Ollerton Town Ladies fell to their first defeat of their 2019/20 East Midlands Regional Women’s League Campaign at the hands of a heavily-fancied Oughtibridge War Memorial side.
The Town headed into this fixture full of confidence and optimism for the season ahead following their dream start to the season last week against Woodlands. The resounding 9-0 home victory was extinguished this afternoon after a 7-2 defeat humbled Town.
With both sides tipped to challenge for the title this season this was always going to be a tough game and it was Town who started the brighter putting together some solid possession and generating the early chances in the game for Rachael Bell and Sophie Davies.
Ollerton will have been disappointed not to take the lead but it was Oughtibridge who broke the deadlock. A goal kick which wasn’t deal with landed kindly for Becky Hall who slotted the ball in to take the opposition 1-0 up.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later after a fumbled corner was dropped into the path of an Oughtibridge striker who made no mistake from 2 yards.
Ollerton responded on the stroke of half time with a goal from their own corner, this time drilled in by Emma White and Shoniqua Barnes nodded home at the back post to open her account for the season.
Despite being behind at the break, Ollerton had created all the chances in the first half and were frustrated to not be ahead with Oughtibridge hanging on in the final stages.
Ollerton will have hoped to have carried on where they left off but sadly this wasn’t to be the case, a number of errors and mistakes in the first few moment of the second half saw Oughtibridge take a 4-1 lead.
Ollerton pulled a goal back as through Rachael Bell whose finish nestled in the top right corner and the league's leading goalscorer (5) will be frustrated to not have had another when she was placed through 1-on-1 moments later only to see her finish beat the keeper and unfortunately fly over the crossbar.
With Ollerton pushing forward to get back into the game the tie opened up with chances at both ends but it was Oughtibridge who were at their clinical best. Their final 3 chances and 3 shots on target in the last 15 minutes all hit the back of the net to prolong the agony and record a scoreline that flattered the hosts.
This was a great game, hard fought, with superb quality from both sides and on another day the result could have been considerably different. Food for thought when the sides meet again in December, this time at The Fast Frame.
Lauren Howard was named Women of the Match for Ollerton and there was also a league debut for Paige Crossman who joined Ollerton Town this year.
The result knocks Ollerton Town Ladies of top spot down to 5th in the League. Next up for Town, Away v Rise Park at Arnold Town (Eagle Valley) Sunday 29th September 2pm KO.