A New Year brought an energised GCW Ladies 1s to their first National Indoor Weekend of the decade. Two debutants (Eleanor Barr and Connie Hatfield) in the squad also enforced the “new” attitude to the squad. 11 Players travelled and all were used on a consistent rolling basis irrespective of form.
The first game up was Edinburgh who the girls drew 4-4 with on day one. This turned out to be another tight game. In the early stages it was nip and tuck and it was a question of who would force a lead. As it turned out in 5 minutes it was Edinburgh through a lucky deflection or two. GCW tried to force it back but a counter by Edinburgh met with another deflection wrong footing the defence and it was 2-0 Edinburgh. There was a nervousness about the GCW side and a bit of familiarisation with the constant rotation. However this began to clear and suddenly the game swung. A long ball from the back found Eildih Seedhouse who spun the keeper and netted. This was soon followed by a replica but this time from Jess Barr. 2-2 and it looked set for an even first half but a piece of indecisive defending allowed Edinburgh to take the lead just before half time.
The second half was a ding dong affair 2-3 soon was 3-3, then 3-4, then 4-4 until finally Edinburgh netted the final goal to win out 5-4. A tight and enjoyable game to blow the New Year cobwebs away.
Game 2 was against Inverleith, the first game finished 3-3, and the girls were determined to get a positive result to go home with. A game dominated by GCW was 0-0 at half time. The game was still 0-0 at the end of the third quarter. The nerves were beginning to jangle a bit at this point as Inverleith won their first corners of the game. Then Jess Barr spun the keeper and was brought down for a penalty flick, a solid flick was well saved by the keeper. Was this to be a 0-0 result ?.
With three minutes left the ball was switched to Jen Tait on the left she looked up and saw Connie Hatfield heading to the back post. A disguised sweep across the defence looked just out of Connie’s reach but she reached forward to get a stick on it and score the decisive goal and the crowd and GCW bench were up in delight. The final two minutes saw a newly invigorated GCW side push for more and a corner switch to Heather Curry was netted with a minute to play to make everything seem easier than it actually was. Possible improvements might be shooting off the ground as several shots were defended well on the line by the Inverleith defence. Fourth in the table is a good way to start the decade.