FA Nationwide Women’s Premier League Southern Division
Sunday 17th August 2003
Langford 5-0 Enfield Town
Nigerian International Tosin Otubajo marked her league debut for Langford with a well taken treble ensuring that the season got off to a flying start.
On a rock hard surface both sides struggled to pass the ball early on and it looked as though the midweek exertions against Arsenal had taken their toll on the home side.
It was evenly balanced until Otubajo struck in the 19th minute. Skipper Sheree Oliver supplied the pass and although Kerrie Marlborough in the Enfield goal looked to have it covered pressure from Otubajo forced her into an error and she was able to roll the ball into an empty net.
Langford were forced into a reshuffle after only 30 minutes when debutant Alanna Livingstone left the field with a foot injury. Beth Lovell replaced her with Rebecca Wilson filling the centre back berth. Five minutes later the visitors were reduced to ten when Claire Gooch received her marching orders for ‘serious foul play’ deliberating kicking out at Otubajo as she raced through on goal.
Milly Durrant, who only returned from her summer in the States 6 hours earlier, set up Otubajo’s second just before half time. A long ball forward caught Jane Rudderham in two minds and Otubajo robbed her of possession before sliding the ball under the advancing Marlborough to give the home side some breathing space.
Within five minutes of the restart the margin was three. Charlotte Nicholson leapt like a salmon to crash a thundering header goal bound from Kelly Davies corner but somehow the ball was blocked on the line but Otubajo was first to react thumping the ball into the roof of the net.
Durrant was rewarded for her efforts two minutes later. Linda Watt releasing her to drive the ball home off of the inside of the upright from 20 yards.
Enfield were struggling to sustain any level of possession as the home side hounded them at any opportunity.
Otubajo and Lovell were booked for fouls on Jenna Schillaci and Jenna Brailey in quick succession much to the derision of the visitors dug-out.
Oliver had a good effort well saved by Marlborough and Regan Coleman struck the side-netting from an acute angle before Marlborough once again thwarted a Langford attack saving well at the feet of Durrant.
15 year old Josie Perez replaced Otubajo and Emma Fleming came on for Durrant. Both were involved immediately in Langfords next foray into Enfield territory. Fleming and Watt exchanged passes in the corner before the Fleming delivered a telling cross into the path of Perez who saw her shot blocked by a desperate but timely tackle from Bev Payne.
The rout was completed with 8 minutes remaining. Payne, under pressure, slipped allowing Coleman to steal the ball race goal-wards drawing Marlborough off her line before squaring for Watt to side foot into the unguarded net.
It was a good start for Bedfordshire’s premier women’s team but it could be a long season for the north London outfit as the failed to register a single shot at the Langford goal.
LANGFORD - 1 Cabey-Gooden, 19 Wilson, 13 Nicholson, 15 Livingstone, 23 Stone, 6 Watt, 26 Davies, 3 Oliver, 11 Durrant, 8 Otubajo and 16 Coleman.
Subs: 5 Lovell, 14 Lee, 25 Fleming and 34 Perez.
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