The ladies hosted top of the league Peterlee on Sunday. The ladies last met with the side in September last year and were hoping for a vast improvement from the 6-1 loss.
Confidence was high in the changing rooms despite only 11 players being available for the game, due to family commitments and illnesses, the girls were determined to come away with a result.
Starting formation was very much a positive line up with the same formation that saw the ladies beat lepton highlanders. Polly fildes returned to right back and Abigail barker move to the left. The rest of the team was the same as the last game.
Guiseley started off very positive with playing some great football and found joy attacking Down the left hand side with the use of barkers pace. A great play of counter attack saw cropp latch onto a loose ball on the edge of the home sides box who played white in to feed the ball down the left to barker who pinged in the perfect cross to Hulme who smashed the ball toward the goal, but quick reactions from the keeper denied the goal.
Guiseley continued to string together some positive attacking play with white, Parker and fuller working hard In the middle to cut out peterlee’s playmakers but also creating chances for themselves.
Hulme closed down A stray back pass from peterlee’s centre back to their goal keeper and was rewarded with a fumble from the goal keeper for Caz to thump home her 23rd goal of the season.
Peterlee then began to press and there were a few near chances that the defence dealt with really well, including a fine save from a shot on the edge of the box by Boswell.
Peterlee were awarded a free kicked on the edge of the box which saw Cropp clear the ball on the line with her head, only to fall into the path of peterlee’s winger who fired the goal home.
Guiseley responded with again some fantastic play and with fildes and Richardson linking up well and denying peterlee’s talented winger from getting forward.
Barker had a very good chance up putting the ladies 2-1 up when a loose ball fell to her feet for her to set herself up with a volley which hit the crossbar.
Half time 1-1
The ladies came back out into the 2nd half and started the half off brightly. However found themselves on the back foot when peterlee started to get forward more and started to threaten, however the Danskin and Matthews along with Boswell denied any chances.
Peterlee’s constant pressure was rewarded with a shot that wasn’t closed down on the edge of the box saw the back of the net.
This setback didn’t stop the ladies from pressing on and to look for am equaliser themselves. Amy Parker found the feet of Hulme who then played Richardson in to fire home the equaliser!
Guiseley continued on to try find the winner utilising the pace of Richardson and barker on the wings but were unable to convert.
Final score was 2-2 and the girls took alot of positives from the performance and to put it into the rest of the season.
Goals – Julie Richardson and caroline Hulme
Man of the match – Caroline Cropp
Scott Evans who stepped in as manager in Liam’s absence commented on the game I’m proud of every single one of my players today, they delivered the performance of the season. We knew we were in for a tough physical battle and we were equal to that challenge, we executed our game plan from the off we pressed high up the pitch, giving peterlee no time to settle, we moved the ball around quickly and with purpose. We utilised our wide players too with our full backs getting forward when possible. I think overall a draw was probably a fair result from two evenly matched teams, this performance shows what we are capable of and how far we have come. We have grown as a team together and it’s going to be an exciting end to the season, I’m proud of the girls today!