Dereham 2-0 Cambridge South
Dereham ladies 1st team welcomed Cambridge south to Greenfields road where Dereham maintained their winning record at home with a hard fought 2-0 win.
Dereham started the game very strong and created several chances, only to be foiled by the Cambridge keeper. The pressure finally took its toll on the away side when good work from the Dereham forwards won a short corner. The corner was eventually converted by player of the match, Georgie Edwards.
Moments later Dereham had a golden opportunity to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke for a Cambridge foot on the line. Without their regular stroke taker, Pip Howes stepped up and, unfortunately, the Cambridge keeper guessed the correct way to make a good save to keep the score at 1-0.
Dereham maintained their dominance and created several more chances in the first half and even had the ball in the net 2 more times, only to be ruled out for fouls in the build up. Half time came and the score remained 1-0.
The second half started much more evenly and the away side having lots of possession in the first half and creating several chances of their own forcing stand in keeper, Nat Grapes into action. But, the Dereham midfield and defence stood strong and then found the dominance they had in the first half.
Both sides won numerous short corners but neither side could convert any of them. Dereham doubled their lead 20 minutes into the second half when a pin point pass out of defence found its way to Fran Grapes who turned her defender inside out and drove into the Cambridge D, rolling the ball across the box where Hayley Toleman peeled to the back post for a well deserved tap in!
The remainder of the game was played in the Cambridge half with Dereham dominating the ball and creating chance after chance even when they were reduced to 10 players after Grace Cresswell was adjudged for having to retreated 5 meters. A mixture of good saves and missing the target meant the game would finish 2-0 to the home side and get a throughly deserved 3 points.