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NORMANTON
B Jones (5'), (45'), (53'), S Eadon (10'), (48'), S Evans (13'), (42'), M Znamirowska (44')
MATCH REPORT | PRIDE PARK 8-0 AFC NORMANTON

MATCH REPORT | PRIDE PARK 8-0 AFC NORMANTON

By Doug Outt
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Pride Finish with a Flourish at Home


Pride brought the season to a close with a double header against AFC Normanton at Moorways on Sunday, the first game of which was officially the ‘home’ fixture and the club’s designated #HerGameToo fixture to mark the club’s partnership with the Her Game Too campaign.

Double headers can be very difficult games to negotiate, both physically and mentally and there was the additional pressure of knowing that two wins would secure at least third place in the league.

In the first of the two games of 60 minutes, Pride got off to a good start scoring three goals in the first 13 minutes. The opener came from a Tash Allderidge corner which was met in the centre of goal by Summer Evans and her header was glanced over the line by Beth Jones with 5 minutes played.

Five minutes later Steph Eadon did well to bring another Tash Allderidge corner down under control in the box, evade a challenge and slot home from close range. The third goal of the opening salvo came three minutes later when Millie Holmes swept a ball down the line for Beth Jones, who ran on before squaring across goal for Summer Evans to finish.

Although Beth Jones had a couple of further chances which were off target, and Tash Allderidge saw a free kick deflected behind off the defensive wall - and another shot well saved - Pride were unable to add to their lead despite having the better of territory and possession before the end of the first half of 30 minutes.

Pride were slow to get started in the second half, with just a Maja Znamirowska shot wide of the post in the first ten minutes after the restart,but then, almost as if someone had flicked a switch, they seemed to suddenly click, with five shots and five goals within 12 minutes.

Summer Evans got things started on 41 minutes when Jade Howell’s kick upfield was glanced on by a defender, controlled by Summer and slipped past the keeper [4-0]. Maja Znamirowska made it five three minutes later, stooping to head home Summer Evans’ pin-point cross [5-0].

Arguably the pick of the bunch, after 46 minutes, came from Steph Eadon’s 40 yard diagonal cross field pass which was brought down inside the area superbly by Summer Evans on her chest, before she squared for Beth Jones to make it 6-0. Two minutes later, Steph Eadon nipped in ahead of the defender on the edge of the area to reach Izzy Wilsoncroft’s long throw and hit a dipping shot beyond the ‘keeper [7-0].

Completing the scoring after 53 minutes, Summer Evans’s cutback after a run down the right was finished by Beth Jones [8-0].

In the midst of that scoring spree, Normanton had a chance to pull one back, but the shot from a central position in front of goal was saved by Jade Howell. It was Normanton’s only shot on target and although they had two further efforts in the closing minutes, both were off target - ensuring Pride kept a 5th clean sheet of the season in the League and 6th overall for the season.

Having completed the first objective the players had twenty minutes to rest before the second game. Having shown they had the physical and technical ability, the challenge would be to show the mental strength to be able to maintain the standard and repeat the performance in the second game.

Scorers: Jones (3), Evans (2), Eadon (2), Znamirowska

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Match details

Match date

Sun 14, May 2023

Kickoff

13:00

Meet time

12:00

Instructions

sky/navy kit / Game #1 of double header