Barking & Dagenham girls draw positives
PUBLISHED: 10:15 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 January 2017
Barking & Dagenham 0 Woking 0
Barking & Dagenham’s district girls stretched their unbeaten run in the London League to 10 matches with a draw against Woking.
An improvement in standard from previous opponents, the well-organised Surrey outfit counter-attacked well to claim a point in a second succesive stalemate between the two boroughs.
Woking’s comfort at playing district football was signalled from the off as a succession of probing raids put Barking & Dagenham on the back foot.
Keeper Kaydee Bhavnani had to be at her best to repel any incursions into her area, while several last-ditch touches, tackles and clearances kept the home side in the game.
It took until halfway through the first half until Barking & Dagenham created their first opportunity of note as Pahris Cotterell danced down the right flank and flashed a centre across goal, but a vital touch from a sliding defender took the ball away from Grace Young as she looked to convert.
Emily Brown – along with year five counterpart Young – were at the heart of Barking & Dagenham’s attacking efforts, playing with a maturity that was beyond their years.
And the introduction of Nour Khafaoui on the left flank helped the hosts take control of a tense second half.
Khalfaoui’s goalbound effort was deflected wide two minutes after the break and the same player fired beyond the other post moments later following Cotterell’s powerful run.
All of the second-half chances fell to the hosts as Brown’s influence in centre midfield grew, with a series of efforts from the edge of the area well saved by the visiting keeper.
Khalfaoui, Cotterell and Ella Eskelson were then all denied in goalmouth scrambles as, despite their territorial possession, Barking & Dagenham could not find a way through and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Barking & Dagenham: K Bhavnani (Parsloes), A Young (James Cambell), L Duffield, E Brown (Godwin), T Mutuale (Henry Green), P Cotterell (Manor Longbridge), E Eskelson, N Khalfaoui, G Young (all Hunters Hall).
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