Chelmsford were hoping to build on their unbeaten run of 6 matches this week with a tough match against 3rd in the table Maldon. Always a hard fought game against local rivals, and Maldon came out strong from the off and caught the Greens off guard with an early goal from pressured attack creating errors in defence.
The ‘retro skirt’ Macdonald however commanded the back line and the greens came back fighting, starting to play how they can, passing the ball around the back, driving down the wings and having most of the possession. A head injury to Eager who has a lovely dimpled bump to show for it meant some changes in midfield but this didn’t stop the Greens continued pressure. Unfortunately the sustained pressure didn’t get converted and at half time Maldon were still 1-0 up.
The second half saw Maldon take it up a notch and come out fighting. The Greens didn’t quite match it and with the extra pressure, some fitness fading in places, Maldon’s pressure created more chances and they capitalised on them to take a 2-0 lead. The greens still fought hard. Eager and Wilkinson in midfield passing well, attacking as a unit and creating some lovely passes for the front line. However it just wasn’t Chelmsford’s day, the chances didn’t quite fall right and they couldn’t capitalise from their periods of possession. Fighting for a goal created a counter attack for Maldon and they took a 3-0 lead and the final result.
A flattering score line but probably a fair result.
Player of the match was Kath Macdonald closely followed by Jenai in goal who made some amazing saves.
Next match Basildon away, goals galore needed to boost confidence once more!