Women’s Football team hits stalemate against Lincoln

Jack Ranson 30 January 2016

Cambridge’s Women’s Football team, second in the league travelled to play first in the league Lincoln University. Both sides perform in the Britsh Unviersities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) League Midlands 2B, gunning for promotion by the end of the season. Cambridge came into the match with a six match unbeaten run under their belts, but Lincoln were league leaders and thorougly dominant in their early fixtures. Separated by two points, both teams were desperate for the win.

Lincoln quickly took the lead, taking advantage of the strong wind to carry the ball over keeper Farrell and into the net. The weather contained the ball down the right hand side of the pitch, until a defensive interception let Edwards bamboozle the Lincoln defence to set Bull up, whose shot bounced off the far post and into the net. Picking the ball out of the wind, Cambridge were able to play around Lincoln and again, set Bull up to shoot clean into the Lincoln goal from the corner, bringing the score to 2–1. A goal kick from keeper Farrell fell to Cambridge’s left-back, setting up Bull down the left wing, who was able to take it right up to the Lincoln goalkeeper and slot it through her legs, completing her hat-trick. Cambridge’s chances continued with the frustrated Lincoln team giving away multiple fouls, but free kicks were cleared and shots from the Cambridge midfielders were saved by the Lincoln keeper – who suffered a kick in the head from Savage in her effort to get on the end of a cross.

Lincoln managed to break on the counterattack, and find space in front of the Cambridge defence to send a ball over keeper Farrell, ending the half on 3–2 to Cambridge. Both sides left the pitch tense, looking ahead to the second half with everything still to play for.

The second half started with both teams fighting for control, and equal control and possession between both teams. Centre backs Brown and Malley held off the Lincoln strikers, but Cambridge were unable to extend the lead. Five minutes from the final whistle the Lincoln striker pulled away from the Cambridge defence to score the equaliser. Facing a 3–3 draw, Cambridge dominated the attack, winning two corners in the last two minutes. The Lincoln side ran down the clock, happy to hold out for the draw that they’d worked so hard to get.

For Cambridge, all attempts at regaining the lead they’d had for most of the match were scrambled off the line by the Lincoln keeper. Full time, a frustrating 3–3 for the Light Blues. The Cambridge Women will soon be heading up to Gloucestershire for the annual BUCS competition against several other universities, where they’ll be hoping to take the positives of scoring three excellent goals.