corner and from the same move regained their lead.
Borders were not to be beaten though, and showed conviction in the last 10 minutes. An aerial pass from Jack found Laura McLean, who beat three defenders, rounded the keeper and slammed the ball home to bring the scores level again.
Borders could have gone ahead as a deliberate foul in the circle denied Jack a penalty stroke, but the Borderers couldn’t capitalise.
The general feeling post match was that the 11 ladies who took the field were a credit to themselves and the Fjordhus shirt and it was just what they needed before the mid-season break.
Borders Fjordhus: G. Bradley, J. Wilson, J. Jack, P. Bell, D. Fairbairn, Y. Rafferty, K. Cornwall, C. Townsend, E. Lunn, L. McLean, K.Francis.