Our Women’s team had another comfortable victory this afternoon, this time it was the turn of HBW United Ladies to be thrashed by Dale Houlston’s side.
Becky Taylor, Libbi Wright (2), Ellie Wilson (2) and Beth Wharton were all on target in a 6-0 win.
Speaking after the game, Dale told gtfc.co.uk: I’m delighted with our display today, particularly in the first half. The girls know that we’ve been working on keeping the ball better and for longer periods and we did that very well today. Our passing was good and our movement was good. I’m particularly pleased with the understanding that the players are developing, and at times the combining was exceptional. The passage of play down the left that led to Ellie’s goal was outstanding."
Any stand out performances?
It’s difficult really to pinpoint a star player. I think on the whole everybody has done extremely well. It’s easy to forget your goalkeeper isn’t it when you’ve had such an emphatic win. But Chelsea brought something a little bit different to the game today. She’s worked on a higher starting position and we’ve utilised her on occasions that we’ve been turned. And to her credit, she has received the ball into her feet well, and her distribution has been really good.
"Becky Taylor was everything we are coming to expect of her now. She has shown a lot of passion today. Her goal from the free-kick was fantastic.
"I was very impressed with Saskia (Rawbone) in the middle. It’s great to see her back after a short absence. She is such a no-nonsense player you know, and gets through so much work that sometimes can go unnoticed. She gets on the ball in the middle and gets us playing. Picks out great incisive passes, but also is brave travelling with the ball and was unlucky not to have scored in the second half.
"I could go on forever really, but as I say, I think the whole team was immense."
At 5-0 at half time did we take our foot off the gas?
"No I don’t think so. I guess the game was essentially over at the break. It was three points in the bag at half time, and that gives us the opportunity to experiment with a couple of things. Things like asking Olivia (Kershaw) to go and play higher up the pitch because I feel that she has got scope to do that. We’ve also given Beth (Wharton) the opportunity to play in a wider position. We’ve made a number of changes in the second half as I genuinely wanted everyone to be involved. There might come a time as we progress, when it might not be possible to get everyone on and off the pitch, and the players know that. But whilst we are in a comfortable situation I’m going to fully utilise the squad as I think that’s essential in developing this group."
Town remain unbeaten this season and are on course for promotion at the first time of asking.
Town were supporting LGBT equality as part of the Stonewall UK Rainbow Laces campaign today.
The girls are next in action on December 8th when they travel to Appleby Frodingham Ladies.