Sunday, July 28, 2013
Cambridge Women 1 Gillingham Women 0 - a game of three thirds
At the end of last season it was rumoured that Cambridge Women wouldn't be coming back to the Unwin this season. There are probably rumours that I have deserted the place though, as I am having to miss the whole of preseason because of a variety of reasons and the start of the season for a holiday. I was there last Sunday to play in a charity match and both myself and the Cambridge Women's team were there today.
It was Cambridge's first preseason game and they probably weren't too confident about facing Gillingham who are higher up in the Southern Premier League. And unusually the game was divided into 3 thirds of 30 minutes.
For the first 15 minutes Cambridge looked the better of the sides and the Gillingham defence looked far from effective. At the other end the visitors did seem quite useful though and had the best of the opening chances with a couple of clever moves that just ended up going wide. At the same time Laura Baker looked like she had the beating of the Gill's defence, but it seemed like Cambridge needed to use the wings a bit more.
The first real chance of the match came on 26 minutes. Cambridge had been dominant for the previous 10, but when the keeper came out to soon Gillingham were unlucky not to score. It was Cambridge though who took the lead just before the first third finished when Laura Baker slotted in at the far post after a cross from the left wing.
Gillingham started the brighter in the second third of the game and seemed to be getting the better of the chances. Cambridge did eventually wake up, but throughout the period it felt like they were hanging on.
The final third of the match was a bit of a midfield battle until the closing minutes. Gillingham had committed a lot of players forward, but this almost became their final undoing, as Baker was close to adding to the tally on 84 and 87, but in the end they had to settle for a 1-0 win.