Honours even for Thorpe sides

Great Shelford 2, Thorpe Ladies 2

Thorpe made the long trip to Shelford in good spirits after recent good results, but started the game slowly and were under pressure early on as no-one seemed able to get the ball clear.

They were made to pay when a hopeful ball into the box caused confusion and went past Kirsty Andrews for their forward to tap into an empty net.

Thorpe rallied and some excellent work from Hannah Bray saw her release Rebecca Lake who nipped in to finish well.

But having got back in the game some sloppy defending cost them again as Shelford headed a goal from a corner unchallenged, to take a 2-1 lead onto half time.

Thorpe United were much better after the break and piled fowards creating several good chances.

Rebbecca Lake’s pace was causing problems &she soon skipped past a defender and chipped the ball beautifully over the advancing keeper into the far corner to equalise once more.

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However soon after there was another shock for Thorpe when Shelford were awarded a penalty. Kirsty Andrews stood tall & to her great credit pulled off a brilliant save diving to her left, making up for the earlier error.

Next thing Rebecca Lake was through again only to be hacked down from behind just inches outside the box , so only a free kick & no cards. Rebecca Russell went close with the kick but there was no further scoring and the game ended 2-2.

PoM: chosen by the opposition and also Thorpe was Rebecca Lake for her quality finishing and all-round work rate.

Thorpe U11 1, Scole 1

After last week’s win against Aylsham, Thorpe U11 continued their good work against a Scole side who had beaten Thorpe on all previous meetings.

But it was Thorpe who took the game to Scole and had several chances to score early on.

Scole too created chances but with some good defending Thorpe kept them out. Thorpe took the lead just before half time when Davina took the ball past a defender into the area and sent her shot into the top corner of the net.

Further chances came at both ends but it was Scole who equalised midway through the second half.

With more excellent defending Thorpe held on for a deserved draw.

PoM: chosen by the opposition was the superb Vivian, Thorpe’s own choice was Megan for some well-timed tackles and strong defending.