Torquay United Ladies continued
with the 1-3-4-3 system that had served them well last weekend against
Portishead. They were without the ever-present Megan Strong in defence
today, who was missing through injury along with Becky Carruthers.
Team - Gosling, Farrell (c), Mace, McJury, Anderson, Shaw, Dymond, Lawrence,
Evans, Kotlinska and Harper. Subs - Dickson, Swaine and Allen.
Torquay began the game in a
very disappointing manner, looking well off the pace from the first whistle. It
took around 30 minutes to finally get a grip of the game, but by
this point the match was all but over as a contest, as Callington were 4-0
After finally stopping the constant attacks from the visitors, the home
side had something to cheer about, as Sammy Kotlinska finished well just before the break,
assisted by Harper. 1-4.
Torquay changed shape to 1-4-5-1 for the second half, aware they would be up
against the slope of the pitch as well as the talented Callington team.
The effort and application from
the home side was markedly improved during the second period. Callington
further extended their lead, before Torquay substitute Lauren Swaine finished well
into the far corner, again assisted by Harper. The home team were competing for
every ball and creating chances and were unfortunate not to add to their two
Callington scored a breakaway goal with around ten minutes left to see
the final whistle blow with the score 2-6.
Player of the match - there were
a few notable performances today, particularly in the second half. Lauren
Swaine was a constant menace down the left flank, and took her goal really
well. Dani Harper, a regular scorer of goals, turned provider today, setting up
both of the Torquay goals. However, today's player of the match was awarded to
Kasey Dickson. Her impact today as a second-half sub really altered the flow of
the game. She frequently picked up good pockets of space and drove at the
Callington defence, causing them all sorts of problems and was unlucky not to
grab a goal herself.
After the game, manager Jamie McInnes said: "I have to be honest, I was pretty disgusted with our first
half performance. I always try to be be positive and praise the girls regularly
for all the good things they have been doing, however there were some harsh
words said during the interval. The players know me well now and I think they
understood my frustrations. We spoke after the game about how we have to be
switched on as soon as we arrive at the ground. We have to warm up properly, be
focused and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. It didn't happen
today but I know the girls will learn from this.
"We have set our standards so
high during the past few games, and I was pretty pleased that we were able to
get back to near our best during the second 45 minutes. We talk often about
what we can accept as a performance from ourselves as individuals and as a
team. We added an extra midfielder for the second half, a change that in
hindsight I should have made earlier, and we played with much more fight, determination
and purpose. We have a weekend off next week before we play against Ilminster
for the first time this season the week after. We will be continuing the hard
work on the training pitch before then, and putting a plan together to try and
get a result."