Torquay United Ladies suffered a third home defeat in a row yesterday, going down 5-2 to Keynsham Town Development side.
The Gulls were looking to bounce back from the previous weekend’s South West Women’s Premier Division defeat to Bishops Lydeard. There were a couple of changes to the starting XI once again, with the return of Rhi Bailey and Daisy Self bolstering the midfield.
The match was barely a minute old when United took the lead. A lovely move involving three or four players ended with finding Kasey Dickson in space on the right, and the teenager finished well into the corner. It was a far cry from previous matches, where slow starts have often seen United on the back foot, but that wasn’t the case in this encounter.
United were the better team for the opening period of the game, and had chances to double their advantage. Danni Wyatt forced a good save from the Keynsham keeper. Torquay were getting a lot of joy in the wide areas, stretching the Keynsham back line. At the other end, they looked assured in keeping the visitors at bay.
Around the 25 minute mark, the visitors did break through to score an equaliser. In the aftermath, an off the ball incident near the half way line saw tempers flare. This continued, and resulted in the referee sending Jamie McInnes to the stand.
The game became quite feisty, and the referee eventually got his yellow card out, booking Bailey.
Towards the end of the half, Keynsham managed to break through again, with a good finish from the edge of the box. That one goal advantage became two with the final kick of the half, as United failed to deal with a simple throw in and a bouncing ball was poked into the Gulls’ net.
HALF TIME: Torquay United 1-3 Keynsham Town
The second half began and again, both teams were giving it a good go and creating opportunities. As the match progressed, United changed to a 1-4-4-2 formation, in an attempt to get back into the game. This soon adapted further into a 1-4-3-3, as United looked to rescue something from the game.
Keynsham were beginning to exploit the space presented to them, and were able to break through the Gulls backline to add two more goals without reply. The 5-1 scoreline flattered the visitors, but to their credit, they had been very quick to punish any errors made in the United back line.
The final twenty minutes of the game saw United continue to work hard to reduce the deficit, and the ladies were able to add a second goal in the final stages.
A free kick from the edge of the centre circle, taken by Bailey, was a perfect delivery for Wyatt, who broke through to slot past the keeper.
United continued to press and push for another goal to add to their tally, but could not find the net again before the final whistle.
It was a much improved performance on last week, and United can take heart from the quick start and strong finish to the game, but there is still plenty of work to do.
FULL TIME: Torquay United 2-5 Keynsham Town Development
Torquay United: S. Lacey, T. Allen, M. Strong, N. Farrell, L. Shaw, R. Bailey, D. Self, E. Hellyer, K. Dickson, L. Swaine, D. Wyatt. Subs: N. Gosling, A. Commander-Finnemore