PERRY NORTHEAST’s England Ladies Beach Soccer side ran giants Switzerland close before being edged out 6-4 in an exciting match.
It was a good sign of progress for the national side who are determined to make strides as a group.
Technically, we have improved lots. Tactically, we have still got to keep learningPerry Northeast
Hosts Switzerland are recognised as one of the top ladies’ beach soccer sides in the world – arguably the best.
They prioritise the sport and as a result have recorded many impressive results, including recently winning 5-1 away to Portugal.
But Northeast’s England side showed they are getting closer and closer to the standards set by the Swiss.
Pompey Ladies midfielder Molly Clark scored twice for the England side and her club-mate Lucy Quinn netted her first international goal.
Chichester City’s Kally Ambler was also on the scoresheet for England.
The team were disappointed not to take the scalp of their hosts after giving away a few sloppy goals but it was a very positive trip overall.
Northeast said: ‘We did want to go out there and win the game against the best team in the world – that was my aim.
‘It was disappointing that we didn’t do that but we did narrow the margin even further. It was a very valuable trip.
‘We were never in front but we never let them get too far away from us. It was close throughout the game.
‘Technically, we have improved lots. Tactically, we have still got to keep learning.’
Northeast, who has played beach soccer for the England men’s team, was impressed with the goals from his side.
He feels they have a bit to work on defensively to ensure they can make up more ground on the sand.
‘We were probably one defensive-minded player short of getting a result out there,’ said Northeast.
‘I was impressed with the goals we scored.
‘Molly Clark hit two great first-time finishes.
‘Lucy got a great goal and Kally scored with a nice composed finish.
‘The Swiss scored a couple of great goals but we conceded a couple of sloppy ones as well.’
The squad for the trip to Switzerland included Pompey contingent Sadie Blakely, Sarah Kempson, Clark, Gemma Hillier and Quinn.
Chichester City trio Jenna Fowlie, Ambler and Emma Alexandre were also selected, along with former Pompey Ladies keeper Roxy Roberts.
Meanwhile, Pompey Ladies return to action on the grass on Sunday with an FA Premier League Cup tie.
Northeast’s side travel to south west division one outfit Keynsham in the determining round.