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An understrength Kings Langley Ladies side suffered a heavy 16-1 defeat to Sandy Ladies
3:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Kings Langley Ladies suffered a heavy 16-1 opening-day defeat to Sandy Ladies in Beds & Herts Women’s League Division Two but assistant manager Chris Walker praised the understrength Kings side.
Due to injury and unavailability, the visitors began the game with just seven players and knew defeat was inevitable.
Charlene Leach performed admirably in the Kings goal and defensive duo Amy Belcher and Jess Earthrowl did their best to keep the score down.
But Sandy Ladies went into the interval comfortably ahead after firing nine unanswered goals past Leach.
Kings continued to battle in the second period and, with the wind in the favour, began to threaten the Sandy goal.
Their efforts were rewarded in the 76th minute as Nicole Barrett’s shot was only parried by the goalkeeper and Katie Nield skilfully evaded a defender before steering her shot into the corner.
It was nothing more than a consolation however as Sandy went on to add seven more goals in the second half to claim a comfortable win.
Walker said: “That’s the gutsiest display of football I’ve seen. The girls never gave up, worked so hard as a team and ran themselves into the ground.”
Kings will look to bounce back on Sunday as they travel to Watton Ladies.
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