StACY threatened to run a way with the tie, and Bedwell looked relieved to be only 2 down at the break.
A change in tactics saw a different 2nd half. Bedwell took the shackles off and committed more players in attack. St Albans failed to settle with Bedwell looking more and more dangerous. Their endeavour was rewarded with a classy finish from just inside the area- 2-1.
For 20 minutes Bedwell continued to press in search of an equaliser. Despite the pressure, Bedwell struggled to create a clear cut chance, and some dogged defending kept the advantage with St Albans.
The game, however, was put beyond doubt, when Molly Johnson picked the ball up just inside the Bedwell half, broke forward and delivered a beautifully weighted pass into the path of a clean through Lauren Walker - who made no mistake one on one with the keeper. Cool finish 3-1.
An excellent contest, with quality football from both sides, all played in good spirit.
Sibo made some fine saves. Sophie, Woody, & Phoebe marshalled the back line throughout –under great pressure at times. Lauren Standing was strong as ever, and linked well with attack particularly in the first half. Hannah Coote made good use of the large pitch with her runs down the left, as well as getting back and assisting in defence. Ellie and Fran made brief but valuable appearances in the second half.
Well done to all the girls, it was a brilliant day, and an experience they will cherish I’m sure. Everyone has made a contribution to winning the trophy, so all should feel proud of their winners medal. Report by Chris Johnson