University of Gloucestershire’s Women’s Futsal grabbed UOG’s eighth point of Varsity 2022 off the back of a Lauren Phillips hat-trick as they beat University of Worcester Women’s Futsal in a 7-1 rout at Oxstalls Sports Arena.
The win brings the total Varsity score to 8-4 in UOG’s favour after Women’s Hockey’s 6-3 victory, and Tennis’ 5-1 victory earlier on today with Trampolining taking place later on.
UOG captain Ash Bristow-Matthews was delighted with the result and was happy to avenge Women’s Football’s loss on Friday.
“I’m ecstatic, especially since we’ve got redemption from Friday. This was our first ever Futsal Varsity match against Worcester so we’ve just made history, I’m so proud of every one of the girls!”
It was a quick start for the home team as UOG’s Phillips made it 1-0 after just 10 seconds of play following a lovely assist by Bristow-Matthews.
Phillips bagged her second of the game four minutes later, a hard strike past Worcester’s goalkeeper after a cross-court pass from Emily Petteford.
Tash Lelliott made it 3-0 after eight minutes of play as Petteford grabbed her second assist of the game, slotting it across the six-yard box for an easy tap-in.
After the break, it was more of the same – a slow start for Worcester again meant Jada George gave UOG their fourth. Worcester pulled one back but UOG immediately restored their four goal lead as Phillips powered home her third.
Defender Darcey Young made it 6-1 to UOG with an inspired run before the best goal of the afternoon came from Lelliott again – a rocket into the top-left corner from outside the D left the goalkeeper rooted.
After the game, co-managers Marc Peplow and Ben Ware gave their thoughts on the win and their side’s performance as a whole over the season.
“I’m so proud of everyone,” Peplow exclaimed. “We’ve had some tough times this season and the attitude from the players, despite the difficulties, has been great. They all deserve this.”
“This is probably the highlight of my life,” Ware added. “It’s taken me three tries to win one of these games and we’ve finally done it.”
UOG have a four point lead in Varsity 2022 with just six events left.