Haringey Borough 2-3 Wroxham
By Richard Giles
Above: Wroxham celebrate after Amber Cantwell’s winning penalty. Photo: @MikeyTheTowner
Wroxham’s unbeaten start to the Eastern Region Women’s Football League (Tier Five) season continued with a 3-2 victory at Coles Park, Haringey on Sunday afternoon.
It was the hosts who mounted the first attack of the game but Lauren Beevor in the Wroxham goal reacted quickly to punched the ball out for a throw-in.
Amber Cantwell had the first two efforts on goal for the visitors but saw her effort go just past the post, then the other just over the bar. Minutes later, Grace Birchall tried to chip the home keeper who just managed to cling on to the ball.
Most of the pressure was coming from Wroxham and it finally paid off after 20 minutes. A free-kick from Hope Strauss came back off the bar and after a goalmouth scramble, Jess Horn was able to force the ball over the goal-line.
Haringey’s main form of attack was down the flanks using their pacy wide players but were guilty of times of hitting the ball too long and out for a goal-kick or Beevor collected before the player could get to the ball.
Wroxham doubled their lead after Cantwell fed Kayleigh Holloway wide on the right. The latter finding Lauren Bullard who unselfishly passed to an unmarked Birchall to fire pass the keeper to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Despite holding a comfortable lead, the visitors had to be aware of fast counter-attacks by the hosts and one such move led to a free-kick being conceded just outside the penalty area. From the set-piece, Beevor palmed the ball onto the bar before being cleared by the Wroxham defence.
As the half reached its closing stages, the visitors saw a shot cleared off the line and a couple of shots blazed over from close range. Wroxham were made to pay for their misses when Haringey scored from a free-kick just outside the penalty area in added time.
Within six minutes of the restart, Haringey levelled the score. A quick move down the right flank caught out the away defence and the attacker was fouled leaving the referee no alternative but to award a penalty which was duly converted.
Holly Walker replaced Bullard after an hour and was in the action almost immediately send in a corner to the far post and the visitors had loud appeals for a penalty turned down after a defender appeared to handle the ball.
The visitors pushed forward looking to regain the lead and were rewarded with a penalty with around 15 minutes remaining. Alice Parker put Walker away on the left flank and Birchall was pushed over attempting to get on the end of Walker’s cross. Cantwell stepped up to score the penalty and give Wroxham a 3-2 lead.
The closing minutes including ten added on were tense with the hosts looking for an equaliser and the visitors trying to snatch a fourth goal. However, neither side were able to add to the scoresheet and Wroxham secured their first ever victory at Coles Park.
HARINGEY BOROUGH: Acheampong, Boyea, Cameron, Campbell, Craig-Tapper, Hernandez, Manktelow, Reid, Rukat, Yokomoto, Young. Substitutes: Brightly.
Scorers: Boyea, Campbell.
WROXHAM: Beevor, Strauss, Parker, Horn, Meers, Scully, Holloway, Russell, Cantwell, Birchall, Bullard. Substitutes Walker, Smith, Squire.
Scorers: Horn, Birchall, Cantwell.