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With the Premier League clubs continuing their festive break it was the Combination, Regional and County League teams who were left to see in the New Year with scheduled League and catch up Cup encounters.
Two weeks of freezing weather meant that only a tiny number were able to take to the pitch to shake off any festive excesses, at grounds where the pitch layout allowed the sun to cut into the frost. One such ground was the Redding Way home of Knaphill Ladies FC who were able to stage their Surrey County League encounter against Bedfont Sports.
The hosts are in their first ever season of senior football and are dominating the eight team league, running up a succession of double figure victories in both league and County Cup. The Woking-based Lady Knappers took full advantage of a depleted Bedfont Sports to go top of the League with a 17-0 victory.
Bedfont had only eight players who gave all they could to stem the flow of attacks and had no luck with deflections as the goals piled up. Clinical finishing by Kerrie Allen, who notched up a double hat-trick in the first half hour, meant that the visitors were left to limit the damage as the match went on. Bedfont evolved an effective offside trap on the halfway line with their stand-in keeper performing heroics as a sweeper and actually managed to mount a number of effective attacks by leaving the rest of the team up front!
However, the tactic could not keep a mobile and clever Knaphill team at bay for long and Allen and colleagues continued to build on a double figure half time lead The final whistle was blown with the team tally having reached seventeen and Allen's personal total on twelve.
Both teams had approached the match with a commendable attitude and respect for their opponents, despite the wide margin of victory for the hosts who ran up their highest score of a prolific season. Knaphill have an exciting County Cup quarter final scheduled on the 17th January against near neighbours Westfield Ladies, formerly Bisley Ladies, with the possibility of the winners meeting Chelsea in the semi final. They have a 100 per cent record in the League as they go into 2010 seeking promotion to Step 5 of the Pyramid with a talented group of players.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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