Yesterday me and Nadiya went to watch Cambridge Women take on Ipswich in the South East Combination League. I hadn't been for a while, well since the weather had got bad! But the weather improved on Sunday, so I thought I'd give it another chance and it wasn't a bad game at all.
It seemed clear from the start that Ipswich were the stronger team, however it was Cambridge who had the first chance and a cleverly weighted shot nearly caught the keeper out but hit the post. Ipswich soon took the lead on 14 minutes and the player who scored turned to provider with the next chance of the match. However, the goal that was scored on 26 after a fine cross was ruled offside. Ipswich had another good chance in the half, just before half time, but this time they hit the post. Cambridge had been trying to put the Ipswich goalie under pressure, as she seemed to flap a bit when the ball came to her and some of her kicking was suspect. Nevertheless, she proved to be a good shot stopper on 42 minutes when she pulled off a save to keep Ipswich in the lead at the break. Ipswich deserved their lead and it looked like they were capable of extending it in the second half.
We only had to wait 3 minutes to see Ipswich extend their lead when some pacey and skilled work on the right wing was met by a header that went past the Cambridge keeper. After this Ipswich consolidated their lead and seemed more concerned about keeping a clean sheet. Cambridge occasionally threatened, but couldn't get past the defence. Their best chance coming on 57 minutes when the keeper pulled off another impressive save.
There was a bit of controversy near the end when an Ipswich striker clashed with the Cambridge keeper in what looked like an accident. The Cambridge bench didn't agree though and some bad tempered words were traded.
Ipswich ran out 2-0 winners and next up for Cambridge are Chesham, who could win the title at Ely and who beat Ipswich 8-0 recently.