Match Report - Thrapston Town
Clinical finishing settled opening day proceedings at Old Grammarians as we pushed Thrapston Town all the way gaining little reward on Sunday afternoon.
It was a glorious day for football in Wellingborourgh with the sun shining and the Old Grammarians playing surface in immaculate condition as you’d expect for the opening day.
We started well, dominated the early possession and should have had the lead inside five minutes. This gave us encouragement as Dani Rou and Sophie Gould link up well in the opening stages against a Thrapston back four that looked vulnerable, as new manager, Craig Turnbull, was delighted with our efforts in the opening quarter.
It was the host's, though, who grabbed the lead, completely against the run of play and with their first attack of note as Claire Coleman gave away penalty which allowed Hannah Pendred to leave Chloe Keller stranded from 12 yards.
It was cruel on us and the goal tipped the balance of play firmly in Thrapston’s favour as the hosts started to take control, and over a fifteen minute period the early league favourites had increased their lead to 4-0.
We went in behind but there were signs of encouragement as we dominated possession in the final twenty minutes of half, which resulted in Coleman putting The Poppies back into the fixture. As Sienna McNeil's beautifully flighted corner saw the centre-back lose her marker and firmly head home from close range.
Disaster struck straight after the break as we conceded two quick goals in the opening exchanges of the second half, which brought an end to any comeback.
The match took it's toll on our young side as the experience and relentless of the home side saw four more goals shipped. The spirit of the new side rallied as Turnbull made the majority of his changes and we again looked the more threatening in the latter stages but failed to test the Thrapston goal.â€‹