Extra-time defeat in league cup for Ladies

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Alfreton Ladies have started life in the East Midlands Regional League with two losses and one win from their first three games after gaining promotion at the end of last season.

At the weekend, they played in the League Cup against Long Eaton.

Long Eaton, who play in the Premier Division, started well but Alfreton matched them in all departments.

This made it a very tight game in the early stages with both teams trying to gain the upper hand.

This came in the 34th minute when a ball played into the Alfreton box from the left was not dealt with and it ended up in the back of Alfreton net.

The game stayed tight up to half time with Long Eaton going in 1-0 up.

The second half started with both teams upping their game but, with some stout defending from Alfreton, they kept Long Eaton restricted to long range shots while probing for an equaliser themselves at the other end.

This came on the 80th minute with a free kick from 25 yards which Barnett placed over the goalkeeper to make the score 1-1.

As the game went on, Long Eaton were awarded a penalty with only minutes to go to full time.

As a Long Eaton player took the spot kick, Alfreton goalkeeper Wadsworth kept her nerve and made a good save.

This took the game in to extra time.

The first half of extra time saw both teams going for the winner.

This came for Long Eaton with a corner which Alfreton were slow to react to.

When the ball came back off the post it was turned into the net by the opposition, giving Long Eaton the lead and making the score 2-1.

As the second half of extra time kicked off, it was apparent that a lot of players were suffering with knocks and cramp.

But no matter how hard Alfreton tried to come back, the ball would not fall for them.

As a result, at the end of a good performance by the team, they went out of the League Cup, despite putting in a valiant effort and pushing Long Eaton all the way.