Blues win

20 November 2008

Cambridge Women’s Blues scored their first victory of the season and in doing so propelled themselves off the foot of the table with an excellent 3-2 win away to Peterborough on Saturday

Both teams came firing of the blocks and the first good opportunity fell to Cambridge; Clare Ross latching onto a beautifully weighted pass from Leesa Haydock from the wing, only to see her shot tipped over the bar. It was Peterborough though who opened the scoring, taking advantage of Cambridge’s lack of aerial prowess to head in from a set-piece. Cambridge bounced back though and it was only thanks to the Peterborough goalkeeper again that they didn’t equalize on 25 minutes; Lauren Wilson tipping a fine Haydock volley round the post. With half-time approaching, the Blues eventually found an opening, Tory Clarkson slotting home after good build-up play in the middle of the park.

Peterborough was clearly riled after the break and turned their attention to shouting abuse at both the referee and their own team-mates. However, a lapse in the Blues defence allowed the home side to capitalise, undoing all their good work. Cambridge remained undeterred and continued to play their usual passing game and were rewarded in abundance. Peterborough player-manager Maria Rudd turned the ball into her own net before fresher Maisie Byrne scored her first goal for the Blues on 80 minutes to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

Some excellent defending late on ensured that the Blues returned to Cambridge with the spoils and their first win of the campaign; a win that sees them off the foot of the table.