The re-arranged fixtures sent to out to Villanova were important to the league. The season has been significantly impaired by the early season weather and it was great that Rye were able to support the league leadership.
Our somewhat makeshift side made the necessary introductions and set out with a plan to beat the the East Coast youngsters. As was inevitable a team put together in this way was going to have a slow start. ECHP causing difficulty with pace creating overload on the wing. We conceded two fairly soft goals following a bit of pin ball in the circle. However, Rye continued to grow into the game and by the end of the first half had put together a few chances and were showing that we could build out and hold possession.
The second half was a significant improvement. We stuck with what we set out to do in the first half and our play began to look better than our opponents. ECHP chances still came, but the defence held out for the rest of the game. Going forward, the ladies began to dominate and Abdel looked completely unplayable. A little bit more more luck on the run of the ball could have easily seen us back into the game. Towards the end of the first half the angry author hit the ball hard from a short corner and beat the keeper between his legs. We created further good chances and can genuinely hard done by not getting the further goals we need. The short corner count was 5-1 in our favour. Just a bit of something extra missing.
Rye men thank Kevin Paula, Desi and Rhian for coming out to help us keep this fixture. It was a huge effort that didn’t receive the result we deserved. We also thank Hugo for helping Rye and NEFHA.
Olli, Paula, Russell, Nico, Paul, Vishal, Desi, Rhian, Kevin, Abdel, Srinu.