After an afternoon of training, the ladies quickly established themselves into a rhythm, forcing Bursledon back towards their own goal from the off. The RN, exerted high levels of pressing and found they were dominating proceedings from the outset.
Stollery and Bowden controlled the centre of midfield creating openings on multiple occasions but unfortunately were unable to be finished off in the opening exchanges.
The first half continued in similar fashion with half chances being created by Mattinson and Roche. However the RN did find the break they deserved when Timoney broke from defence to play a neat one-two in the final third before picking her spot in the top corner over the advancing goalkeeper.
An untimely injury to Bowden forced the first change of the game and the introduction of Creechan into centre midfield who picked up exactly where the former had started distributing the ball quickly and supporting the attacking play.
In the moments before half time, more pressing forced the RN to win back possession resulting in Stollery picking the ball up and from all of 25 yards unleashing a shot into the net.
Half time RN 2-0 Bursledon
The second half started quickly with the RN not giving their opposition a moments rest, changing direction of play and causing gaps to appear throughout the defence. This was capitalised on when Timoney broke through and rolled the ball in for her second of the game.
With the score now at 3-0 it would have been easy for the RN to sit back and enjoy the evening, but they continued to press and exert pressure winning the ball back and creating many more chances, which on another occasion may have seen a much wider score line.
The latter stages of the game saw multiple substitutions from both sides, with an injury occurring to Roche, but this didn’t affect the RN dominance and they eventually saw out the game with the score remaining 3-0.
Full time RN 3-0 Bursledon
Team: Riddell, Timoney, Corbett, Riley-Siggins, Canning (C), Stollery, Bowden, Mattinson, Duggan, Roche, Pessoll
Substitutes (all used): Creechan, Knight, Wells