GTFC Women Secure Victory

The women’s team grabbed their second win of the campaign away from home on Sunday 19th September with a 2-0 Win over Sherwood FC.

Two full debuts were made by youngsters Amber Sharp and Holly Smith who both massively impressed.

After a slightly shaky start, Grimsby found their rhythm and looked comfortable in possession, with opportunities to go forward coming at them early on.

Grimsby looked to take the lead early on through debutant Amber Sharp, but unfortunately, her effort was ruled offside.

Grimsby continued to play with flair and confidence despite the pressure that came from Sherwood. The girls remained composed at the back and defensively looked very

Sharp had a few opportunities to put Grimsby ahead but unfortunately, the game went into the break 0-0 and all to play for.

The girls got stuck in straight away in the second half and 10 minutes in were rewarded with a corner, taken by defender Olivia Kershaw, In which Ava Houlston got her head to and the ball found the back of the net.

That’s two goals in two games now for Houlston who made her debut last week for the Mariners.

New signing Emily Blyth who has only recently turned 16 also impressed highly with her pace and flair going forward and looks like a very promising player.

Both teams continued to apply pressure and attack at all opportunities but the one goal was the only difference until five minutes before full time when Grimsby were awarded a penalty.

Beth Wharton converted confidently from the spot and doubled the lead from the Mariners.

A confident win and clean sheet away from home for the girls who now prepare for Sleaford at Home.

Manager Dale Houlston said: “We were always in control of the game and looked player for player the strongest team and dominated proceedings however, I don’t think we were very effective with the ball.”

Houlston also praised debutants Amber Sharp and Holly Smith.

“Young Holly has done really well in training and she’s so tenacious and gave their wide players nothing today,” said the manager on Smith, who has only just turned 17. “Amber is a big, strong physical player and she created herself a number of scoring opportunities which on another day, will go in and she’s going to be a menace to defenders.”

Captain Kim Brown agreed that Grimsby had a dominating performance and commented on the defensive side of the performance: “we needed to stay strong at the back and that’s what we did and worked as a unit as one to make sure they couldn’t get the ball through.”

As well as the other youngsters out there on the pitch, Ava Houlston impressed Brown and the captain said, ” you can’t fault her, she had a great game, I’m really proud of her today and for getting the goal, she deserves it.”


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