AFC Basildon 2-0 Leyton Orient Women
Report courtesy of Jason Clogg
AFC Basildon came into Sunday’s home game on the back of a 100% record in 2020. They faced an Orient side who were buoyed by a 3-2 win over Stevenage in their last league outing and looking to complete the double having beaten Basildon in the corresponding fixture in September.
The weather took the early honours, with a heavy downpour dampening the creativity of both teams. The game was pretty even for the first 20 minutes, with both teams struggling to breakdown opposition defences. Basildon had the best of the possession, but Orient put a chance with a header over the bar, and the first half ended goalless.
The start of the second half saw Basildon start to take more control of the game, and on 50 minutes, Kelly Wealthall had a goal chalked off for offside after good work from Holly Turner. However, in the 64th minute, Basildon broke the deadlock. A dangerous in-swinging free-kick caused panic in the defence and was eventually turned into the Orient goal by an unfortunate defender attempting to knock it clear.
This visibly lifted the Basildon team and a combination of increasing confidence and Orient’s desire to get back into the game led to a series of chances with only the keeper and the post preventing the hosts from increasing their lead. Their good play was rewarded in the 78th minute when Turner drove into the box and slipped the ball past the keeper from a tight angle to double their lead.
Basildon were then able to control possession for the remainder of the game, with Orient just having one chance late on when the ball was headed wide from a corner.
AFC Basildon return to action on Sunday, March 22 when they travel to Cambridge United.