Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers 5-2 Sprowston
At Beccles Town FC.
Above: The scene at College Meadow as Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers faced Sprowston. Sprowston’s Rosie Graham (16) is front of shot. Photo: Darrell Allen.
By Darrell Allen (8/4/22)
Two Norfolk Women and Girls League (NWGFL) Division One sides met on Wednesday night in the NWGFL Plate Cup Semi-Final. Due to lack of pitch availability this game was played on a neutral facility at College Meadow in Beccles, the home of Beccles Town Ladies who are a fellow Step Seven club in the NWGFL.
After an energetic team talk from manager Dean Leggett, Sprowston started the game on the front foot getting the ball down nicely and playing some good football and it was they who created the first big moment of the match when Emma Clarke thundered an amazing strike at goal that hit the under-side of the bar and bounced the right side of the line to give Sprowston the lead.
Sprowston were determined and looked most up for it in the initial phases of play to build on the lead but they could not find a second goal.
Dussindale got their own passing game going and Abbie Hutchin was the first to have any real opportunity of note for them when she put a great cross in but the Sprowston keeper Jade Knight was there to deal with it.
A game of you attack, we attack was in progress and a joy to watch as Vicky Leyer for Dussindale hit a great shot but it was parried by Knight and cleared. Siesha Humphries hit a shot too, but it was high and to the right of the Sprowston goal. Shanice Sutton was then fouled in the box but penalty appeals were waved away.
Dussindale managed to level the score as their period of pressure finally paid off as Vicky Leyer forced Sprowston into an error and slotted beyond keeper Knight and in to level the scores at 1-1.
Dussindale were in their groove, a wonderful free-kick was tipped over by Jade Knight but they had better luck when taking the lead after a clever ball was played across to Leyer from Calista Tink and Leya chipped it over the keeper and in.
A crowd of more than 40 was in attendance which was a good number considering both teams had to travel from Norfolk into Suffolk for this fixture. A brilliant game continued with Sprowston’s Courtney Leggett having a free-kick that went all the way through and straight at Cole in goal.
Sprowston’s effort, attitude and togetherness was outstanding as they continued to go toe to toe with Dussindale, who are regarded along with current league leaders Mulbarton as one of the best teams the NWGFL has to offer.
They seized their moment and levelled the score when they scored another impressive goal when Katie Fray hit a strike from distance that went over Cole’s head and into the net to make the scores level at 2-2 which it remained at the break.
Sprowston started the second half well, but couldn’t make the most of their early pressure as Dussindale gradually began to get a grip of the second half and after some excellent build up play it was Vicky Leyer again who scored to give Rovers the lead with a wonderful strike from distance to complete her hat trick.
Dussindale made it four from the spot. Shanice Sutton was through and brought down by Sprowston goalkeeper Jade Knight who was shown a red card. Lois Irving went in goal but there was no stopping Shanice Sutton who superbly dispatched the penalty to give Dussindale a two-goal lead.
With Rovers having the player advantage they dominated the possession in the late stages of the contest and Vicky Leyer added her fourth and Dussindale’s fifth with a smart finish across the keeper and in to round off the scoring.
Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers will now take part in the Norfolk Women and Girls League Plate Cup Final and will face either Caister or Freethorpe who play their Semi Final on Sunday 24th April at 1.00pm.
Player of the Match: Vicky Leyer (Dussindale and Hellesdon)
Teams: DUSSINDALE & HELLESDON ROVERS: Cole, Wilson, Humphries, Sutton, Roe, Nobbs, Whetherell, Tink, Leyer, Hutchin, Brister. Substitute: Rusted.
Scorers: Leyer (4), Sutton (pen).
SPROWSTON: Knight, Curtis, Whayman, K.Braithwaite, M.Braithwaite, Irving, Shipman, Fray, Clarke, Morris, Leggett, Substitute: Winter, Graham.
Scorers: Clarke, Fray.
Referee: Ryan Starkey.