Luton Town development 2-5 Bromley Ladies FC
This was an important game for both teams who found themselves occupying the bottom two spots in the league table before kickoff. It was Bromley who found the better rhythm in the first half, retaining good possession of the ball, dominating midfield and creating chances. It was Bays who had the best chance in the first half after being put through by Rafferty but her shot was wide of the far post. Rafferty and Holley also had chances but Bromley were struggling to work the Luton keeper. Luton looked most dangerous from set pieces but Bromley defence was restricting their attack to a few long range shots. Luton got a lucky break after a challenge between defender and attacker allowed the ball to bounce kindly in the attackers favour, their striker finding the net despite a good attempt by Tyler, in goal for the injured Higginson, to prevent the ball finding the bottom corner. Tyler then made an excellent save to prevent Luton extending their lead. Bromley went into half time feeling unlucky to be 1-0 down.
Within 10minutes of the restart Bays atoned for her earlier miss after work by Holley and Jones down the left set her free in the box, cutting back inside onto her right foot to shoot past the keeper. It was soon 1-2 after Rafferty played a first time ball into Bays feet, who curled a shot from outside the box into the corner of the goal. Bromley suddenly had more confidence in attack and made it 1-3 when Rafferty again laying the ball into space for Bays to run into and shoot across the keeper into the far corner. Rusk who was commanding in the defensive midfield position then played in Bays who was able to beat the on rushing keeper to the ball and scored her 4th by passing the ball into an empty net. Donovan, Holley, Rusk and Rafferty all came close to adding to Bromley’s tally but it was Robertson with her first goal of the season who broke down the right, beat her defender and scored at the near post. Luton pulled a goal back with 10minutes to go after Tyler was left one on one. Bromley saw the game out and move 2 places up the table with 2 games in hand.
Player of the match – Rebecca Bays