Despite the bitterly cold weather, a big crowd turned out to watch Goldsmiths WFC take on Bend It Like Peckham in a pre-season 9-a-side friendly. The Goldsmiths Ladies were using this as an opportunity to give some of their new recruits some game time against a confident opponent.
Goldsmiths began the game with some wonderful passing plays down the pitch from side to side, however, they were failing to translate these moves into shots when they reached the final third of the pitch.
The first of Peckham’s goals came from their captain Roanna Fawcett who capitalised on a poor clearance by Goldsmiths from a corner. She followed this with a powerful free kick into the bottom left hand corner only moments later.
A break through that Goldsmiths tried to clear took a lucky deflection into the path of Peckham’s other centre forward for a one on one with the Goldsmiths keeper, which she capitalised on putting Peckham 3-0 up early on.
As the first half progressed, each team were starting to make more and more probing runs with Goldsmiths appearing to wake up a bit and spending a considerable amount of time in the Peckham territory before the half time whistle blew.
Peckham came out in the second half looking to pick up where they left off and it wasn’t long before a laid off free kick was tucked away by the Peckham centre forward.
It began to look like the game was getting away from Goldsmiths and their frustration began to tell with a few heavy challenges leaving Peckham bodies littering the field. However, in a moment of brilliance Goldsmiths’ Corey Hayman put through a wonderful ball into the path of Kalia Stone who kept a cool head to knock it past the Peckham keeper with outside of her boot. This appeared to galvanise the Goldsmiths team and their sizeable fanbase, but another poorly cleared corner soon after led to another Peckham tap in to the back of the net.
Goldsmiths did appear to be revitalised now, though, and maintained a good level of pressure forcing the save of the game from the Peckham goalie, a subsequent mistake by the keeper gifted Goldsmiths a free kick on the edge of the box. Despite Peckham filling the goal with the 7 of their 9 players on the pitch, Corey Hayman managed to find a gap between them to make it 5-2 and keep Goldsmiths in it. A Goldsmiths shot which struck the Peckham post kept the fans hopes of a comeback alive.
Although Goldsmiths found themselves dominating possession and territory in the closing stages of the game, a quick Peckham break lead to their sixth and final goal sealing Goldsmiths fate.
The full time whistle went and the two teams came together for a group photo, rounding off what had been an entertaining goal-packed evening for the fans. Unfortunately, Goldsmiths were played out of the game by a more experienced Peckham side, however, there were several freshers from the Goldsmiths side who made a big impression. Hopefully, as the season goes on and the team get to know each other a bit more, their fortunes will change.