RAF Ladies Thrash Telford United 5-0

The RAF Ladies team have ended their 2020 football season with a stunning 5-0 win over AFC Telford United Ladies.

Goals from Rachel Griffiths, Rachel Howes, Rebecca Wadelin, Cat Beaver and Chelsea Ainsley-Anyan saw the Air Force cruise to victory.

The game at RAF Cosford turned out to be the RAF's Remembrance match as the latest COVID-19 regulations brought an end to the military football season.

The match on Wednesday evening was the night before England went into a second national lockdown, meaning the RAF Ladies were the first team to play after the first lockdown and the last team to play before the second.

RAF manager Chief Technician James Brydon was only allowed to pick RAF players from Tier 1 coronavirus areas and was limited to a squad of just 14.

Despite that, it was the Air Force who started better, taking the lead after 30 minutes when Beaver slid the ball through for Griffiths to score.

Just before the half-time break, they had a second goal as Harriet Wellings' great cross from the right deceived Telford goalkeeper Mollie Hill, leaving Howes to tap home.

Rachel Howes claimed a goal on the line after Mollie Hill's mistake.
Rachel Howes claimed a goal on the line after Mollie Hill's mistake.

At the interval, the RAF were cruising and continued to dominate in the second half.

Wadelin caught the goalkeeper off her line with a lofted strike to make it 3-0 – a reward for her good performance in midfield.

From there, the Air Force continued to pile on the pressure. 

Zara McIntosh, who scored the winner against the Army in March, came off the bench and was fouled on the edge of the area.

That allowed RAF captain Beaver to step up and score the free-kick to make it 4-0.

Things then went from bad to worse for Telford as Ainsley-Anyan, a late inclusion in the RAF squad after only arriving back in the country as part of a trooper crew earlier in the morning, got her name on the scoresheet in the final few minutes.

The final score was 5-0 and the RAF looked full of confidence for when Inter Services fixtures do eventually return.