Old Silhillians 2 - 0 Nuneaton
By Stephen Tabb
Impressive defensive display takes Sils to second Summer league victory
Old Silhillians 2 (2) - (0) 0 Nuneaton
Goalscorers: Abi Landa, Tamara Majevadia
Sils put in an excellent defensive display, to take all three points on a glorious Wednesday evening at Hampton, much in contrast to the previous downpour from the last time the side played at the venue.
Sils were lucky enough to call upon Ali Williams in goal again, and she coped easily throughout the match with a number of shots that came in on goal, superbly supported by Jess Cox, Sophie Williams and Lucy Connors, playing her first Summer League after her exams, and a brief cameo by Emma Fell.
Nuneaton did start the stronger of the two teams, and had skillful forwards, and energetic midfielders, though at no point did Sils look outpaced by the opposition. After the first 5 minutes, Sils settled into their stride and started moving the ball around well, with Jess Cox, and the ever improving Anya Hemmings combining time and time again down the right to cause problems for the Nuneaton defence. Abi Landa was putting in a real shift in the centre of midfield, alongside Claire Wright, and these two worked hard to create chances for the Majevadia sisters up front, with Tammy having the first couple of sights on goal, but with the opener coming from Priya Majevadia getting a shot away that was beating the goalkeeper, but Abi Landa made sure from close range to give the Sils the lead.
Katie Seazell and Lorna Scott Brooks were also working tirelessly and it was not long before Lorna had created a chance for Tammy to drive in from the right, and fire her shot into the bottom corner; 2-0 to Sils and everything looking good.
Nuneaton upped their game, and the Sils began to work just as hard in defence, with young Abby Richards helping out on several occasions by tracking back with the opposition defender to put extra pressure on the ball, and the excellent defence meant no major issues for Williams in goal.
The second half saw Nuneaton pressing higher up the pitch to try and get back in the game, and with the Sils tiring some what, Nuneaton definitely had the better chances in the second 35 minutes, but none of them were easy chances to score, and with Sils holding the ball, and trying to make it difficult for their opposition, the game fizzled out a little into a comfortable win for Sils.
All the youngsters played well, particularly with Cox and Hemmings combining very effectively down the right in the first half, but Anya just scraped the Player of the Match due to the chances she created with her intelligent running and passing, as well as her non-stop work to put pressure on the ball when Nuneaton were in possession.
Two tough games to go against Solihull Blossomfield who have started winning matches, and Warwick, who are yet to lose a game, but this Summer Campaign is still set to be the best one for the team in many years, mainly thanks to the excellent availability of so many players, but also because of the great efforts put in by everybody each week. No sideline "coach" for the last two games, but Steve will be looking on with interest from Nepal....