POSSESSION and quality does not always influence the result is the harsh lesson learned by Solihull Blossomfield Ladies who lost 2-0 at home Kettering on Saturday.
The hosts fielded a strong side and enjoyed a significant amount of possession but the visitors were able to capitalise on some sloppy passing to win a short corner and clinically find the back of the net somewhat against the run of play.
Bloss regained composure during the second half and significantly dominated possession again. They found space down the right with the pace of Kate Digby and the left with the skill of Julie Spence, but despite a number of short and long corners they were unable to score.
With only minutes remaining, and Bloss pushing hard to level the score, Kettering broke and converted their second shot on goal, leaving the hosts trailing 2-0 at full time.
There was to be success however for the Badgers who recorded a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Yardley.
Bloss started strong and won a short corner within the first minute and they continued their strong attacking play. Their efforts were rewarded as Cameron Mowat’s reverse stick shot fired into the goal taking a slight deflection through the keeper’s legs to give Bloss the lead midway through the first half.
Yardley tried to get back into the game by attacking the Bloss defence, but some good defence from Ben Grizzell kept Yardley without a shot on goal.
The visitors started the second half strong, but the Bloss defence with Rhianna Robertson and Louisa Halliwell-Ewan kept Yardley at bay.
Bloss continued to move the ball well using both sides of the pitch to attack well, notably Player of the Match Ben Grizzell and Yusuf Skinner on the right.
The hosts had chances to close the game out but could not find a second goal.