CMW Ladies crashed to their first league defeat of the season on Sunday when they came up against Ollerton Ladies. Having lost and drawn to them in the previous season, Calverton were aware that this would be a challenging match.
The game started with the well-drilled Ollerton pressing hard and staying close to Calverton players. CMW appeared to struggle to manage loose balls and make accurate passes in the first ten minutes, but soon settled down as they became used to the style of the opposition.
Ollerton made the breakthrough when their winger cut in from the right flank and thundered a shot into the net from distance, 'keeper Sarah Wright unable to stop what was a strong and accurate strike.
Calverton continued to battle and forge good attacking play at times. The loss of the consistently strong performance of midfielder Shell Morphus with a broken toe was evident, though the midfield continued to battle and win balls.
The first half ended 1-0 to Ollerton.
The second half signalled a new vitality for Calverton, and they were handed a lifeline when a speculative pass from Jenna Smith ran loose on the right wing, and an Ollerton defender attempted to pass the ball back to a keeper. Louisa Payne was alive to the opportunity and beat two defenders and the goal keeper to slide the ball under the 'keeper into the net for her second of the season.
What could have been a great comeback for Calverton, however, was not to be. In the final ten minutes Ollerton got a free kick midway into the Calverton half and the ball was delivered in to the crowd. An Ollerton striker made it first and chipped the ball beyond keeper Sarah Wright to make the score 2-1.
2-1 would have probably been a fair final result, but the last kick of the game added polish for Ollerton when a speculative shot hit the top right corner.
Overall, CMW's performance in the game was not up to usual standards, and it was disappointing to come away with a first league defeat against something of a bogey team. Nevertheless, at times CMW showed good spirit and determination, and with some work in certain areas can go into the next match against Ollerton confidently.