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RAF Ladies Manager Praises Players After 5-0 Win

A stunning victory over AFC Telford United Ladies came just before the lockdown put an end to the RAF Ladies' season.

RAF Ladies manager Chief Technician Jim Brydon was full of praise for his players after their 5-0 win over AFC Telford United Ladies.

The match was played at RAF Cosford just before the second national lockdown in England.

The win over the West Midlands-based outfit was supposed to be the perfect preparation for the Inter Services clash with the Navy but that tournament has been cancelled due to the new restrictions.

The match was Chf Tech Brydon's third in charge and came after a loss to Swindon and a win over Wolves.

He said: "We've gone from a defeat but with some of the right messages coming out to our second game against Wolves which was a real tight game.

"Again, building on that today and, I think, against a good, young Telford side who are top of their league, which is a tier five league, I think in the second half, we took control.

"That’s a real testament to the players."

Before the match, both teams held a minute's silence ahead of Remembrance.

Corporal Jo Belgrau, who is back in the RAF football fold after playing rugby for her service for many years, was impressed with the side she has come back to.

She said: "I was really impressed with everyone’s performance. It’s my first game – I’ve not played for over seven years so it was a good introduction back to football.

"I’ve come from rugby so I’ve gone from throwing to kicking, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s good to get back to it."

Meanwhile, Corporal Rachel Howes claimed a goal against Telford but it was a close call on the goal line.

She said: "It wasn’t quite over the line and I stuck my foot on it and stuck it in the back of the net.

"Yeah, I stole it basically. I’m claiming the goal! 

"It meant a lot being able to still play this game tonight. Like you say, we’re now the only team that has managed to play a Remembrance game.

"Next week was supposed to be a UKAF fixture which has now been called off and we were due to play a match against the Chelsea team on Remembrance Day.

"It meant a lot more now that we can’t play them, to be able to play this fixture tonight, and being able to represent the services in a Remembrance game."