Charlotte Crisp urges Cambridge United Women to use Kent Football United win as blueprint for the season
Charlotte Crisp believes that Cambridge United have set their standards for the remainder of the season with a 2-0 win over Kent Football United in the FA Women’s National League, Division One South East last Sunday.
The U’s had faced a difficult few weeks since their 4-1 victory over Norwich City on the opening day of the campaign in September and recent heavy defeats against table-toppers Ipswich Town and Billericay Town in the FA Cup meant their early-season optimism was starting to wane.
“Us girls and the all management staff knew that it was important that we put in not just a performance, but we proved we are a good team and need to be considered in this league,” said U’s midfielder Crisp.
“I think after the Norwich game we may have got a bit too ahead of ourselves. We did everything well but we now know this is the standard we’ve set.”
The opening half an hour proved very competitive despite little goalmouth action. But the game turned on its head in seven minutes.
Amber Cantwell glided past two Kent players and into the penalty area, before being abruptly stopped in her tracks by a third – the referee pointed to the spot.
Sam Khan stepped up and slotted the penalty home on 31 minutes.
The pair were involved again to help United double their advantage. Cantwell’s cross from the left wing was flicked on at the near post by Khan to make it 2-0 with eight minutes until the interval.
Emotions frayed in the second half with Kent growing frustrated and the U’s desperate for the win. A late red card was brandished to Kent’s Charley MacNeil as the match finished 2-0.
United now sit sixth in the table on seven points but manager Ben Yeomans has vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
“It was a very professional performance – we defended well, we got our bodies in front of the ball, we had desire, we got to the second balls first,” said Yeomans.
“I’m the first one to praise them (the girls) when they do well but I’m the first one to do the opposite.
“It’s something I need to challenge myself on being a little bit more level headed.
“The runs and the points will be by-products of good performances, so that’s all we’re going to focus on.”
Grace Stanley scored twice for Cambridge City as they clinched their first win of the season by beating Stevenage 4-1.
The Lilywhites fell behind in the first 10 minutes, but they went on to produce a good performance.
Player-of-the-match Stanley grabbed a brace, including a penalty, to make it 2-1 at half time.
Charlotte Gillies made it 3-1 midway through the second half, and Amie Fullwood completed the victory, with Kayla Kret making an impression on her league debut in City’s defence.