The underdogs of AFC Unity finally gained a win over rivals Rotherham United Development, with a 3-1 victory that puts them second in Division 3.
After a 1-1 draw, and then a 3-0 loss to Rotherham previously in the campaign, AFC Unity battled against their top quality rivals to gain only their second home win this season.
“I’m very proud,” said AFC Unity manager Jay Baker. “We played our game well, and even when they equalised to send us into half time at 1-1, we never stopped believing, and stuck to the plan.”
“It showed just how good this team is and it was definitely the best performance to date,” said coach Olivia Murray. “We played some beautiful passing football, and focused on maintaining possession, and it really paid off – everyone gave one hundred percent and it was awesome to watch.”
“It’s very satisfying,” Baker added, “because teams don’t come much tougher than Rotherham; they’ve played some strong football themselves this season, especially for such a youthful team wiser than their years, and it makes the win so much more rewarding to beat a side of their calibre.”
All three AFC Unity goals came from Nathalie Silver: “We thought she’d have to leave the club due to moving away,” Baker pointed out, “but somehow she’s made a couple of more games, and that’s fine – she jokingly calls it the longest goodbye!”