Nomads started the season brightly with an impressive opening 5 minutes forcing the opposition into a few saves and created 2 short corner opportunities.
Unfortunately for them the 2nd of which was well defending by the boys who used their pace and skill to counter attack quickly and despite the best efforts of the defence and keeper Nomads feel behind against the run of play.
This start set the scene for the rest of the 1st half, with Nomads having the better of possession and territory but looking vulnerable when the Dragons pushed forward.
Nomads drew level midway through the half with Steph Edge striking well from the top of the D to beat the Dragons keeper. However the lead lasted only a short time before a quick passing move by the boys broke through the Nomads Midfield and Defence to leave Bronte Kellett with no chance.
After a short break for half time the 2nd half was a complete reverse with the boys increasing pressure but Nomads regularly breaking on counter attacks as the heat took its toll.
Despite good strikes from the edge of the D by Lilly Wysmuller, Lisa Grant-Phillips and Janoun Dunleavy it took a moment of luck to bring Nomads level, with a deflection off a Nomads foot not spotted by the umpires drawing the side level. A short time later it took a fantastic diving save by Bronte Kellett to prevent the side falling behind again.
With stand-in Captain Janet Hall having to go off injured after a nasty fall it wasn't looking good for the team but they managed to find a goal after a good pass to Joni Gorman, despite a good 1st save she reacted fastest to put away the rebound for her 2nd goal.
Despite a tough final 10 minutes under pressure where Jess Watling made a number of saving tackles Nomads somehow held on to win.
While there are a number of areas to work at in training all players can be incredibly proud of their work rate which brought them back into the game.
In energy sapping heat, Nomads started well with an early goal from Olivia Besant in open play. This settled the team who grew into the game keeping shape and passing well before Olivia added a second although the shape was lost a little in the latter stages as the heat took its toll.
In the second half Nomads kept discipline and passed it nicely using width and with the rolling subs giving them a breather and the chance to try new positions Nomads added two further goals from their hardworking captain Emily Genee finishing the game 4:0 winners.
The 2s were in action against top of the table DB Falcons a team who have scored at least 4 goals in every game while conceding only a few. Last time out Nomads narrowly missed out on getting a point having come from behind to level the scores before conceding a late winner.
Similarly to the previous game it was Falcons who started best putting pressure on the Nomad defence who were tackling well but struggling to maintain possession. This led to Falcons taking the lead around 10 minutes in.
Slowly Nomads started to settle in and they slowly improved throughout the half.
The 2nd half was far more even with Nomads starting to create some chances and look to attack rather than defend. However this opened up more space on the pitch and they fell 2-0 behind after a counter attack. Despite this they continued to look dangerous and when Erin Moffett scored the game was in the balance.
In the end it was a further counter attack by Falcons which extended the score to 3-1, this ends the 2s Development league cycle. With the progress made in the last year and throughout this season so far we have a chance to win the Development cup in the New Year.
Similarly to the 2s game Nomads got off to a good start having the best of the territory in the opening 10 minutes. Some good runs and pressure on the defence by Joni Gorman also helped create a few short corners.
This initial pressure led to a number of shots and Nomads eventually taking the lead through a well struck effort by Lisa Grant-Phillips. This seemed to wake up Jersey Ladies and the game became very even with Nomads struggling to retain the ball but looking dangerous when getting the ball forward quickly.
Midway through the 1st half Jersey Ladies managed to scramble an equaliser and almost took the lead a short time later only for the goal to be disallowed due to a foul on the keeper.
The game continued to be competitive in the 2nd half with Nomads improving the passing through the midfield but struggling to create any clear chances in the opposition D and they fell behind to a well struck short corner.
Despite their best efforts Nomads could not create a clear opportunity to equalise and eventually lost 2-1.
Finally well done to Jess Watling and Lucy O'Connor in their 1st appearances for the 1s, we are seeing the benefit of this with the improvement in play and results for the 2s
It was a slow start for both teams, but the first half saw most of the play in Quackers half. Nomads made plenty of chances but the Quackers defence fought hard, eventually a true team effort between Lilly Wysmuller and Erin Moffett was finished by Emily Genee on the post.
Second half saw Nomads lose a player but they didn't let that phase them. Quackers fought for a goal with some great runs, breaking through Nomads midfield but Nomads had woken up and some great passing up the pitch saw the next goal from Moffett. Finally, Genee scored her second goal of the day from a deflection bringing the score to 3:0.
This continues Nomad's strong start to the season and if they can continue their good run of performances they are likely to achieve a record high points finish despite playing less games this season.
Emily Genee x2
With no teams from Guernsey travelling this year it was decided to make the CI tournament more fun and have each team play in fancy dress.
Nomads theme was Cops and Robbers and each match of the tournament started in a different way.
Due to illness and injury Nomads were missing a large amount of players but managed to get out a full side with help some of the young players from the 2nd XI
The 1st match started with a Zulu start, the video can be downloaded below.
with everyone also looking to have enjoyed themselves.
A number of pictures have been added to the gallery but if anyone else has some please pass them on so we can add more.
Finally the next training session is Wednesday 19th from 7:30-8:30
In a top of the table clash Nomads 2s took on a DB Falcons team who had yet to concede a goal in the division having played 2 games.
The match started at a frantic pace and Falcons soon took the lead with a well worked penalty corner and repeated it midway through the 1st half to extend the lead. However despite the scoreline Nomads had looked dangerous on the counter attack and had been unfortunate not to score themselves.
The half time break seemed to energise the Nomads side and led by Captain Sarah Mutimer tackled and intercepted the ball well and started the pressure the boys defence. Although struggling to get off shots a number of short corners were won and a well taken deflection goal by Emily Genee brought the score back to 2-1.
However with Nomads pushing for an equaliser the boys continued to look dangerous on the counter and a well worked attack extended the score to 3-1, Emily Genee then struck with a 2nd goal a well struck effort from near the top of the D to give Nomads hope once more. But 1 further goal for Falcons decided the game.
Despite the defeat alot of positives can be taken for the young Nomads side against a boys team who had previously not been challenged. With passing and movement improving each game and players learning their position results should continue to improve throughout the season.
Following on from the 2nd team victory Nomads 1st's also played Jersey Ladies helped by a few 2nd team players with some 1st team regulars unavailable.
The game started with some early pressure for Jersey Ladies, as the new Nomads centre midfield partnership took some time to gel but Nomads continued to look dangerous on the break through the pace of Joni Gorman and Abbie Le Marquand. One such break eventually lead to a 3rd goal of the season for Joni scoring from a rebound.
Despite some chances spirited Nomads defence kept it to 1-0 at the break.
With a difficulty finding the same pace on the ball at Claremont and both teams playing in congested areas the match became increasingly scrappy at the beginning of the 2nd half with Jersey Ladies generally controlling the territory.
Despite a number of chances they could not quite find a goal and as both teams tired Nomads started to find some extra space and increase the pressure on the Jersey Ladies defence. With less than 10 minutes remaining a short corner was well converted by Steph Edge and despite a consolation goal from a penalty corner with less than 2 minutes remaining Nomads held on for the victory.
After 2 good results to start the season the 2nd team had a match in the sun at Claremont looking to continue their good form.
Unfortunately a slow start not helped by the pitch pulled it into a scrappy match and players started to wander from their positions and our ability to pass suffered. However despite this the finishing that was lacking in previous game was clear as we raced to a 3-0 lead at half time.
In the 2nd half the passing play was generally much improved, however poor decision making further up the pitch meant that we created far less chances than we should. A goal around 10 minutes into the 2nd half for Jersey Ladies threatened a comeback but a goal for Ella Brennand via a Jersey Ladies foot moved it to 4-1 to settle any nerves.
After this result Nomads are currently top of the 2nd division but will look for an improved team performance next week.
In a rare Saturday game in the Jersey Ladies Division 1 Nomads played RWB having got off to a winning start on the previous weekend.
With a number of players unavailable Nomads again called up some promising young players from the 2nd XI to help fill the gaps. As often happens in matches between these 2 the game had a scrappy start with both teams competing strongly in midfield. Although RWB had the better of the territory good defending by Nomads limited the chances created.
A short time later Nomads almost took the lead when some good passing gave a chance to Lisa Grant-Phillips who shot just wide. Unfortunately this was followed a short time later by a RWB counter attack where a composed finish gave them the lead.
The 2nd half started with a similar way although Nomads slowly began to stretch the game and increase the pressure on the RWB defence. This started to create turnovers in dangerous positions and helped Nomads to equalise with Joni Gorman getting a well timed deflection.
However with less than 10 minutes remaining RWB regained the lead after a short corner broke down and could not be cleared. Nomads almost managed to steal a point when a well struck effort was somehow saved by the stand-in RWB keeper.
Despite the result Nomads can be proud of their performance in a tough game, 13 year old Lilly Wysmuller doing well in an unfamiliar role at right back where her positioning and anticipation stood out. With players to return and the juniors showing their ability to step up everything looks to be in place for a good season.
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