Saturday’s derby between Pinchbeck United and Spalding United lived up to the pre-match anticipation.
Due to injury the game had to be played nine-a-side and started at a tremendous pace.
Spalding, under orders to pressure from the kick-off, went ahead after 15 minutes when after a super run down the right angling into the box Tegan Wheeler delivered a beautiful floated cross to the back post for Holly Mears to meet perfectly on the volley.
After some lovely passing play from Spalding and good saves by the Pinchbeck goalkeeper, Sophie Jameson picked up the ball outside the area and, after closely missing with two previous attempts, lifted it over the keeper to double the lead.
Looking comfortable at half-time, Spalding then let the lead slip with well-taken goals by Georgia Bainbridge and Niamh Warrington.
Captain Tegan Wheeler, a non-stop dynamo in midfield, picked the ball up midway in Pinchbeck’s half and ghosted past four players before sliding the ball past the keeper to regain the lead.
Player of the match went to defensive midfielder Ellis Taylor-Williams who is improving with every game and was instrumental in breaking up many Pinchbeck attacks and distributing the ball beautifully.
Spalding manager Julian Wheeler said: “The girls have played extremely well in the first three games of the season but today we put into practice what we have been training for.
“The midfield especially played as a cohesive unit and hunted the ball down together.
“Skye Godfrey at centre-half put in another awesome performance but this was all about team work and it’s great to finally get that first win.”
This was all about team work and it’s great to finally get that first win.Spalding manager Julian Wheeler