South Herts struggle after losing keeper

PUBLISHED: 17:43 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009

AN injury to the South Herts keeper was a telling factor in them being beaten 5-1 at home to Shefford & Sandy Ladies at the weekend. The overall performance was not a good one as Herts went a second consecutive game without a victory. Having started brigh

AN injury to the South Herts keeper was a telling factor in them being beaten 5-1 at home to Shefford & Sandy Ladies at the weekend.

The overall performance was not a good one as Herts went a second consecutive game without a victory.

Having started brightly, with Vikki Ayers shooting narrowly wide, Herts fell behind to a quick Shefford break.

The opening goal was soon followed by the defining moment of the match.

First, the hosts' keeper Mo Gough was injured saving a penalty corner and then a penalty flick was harshly awarded against Herts when the follow up shot hit Caroline Partridge on the hip.

Gough, clearly hampered by injury, was unable to keep out the flick and Herts fell two behind.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, Herts managed to get themselves back in the match with a well-worked goal.

Sarah Jowett nipped in front of her marker to meet a cross from Claire Moore and beat the keeper.

Sadly, having pulled themselves back into the game, South Herts failed to get level.

They went two behind again straight from the push-back.

A Shefford forward took the ball and ran straight down the middle of the pitch to fire past Gough.

At half-time, the South Herts stopper was forced to leave the pitch as she could not continue with her injury.

Vanessa Porter bravely volunteered to take her place between the sticks and have a go as the South Herts goalkeeper.

The Potters Bar side started the half positively but having missed two early chances, Shefford scored two further goals without reply.

This was an afternoon to forget for South Herts.

They will need to rediscover their form for the final game of the season if they are to win against second in the table Blueharts.

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