Back to back defeats
Despite back to back defeats this was a much improved performance by Haslemere
The match started in a similar fashion to the previous week with Haslemere having an early chance to score but failing to trouble the keeper. Both sides were evenly matched but the experience of the Staines team showed through and their discipline meant Haslemere found it hard to create too many chances. The first goal came when a Staines player was allowed to get goal side of the defence and she played a pass into the middle which was well finished. Maisy then pulled off a fantastic save to keep the score 1 - 0. Staines kept the pressure up and forced two successive corners the second resulting in goal number 2.
Haslemere came into the game more in the second half and chances were created at both ends. Zoe and Cara both made some telling runs but the final pass or shot never troubled the Staines keeper. Haslemere battled away and 5 minutes from the end Katya ran through and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner to reduce the arrears. This could have set up a grandstand finish but the Staines defence stood firm and Haslemere never really looked like getting an equaliser.
This was a far better performance than the previous week and once the girls improve their positional play and finishing we will soon be heading up the table. The only downside was the constant sniping at the referee by some of the away supporters and officials over minor things which is not something we are used to and is unnecessary.