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Women's Football / Re: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3 - match report
« on: November 09, 2009, 08:00:39 AM »
From what I understand Beattie scored only two and set one up for Lander who scored a back post header  ???
I believe it was 2 goals to beattie and 1 to lander.  

Thank you guys!

That's what my notes said, but both the BBC and Fair Game gave it as a Beattie hat-trick. As Tony Leighton tends to ring Faye White for the details, I thought I must have been wrong and mixed the two up in the celebration melee.  Must trust my instincts in future.

I've changed the report at the top now.

Women's Football / Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3 - match report
« on: November 08, 2009, 11:03:49 PM »
OK, the paper's shut and my MySpace page is playing up, so until the local paper publishes this on their website, here's today's match report in full. Apologies for the bandwidth, David.

Once published, the weblink will replace this report. Actually, that's pointless really, but just in case anyone wants to see it in situ, it's up at:


Chelsea suffered stoppage-time heartbreak as Arsenal fought back from two goals behind to sink the Blues 3-2 at Imber Court on Sunday.

Lianne Sanderson opened the scoring for the hosts with just 16 seconds on the clock and Leanne Champ added a superb second nine minutes later.

Arsenal sub Jennifer Beattie reduced the arrears just after the restart, and after Helen Lander levelled proceedings midway through the half, Beattie broke Chelsea hearts with a 95th minute winner.

New Chelsea boss Matt Beard said: “I’m gutted we got beat after having such a good start.

“We were confident at half-time,” he added, “But I’m disappointed at the manner of the goals we conceded.

“We’ve got to regroup and now we’ve got a big game next weekend to keep the season alive.”

Most spectators were still settling into their seats when Chelsea stunned the visitors from the whistle.

Emma Whitter was sent away into the Arsenal box and as her dummy shot fooled the Gunners rearguard, Sanderson fired her precise pass into the net to give the Blues the perfect start.

Chelsea were in fantasyland shortly after. Claire Rafferty’s cross was only headed out as far as Champ and she struck a glorious 20-yard shot beyond Emma Byrne and into the top right hand corner.

The Gunners, however, have spent years expecting to win and Champ had to be equally adept at the other end when she headed Rachel Yankey’s corner off the line after it eluded Blues’ keeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

Gemma Davidson then side-footed wide from close range as Arsenal rallied.

As the breakneck speed continued, Sanderson blazed over following a poor clearance from Ciara Grant, and Byrne showed the Gunners’ disquiet as she verbally ripped into her defence.

As the minutes ticked down, Arsenal pushed up. Yankey tormented the Chelsea defence with a surging run and only the combined efforts of Eartha Pond and Dunia Susi stopped her from getting her shot away.

Katie Chapman then rattled the post after Casey Stoney’s poor header fell to the England star, before Corinne Yorston also hit the woodwork with a thundering drive which left Chamberlain’s crossbar vibrating.

Two incidents then tipped the balance firmly in the Gunners’ favour.

New Arsenal boss, Tony Gervaise, sent on Beattie for Davidson and then with a minute of the half remaining, Chapman was only yellow-carded for what looked like a stamp on Sanderson.

The let-off galvanised Arsenal and they pulled one back four minutes after the restart.

A fine interchange between Kim Little and Beattie gave Jayne Ludlow the space to deliver the ball to the far post where the towering Beattie headed home.

Little then turned Stoney and only a superb save by Chamberlain prevented the Gunners from equalising.

As Chelsea tried to hit back, Rafferty was inches away from connecting with Susi’s teasing ball into the box, but inevitably, it was the visitors who got the vital fourth goal.

Yankey danced past four Chelsea players and when a desperate Blues foot pushed the ball out to Beattie, her cross was clinically converted by Lander.

With the match finely balanced, Sanderson came within a whisker of regaining the lead for Chelsea, when she volleyed Pond’s pinpoint cross goalwards, only to be denied by an amazing close-range reaction stop by Byrne.

In a farcical last fifteen minutes, the referee limped off and with the assessor already called into action following the non-appearance of a linesman, a spectator took over running the line, and it was in time added on for the change when Arsenal netted their winner.  

Chelsea’s Danni Buet and Arsenal’s Little had already both seen efforts miss the target in the last five minutes of normal time, but with just seconds remaining in the fifth minute of time added on, Chelsea switched off at a corner and Beattie completed a stunning comeback for the visitors when the Scottish international scored at the near post.

Byrne showed what it meant to the Gunners as she raced to the halfway line to join in the celebrations as the visitors showed once again why they will be the team to beat this campaign.

Beard, however, was still upbeat after the match. “My ambition is to compete to win the league title,’ he said. “I’d like to go to Everton next week and win there, and go to Arsenal and win there.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do that. We’ve shown today we can compete with them.”  

Chelsea: Chamberlain, Perry, Rafferty, Stoney, Davies, Susi, Buet, Sanderson, Pond (Kempson 86), Whitter, Champ.

Subs not used: Morphitis, Hills, Cooper, Jane.

Women's Football / Re: Hope Powell for Grimsby Town mens team?
« on: October 27, 2009, 11:05:38 AM »
I once saw Echobelly live - not too fond I'm afraid. But - I'm going off topic again  ::)

To conitnue off-topic. I loved the first album, but confess I was less than impressed with the second.

However, Sonya does a superb stripped-down version of 'Atom' here:

Women's Football / Re: Hope Powell for Grimsby Town mens team?
« on: October 25, 2009, 02:11:34 PM »
Or Master Bates even....that was an actual charracter in Captain Pugwash weird but true..

I'm afraid that's an urban myth Dr G.  Neither was there a Seaman Staines or Roger the cabin boy. The somewhat dopey mate character was called Master Mate. Still, you can see how the rumour got around...

Plus, that's an interesting banner pic you have with your posts. Echobelly, if I'm not mistaken, with the superbly talented - and under-appreciated - Sonya Madan. My ipod is riddled with Echobelly tracks.

Women's Football / Re: Hope Powell for Grimsby Town mens team?
« on: October 21, 2009, 06:46:29 PM »
Grimsby are saying it's 'speculation,' but interestingly haven't gone on record as dismissing it.

If it was to happen, no doubt we can all look forward to repeats of Cherie Lunghi's 'The Manageress.'

Women's Football / Re: Chelsea vs Sunderland
« on: October 11, 2009, 11:03:52 AM »
Yep. Shij (and Pat) are right.

Pete Steward has confirmed this is a 1pm ko.

Ignore the BBC and Chelsea websites that have this as a 2pm start.

The draw is in for the Premier League Cup Quarter-Final.

Leeds Carnegie v Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea v Bristol Academy/Reading
Arsenal v Keynsham Town
Everton v Doncaster Rovers Belles

Ties are to be played on Sunday, November 1st 2009.

Source: Fair Game

If the ties go to form, there'll be a couple of cracking semis.

England Cup Competitions / Re: The FA Premier League Cup
« on: September 14, 2009, 09:49:16 PM »
Got a bit surprised Chelsea let 2 goals in just wondered if the England girls were rested ?

I wasn't there, but I would be surprised if the England contingent played. The fact that Emma Whitter scored four and Dunia Susi the other two, suggests Lianne certainly wasn't on the pitch.

England Cup Competitions / Re: The FA Premier League Cup
« on: September 13, 2009, 06:56:47 PM »
My bet is England coming home on the 3rd/4th of September and France 3 days later  ;)

This explains why you haven't won the lottery!

(I know Footiechick mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating)  ;)

England International Football / Re: England to face Germany in final
« on: September 08, 2009, 07:18:41 PM »
Would that be you saying "Deutschland, Deutschland" on Facebook then, shij?

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer... ;)

Shame it took a final to shake the BBC out of their stupor.

I am.

I was praying it wouldn't go to penalties - and not just because it's manic updating them on the site!

I was yelling in the office when Jill scored. Good job there's no audio on the website!  :)

Oh man!  England love to put their fans through the wringer!  Get in there, Jill!

England line-up v Holland:

1 Rachel Brown, 2 Alex Scott, 3 Casey Stoney, 4 Fara Williams, 5 Lindsay Johnson, 6 Anita Asante, 8 Katie Chapman, 9 Eniola Aluko, 10 Kelly Smith, 11 Sue Smith, 21 Jessica Clarke.

In fakt, Im doeing it, so pleese allow mee the odd speling misteak. It can get pritty hektic!

 :D  Sorry Ian - couldn't resist it  ;D

Thanks for making me feel a WHOLE let better twmcat!  

Trouble is, that sometimes happens to me. You're trying to listen, watch, enter information on two separate databases, and check facts at the same time.

It's not uncommon to get a couple of unkind comments in Eurosport's free-to-all comments section - often contributed to by the damned.

God knows how long it's going to take me to master Annemieke Kiesel-Griffoen or Anouk Hoogendijk.

For those who can't get a stream or Eurosport, Eurosport will be doing a live minute-by-minute update on Sunday. Their web page is at

In fact, I'm doing it, so please allow me the odd spelling mistake. It can get pretty hectic!

Women's Football / Re: Chelsea 09/10
« on: August 28, 2009, 11:00:13 AM »
georgina giddings has gone to the usa at uni according to one of the player on the pic

That's interesting. So no Georgie or Vicky this season.

Looked like both would feature in the first XI this season. Shame to lose two of the reserves who showed such promise last campaign.

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