Cow Bells ringing but England still winning
Today the England women, currently 4th on the world stage, were to face the Swiss national side, a true developing nation enjoying their first international tournament, today’s match marking just their 3rd full international.
Despite the gulf in experience between the two sides from an England point of view there were still plenty of tests ahead with success not being judged on the result alone, but on the teams ability to stick to the game plan as laid out by coach Butt- a set of conditions designed to test players skills, discipline and tactical implementation. To add to the test both goalkeepers were playing on the field, leaving both volunteers, Merrifield and Lynch, along with the entire defensive unit an extra challenge to contend with.
England showed their class dominating the possession and capitalizing on 13 of the 27 shots in the first half. England would hope for a higher conversation rate, a aim in the second half. Switzerland fought hard finding a way through the England defense on five occasions, resulting in two goals and two saves from Merrifield in the cage.
The team responded well with the tactical changes at half time and managed a further 10 goals in the second half and limited the Swiss to just one shot in the half, a nice save from Lynch.
The match was a total team effort with over half the goals coming from assists. Special mentions must also go to Wimpenny for six draw controls and four goals, and regular keeper Gaunt who scored a powerful low shot off a free position in the closing minutes of the match.
Team England hope to build on the positives of today’s performance when facing Germany tomorrow.