Tigers lose close battle

After a long break from Sunday football caused by weather it was good for Leicester City Ladies Tigers to finally get some game time when they kick off against a strong Stretton Swifts team who had the advantage of having a game the previous week and for some of their team the previous day.
This match sharpness told in the opening moments of the game and Stretton Swifts forced a series of corners, Fran made a assured start to the game but was forced to leave the pitch with a leg injury and was unable to return.
Fifteen minutes in to the game Laura opened the scoring with an excellent long range lob that gave the Stretton Swifts keeper little chance.
The game continued to flow up and down the pitch with good battles all over the pitch, Kim typified this first losing the ball in a tackle chasing back to win it again and launch an attack.
Leicester City Ladies Tigers made full use of the bench trying different combinations to open up the solid Stretton Swifts defence, Louise went close with a fine individual run while Rhea saw a accurate shot well blocked and Lacy battle hard to win possession in midfield.
In defence Shannon, Mica and Lauren all worked hard to limit goal scoring chances, Jasmin making her debut for Leicester City Ladies Tigers grew in confidence as the game progressed.
Stretton Swifts greater match fitness and sharpness told in the second half, after ten minutes of the they levelled the game with an accurate passing move.
Beth in the Leicester City Ladies Tigers game made a couple of brave stops to keep the scores level.
Laura went close to regaining the lead for Leicester City Ladies Tigers but Stretton Swift snatched the winner when a tiring Tigers midfield failed to chase back and an out numbered defence were again beaten by some good passing.
This was a very tough game after such a long lay off from both training and matches but to their credit they girls never gave up, they will nurse their bruises and come back stronger next week.
Laura picked up parents player of the match.
Team: Beth, Lauren, Fran, Lacy, Laura, Rhea, Kim, Shannon, Jasmin, Louise and Mica.