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Ladies & Girls

Ladies and Girls weekly round up (23)
Posted by Debbie Mosley
Mar 13, 2017, 22:51

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Cambridge City 4 : 1 Colney Heath

Cambridge City came out on top in their clash with joint leaders Colney Heath with an impressive 4-1 victory. The Lilywhites raced into a three nil lead by half-time with some impressive attacking play which stretched the Colney Heath defence. Bella Simmons continued her rich vein of scoring when she bagged the first with a close range effort after Charlotte Gillies outpaced her defender and crossed for Simmons to slot home. An unlikely scorer doubled the lead soon after when Becca Fay stepped up from the back to hit a right foot shot high in to the net from a Gillies corner. Player of the match Gillies (as voted by the opposition) was then on hand to fire City further ahead when she raced through on goal before calmly side footing past the advancing keeper.

The second half was more even with the teams sharing a goal each; Simmons scoring again with a fine low shot to make it four nil to the home side before Colney scored a consolation with almost the last kick of the game after City failed to clear from a ball into the box.

This result leaves City three points clear at the top of the Eastern Region Women's Football League (Division 1) with four games in hand over their closest rivals.


Development

Rachel Littleword takes on a Fulbourn defender


Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds 0 : 4 Cambridge City Development

City made the short trip to Fulbourn in the hope of increasing their lead at the top of the Women's S-Tech Championship South League. They duly completed their objective and came away with a comfortable win and all three points thanks to goals from Erin Fox, Kayleigh Whitehead, Tegan Wyman and Ellie Geoghan.


Under 15s

Riverside Rovers 0 : 11 Cambridge City

The under 15s made the trip north to face Riverside Rovers in Peterborough. Due to various circumstances, City were down to a bare nine players - but at least that meant that all the girls got a full match. The visitors were on top right from the off and played some good possession football against a spirited Rovers side. By half time they were three up. With a few tactical changes, the second half brought the Lilywhites another eight goals which included a quick fire double hat trick from Captain Ceri Flye. The goal scorers were: Katie Stancombe x 2, Saskia Baillie, Eve Rose, Yas Abbioui, Ceri Flye x 6. The Player of the Match was awarded to Yas Abbioui.


Under 14s

Katie Prior in action against Milton


Milton 0 : 9 Cambridge City

Finally, the under 14s got to play their second game of 2017, away at Milton and they didnít disappoint. Milton, with their new facilities and large squad, offered City the opportunity to play 11 a side which made the return of playing league fixtures even more exciting. Although the game was fairly even for the first 15-20 minutes, with all the players adjusting well to the bigger pitch and clearly enjoying playing alongside more of their team mates, it was Rose Hastings and Abby Beckett who soon started to dominate in the middle of the park allowing City to control the possession and attack with intent. After a few good chances, Annabel Cuthbert opened the scoring with an assist from Grace Muffett. Muffett proved to be the difference, holding up the ball and continuously finding the next City player splitting open the Milton defence. Annabel Cuthbert quickly scored her hat trick followed by a long and powerful strike from Rose Hastings to get her first goal of the season. The goals continued after half time with Freya Standing scoring within a minute of the kick off and Rose Hastings got her second of the game with a similar strike to her first. Cerys Want opened her goal tally for the season by scoring the second hat trick of the game which included a brave but impressive header at the front post. City kept their shape very well with Sally Phelps communicating well from her goal, encouraging the team to push forward with her strong distribution and the back four worked hard as a unit which allowed City to keep a clean sheet. Muffett received the Player of the Match award for her continuous hard work off of the ball, controlling the game high up the pitch and assisting the opening five of the nine goals. Credit to Milton who never gave up, were still smiling at the end and for providing the opportunity for this fixture to be an 11 v 11 game to allow as many girls to play for as long as possible.


Under 12s

Cambridge City 9 : 1 March Athletic

March Athletic arrived at Netherhall with 2nd position in the league up for grabs. The visitors were in 2nd position with City immediately behind, so this was probably the match of the day in the under 12 League.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they came up against a very determined and strong City team who put on their best display of the season. Right from the start, City were on the attack, with Bella Ely and Maddie Shanks showing attacking threat on both wings. City have looked strong defensively these past few weeks, with Hollie Sartini showing real strength in the tackle and looking a very composed player. With Millie Struthers alongside her, they looked a formidable duo and Lauren Greaves also provided pace in defence as well. It was the introduction of Emma Jepsen that proved the turning point in the game as she started to find space in wide positions and quickly scored a hat-trick, one of the goals with her left foot. City Player of the Match Tiana Walker was now proving to be a constant menace to the March defence with her probing runs and long range shooting. She added a brace of goals as did Maddie Shanks. Milly Clarke provided the backbone in midfield but was still able to get forward to score a well taken goal. Bella Ely also scored a well deserved goal to complete the scoring. March kept going right to the end and a swift attack led to a consolation goal that they fully deserved.

City have now overtaken March Athletic into 2nd position and with such a strong competitive league, are still hopeful that they can overtake Coton, who have a number of difficult games remaining, and win the league. Hopefully the League will still be in contention when Coton and City meet in the last game of the season.


March Park Rangers (MPR) 2 : 9 Cambridge City
(Saturday March 4th match report)

City travelled into the Fens to take on MPR who have had some good results lately. In fact early on in the game, March looked the better side although, against the run of play, City had managed to take an early lead through Rosie Mead making her debut for the under 12s after strong performances for City under 11s. March equalised just before half time and then a few minutes into the second half took a deserved lead. This jolted City into life and Tiana Walker and Rosie Mead stepped up their efforts. Tiana scored 4 goals and Rosie added to her tally with a fine well taken hat trick. Maddie Shanks and Bella Ely also added to the scoreline to make the final score MPR 2 v City 9. City were able to travel back home through the Fens with a comfortable win in the end but MPR made them fight all the way and should be proud of their efforts and performance. The MPR goalkeeper and striker were both outstanding. An unsung hero in the City defence - Hollie Sartini - was named Player of the Match for City for her defensive efforts and consistent performance.


Under 11s

Blacks

Haddenham v Cambridge City Blacks

A very competitive game, divided into 4 x 15 minute quarters and playing 8-a-side, stretched our resources to the limit. However, Tilly was an excellent deputy for the absent Kitty in goal and duly kept a clean sheet. Lotti was exceptional, covering just about every blade of grass. Erin scored twice and Amelia performed well, stepping up from the under 10s to make her under 11s debut. Great performance girls, well done.


Whites

Cambridge City Whites 3 : 0 Plantation Spartak Girls

The Whites played host to Saffron Walden team PSG on Saturday morning in the semi-final of the league cup. A three nil victory, thanks to some lovely passing football from the entire team and goals from Ruby (2) and Eve, means that the girls can now look forward to a cup final against Peterborough side Netherton United who booked their place in the final courtesy of a penalty shoot out victory against Royston Town.


Under 10s

Histon v Cambridge City

Although we cannot reveal the score, we can report that City under U10s put in a very good performance despite missing a number of players. Kia Arnold made her debut and looked assured in midfield and Tilly Want continued her road back to fitness after a long lay off through illness. Both girls were given 'Player of the Match'


Note: We are encouraged by the FA not to overly publicise final scores of league matches for under 11, under 10 and under 9 teams.

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