Rugby Town Ladies FC v Oadby & Wigston Ladies FC

Air Ambulance Charity Match

In the afternoon, Oadby and Wigston visited Kilsby Lane for what has become an annual charity cup game. With Oadby and Wigston winning last year, the pressure was on for newly promoted Rugby Town to get the win. The ladies started strong playing the ball positively creating opportunities on the attack. Emma Atkinson was the first to score straight from a swinging corner. The ladies maintained pressure on the Oadby defence, and following some great play, Aileen Whelan drove through making no mistakes in finishing for 2-0 to the home side. Grace Keenan and Kayley Oseman were able to join in the attack from defence supporting forward play. Rugby Town continued to create chances down the wings with Kelly Worthington and Hannah Parker battling hard but some good defending from Oadby kept them out until half time.

The second half opened with Oadby dominating play and possessing the ball well. They were rewarded for their efforts with two goals bringing the score to 2-2. As the game progressed, some great defending by Becky Clusker, Adele Rogers and Steph Bird kept Oadby at bay. Following some injuries, the introduction of youth players Hollie Taylor on the right of midfield and Molly Morgan Blandford in defence immediately had an impact linking up well with Emma Atkinson and Loren Bliss. With only seconds to go the ladies were awarded a corner making it the last bit of play and all to play for. Another great corner from Emma and a well-timed run saw debutant Andie Coupland finish to win the game 3-2. The game was a great display of football from both teams – with still a month to go until the season start, it was just a glimpse of what is yet to come from the ladies team going forward. The club thank Oadby and Wigston LFC for visiting and for all of the donations made to the total raised by the club.