Cambridge City’s second team were the opposition in Uni’s third match of the 2017/18 season. Before play, the teams sat together at the foot of the table with both searching for their first win of the season. Uni were looking to draw some form and confidence from their impressive display, if ultimately disappointing result, in their last match when they faced the City first team.
Uni’s team sheet saw the return of regular starter Emily Young, after her absence in the previous fixture. Uni were also buoyed by the inclusion of Adam Jouth, making a cameo appearance, after retiring due to what were thought to be career ending injuries at the end of the last season. As ever, they were led out by captain Bethany Mason, now into her second season in the role.
The match started in a frantic fashion, with Uni struggling at times with their rhythm and maintaining their composure in attack. The work in defence was much better, making City work for every shooting opportunity. Having said this, as the first half drew to a close, City led by one.
In the second half, Uni came out and played with a renewed desire, levelling the score almost instantly. The score swung back and forth with the two teams scoring and cancelling each other out with metronomic timing. It’s fair to say that the match was a somewhat tense affair, especially as it seemed no one in the stadium knew what the score was at any given moment.
As the final whistle blew, the result was a mystery to the players. After a considerable period of confusion, it transpired that Uni’s efforts had not been enough and City had clinched it by a point. Although Uni defended well, it was the sharp shooting of City’s players that had won the day. Needless to say, the Uni players were incredibly disappointed not to have found that extra gear in attack that would have seen them over the finish line.
Skipper Bethany Mason summarised the match: “The confusion at the end of the match pretty much summed up how the game went for us. We struggled to find what worked for us in attack, but with a little bit more work in training I’m confident that our collective tactical nous will mature and we can win the return fixture.” Uni’s next opportunity to find that elusive first victory will see them do battle with Ely Vikings on the 12th November.