|Ladies & Girls
Stevenage Ladies Reserves 1 : 3 Cambridge City Ladies
Having been crowned league champions last weekend, Cambridge City looked to put the midweek disappointment of the Cambs Invitation Cup Final behind them when they travelled to Stevenage Reserves for more league action.
With four league games still to play and another league cup final to look forward to, the Lilywhites were aiming to increase their impressive points haul and maintain their momentum as the season draws to a close. With a full squad to choose from, City started the game well and tried to pass the ball quickly and were dominating possession in the early stages, albeit clear cut openings were difficult to come by on a hard and bumpy pitch. The breakthrough came when Bella Simmons showed great determination and quick reactions when she hammered home a loose ball to put City ahead and thatís how it remained at the interval.
Midway through the second half Stevenage equalised when poor marking in the visitors defence let a home forward through on goal and she did well to round the advancing Tee Mhundura before slotting home. It looked as though City might drop some points with the clock ticking down but with a couple of minutes to go Philippa Witherspoon was on hand to stab the ball home from an Amy Reed free kick on the right. The game was all wrapped up with the final kick of the match as Witherspoon raced through the Stevenage back line and clipped a delightful chip over the oncoming keeper and in to the empty net for a deserved three points.
|Team talk from manager Kevin Jacklin
Cambridge City 1 : 3 Yaxley
The under 13s welcomed league leaders Yaxley to Netherhall on Saturday on a beautiful spring like morning. The Lilywhites saw it as an opportunity to put right a narrow away defeat that they had suffered at the hands of Yaxley a few weeks ago and they also realised that any slim chance of getting their hands on the league title would require City to win this one (and hope that Yaxley would slip up in their remaining games).
The game got under way and both sides contributed to a high tempo start. City deservedly took the lead midway through the first half with an absolute wonder strike from Tiana Walker. From 25 yards out, the ball flew into the top right hand corner of the net giving the visiting keeper no chance. The home side looked reasonably comfortable with their lead but this was undone a few minutes before halftime when City didn't defend a corner and Yaxley equalised.
In the second half Yaxley started to grow more into the game, which caused City to defend deeper - which they did well. However, the Peterborough side managed to score another couple of goals - including another from a corner - which ultimately led to the Lilywhite's first home defeat of the season. For the neutral spectator this was an entertaining game to watch, but for City it meant that they will have to settle for runners up in the league - though they are more eager now to get their hands on the league cup when they face St Neots Town in the final on 5th May at Soham Town Rangers FC.
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