Chinchilla Honeybears player Sally Carroll.
Chinchilla Honeybears player Sally Carroll. Madison Watt

Honeybears back in form

Football: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on third place St Albans at the Rec Grounds on Saturday Night.

The Honeybears were looking for a response after a dip in form over the last couple of weeks and were coming up against an in-form St Albans side.

The Honeybears started brightly and were moving the ball around confidently which was causing St Albans problems.

Bonnie Callaghan fired a warning shot at the St Albans goal that drifted just wide.

Sally Carroll was next to threaten after being played through by Nikola Stevenson but Carroll couldn't keep her shot down, firing over the crossbar.

However, St Albans didn't react to that let off and in the 11th minute Carroll was played through but a perfectly weighted pass from Claire Valler that split open the St Albans defence for Carroll to finish confidently in the bottom corner.

After the goal St Albans did react after going behind and levelled the scores in the 19th minute after they were afforded to much room on the edge of the Honeybears penalty area, St Albans striker Sarah Glass fired a rocket of a shot into the back of the net.

The game became bogged down in the middle of the park with both teams scrapping for the ascendency. The game was becoming very physical and the young Honeybears side did not take a backward step. There was no further scoring in the first half with the sides going in at the break lock at 1-1.

It was much of the same in the second half with both defences dominating. The Honeybears new centre back pairing of Kirsty Weedon and Drue Hope were dominant against one of the best attacks in the league.

St Albans struggled to create any clear-cut chances being forced to shoot from long range which Honeybears Keeper Chloe Cann dealt with comfortably.

In attack the Honeybears looked dangerous with Carroll and Callaghan combining well but were unable to break down a solid St Albans defence.

However, both sides were unable to add to the scoring in the second half with the game ending Honeybears 1 St Albans 1 a result which put a smile on Honeybears Coach Tim Taylors face.

Taylor said it was important for the team to play well in the match.

"We have let ourselves slip a bit in the recent weeks which we spoke about at training and I got the reaction I was hoping for today.

"Two players in particular stood out today and that was Stephanie Valler and Lauren Weedon. Lauren when she applies herself is one of the best players we have in our team even at her young age. She is so calm on the ball which helps everyone else around her.

"Also, Steph Valler, she is someone that excites me every time she takes the pitch. She has so much potential more than I think she knows at times. She is someone that you know you are going to get 110 per cent every time she trains or takes the field.

"If we can get these two players on the pitch together I am confident we will climb the table quickly and have a really strong finish to the season.”

The Honeybears next game is against Highfields in Highfields this Sunday at 11am. Highfields are two points ahead of the Honeybears on the ladder, if the Honeybears can get a win they would go above Highfields which would be a massive boost heading into a crucial part of the season as the Honeybears push for a spot in the finals.