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Match report: OUWAFC Furies

06/02/19: Furies 1-3 Nottingham Trent 3rds

The lush fields of Marston Road Sports ground were the location of a feisty Furies fixture against Nottingham Trent 3rds on Wednesday. With Trent sitting comfortably in second place in the league, and after a 3-1 loss in the away fixture, the Furies knew this was going to be a tough test. The Furies deployed a new 3-5-2 formation, with former winger-turned-wing-back Martha Comerford joining resident centre backs Jess Caterson and Cerys Baines to form a defensive backbone. 

After quashing Trent’s attempts to remove Kathy Novikov by claiming she was illegible to play, the Furies kicked off. Despite the formidable pace and power of their opposition, the Furies more than held their own in the opening passages of play. Following on from the previous week’s success, the right wing was again a source of a number of promising attacks, with Juliette Westbrooke proving excellent service to Viola Lough, this week playing as wing-back. The Furies could have taken the lead on multiple occasions, and it was only some last ditch sliding tackles and blocks from the Trent defenders and keeper that prevented striker Rebecca North from scoring. 

The Furies were eventually left to rue their missed opportunities, with Trent converting their first real dangerous attack into the first goal of the game. Trent’s second followed soon after from a long-range free kick, meaning the Furies went into the break with a two-goal deficit to show for their efforts. 

However, the Furies were not to be disheartened, and continued their promising play into the second half. Westbrook narrowly put the ball over the crossbar after being played through on goal, and Lough also went close after a powerful run by Novikov. Even after conceding a third, the Furies refused to admit defeat, and before the final whistle Novikov scored a well-deserved goal – her second in as many games for the Furies. 

Ultimately, despite more than matching Trent in the middle third, Trent were clinical on the break and in the box. The Furies will travel to Birmingham next week with another week of training behind them (and probably some extra shooting practice), and will be eager to get back to winning ways.

By Viola Lough

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