Match Report: OUWAFC Furies
Nottingham Trent 3rds 3-1 OUWAFC Furies
4th week saw the Blues’ fixture postponed and the Furies travel up North again to face Nottingham Trent’s 3rd team on a 4G pitch - a welcome change from Lincoln’s field the week beforehand. After beating Trent on the final fixture of last season, and with a strong line-up featuring many ‘legends’ as well as a few fresh recruits, the Furies team had plenty of experience and entered the game confident.
Trent proved to be more than up for challenge, and from the kick off displayed their strength and quality on the ball. The Furies were quickly under pressure, with only the woodwork preventing Trent from taking an early lead. The attacking onslaught eventually payed off, and a looping finish saw the Furies go behind after 20 minutes. However, in true Furies style, the side fought back and played some clever football following the restart. When the ball came to CDM Lowri Fernyhough at the edge of the box, no-one was expecting her to find the back of the net with a 25-yard shot (or cross - still under debate). But find the back of the net she did, and the score was levelled.
Trent’s aggression was relentless, and some strong attacking play resulted in the Furies spending most of the second half on the back foot and falling two goals behind. A couple of substitutions saw a late Furies revival, but ultimately they were unable to capitalise and suffered the first defeat of the season. Playing such an aggressive team was a steep learning curve, (just ask centre-back Cerys Baines, who did well to keep a level head in the face of some truculent opposition), but the Furies will carry the lessons learnt through to the rest of the season. Woman of the Match goes to new keeper Robyn Harvey-Smith, who pulled off some blinding saves to keep the Furies in the game right until the final whistle.
By Viola Lough