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Ladies and Girls weekly round up (1)
Posted by Debbie Mosley
Sep 12, 2017, 10:22

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Cambridge City 0 : 1 Writtle Ladies

It was double disappointment this past week for Cambridge City Ladies after losing out in two league matches by a single goal on each occasion. Playing Writtle Ladies last Wednesday under flood lights at Huntingdon, the Lilywhites went down one nil to a goal scored early on in the second half; a long range strike from the left that left City keeper Tee Mhundra with no chance. City had started the game well and had Writtle on the back foot but the visitors came back into the game and finished the half strongly. It was a scrappy game with two very hard working teams cancelling each other out for the most part, although City were unlucky not to get an equaliser late on with three very good chances in the last five minutes, two of which hit the woodwork.

Lowestoft Town Ladies 4 : 3 Cambridge City

An under strength side, due to a combination of injuries and absences, made the long trip to Lowestoft on Sunday, but it didn’t take too long for the City pressure to pay off when Bella Simmons was on hand to finish off after good work from Tegan Wyman down the left with a low angled cross. Despite City’s early dominance they didn’t extend their lead and the hosts broke away to score against the run of play to level it up. Not to be deterred City came back strong with Simmons grabbing another along with a rare headed goal from Stacey Fullicks to put the visitors three one up at halftime.

Unfortunately for City the second half was one to forget as a combination of slack defending, a controversial penalty decision and a little bit of bad luck saw Lowestoft come back in to the game to hit three without reply to grab a four three victory. Despite this, the Lilywhites still had chances to score at the other end to rescue a point at the very least but it wasn’t to be their day.

A tough loss to take in the circumstances but an opportunity exists to bounce back next Sunday in the FA Cup as City host Kettering Town at Trinity College 2-00pm KO.

Quote from manager Tim Rapley:

“Despite the two losses in the week there is lots to be optimistic about this season and it’s still very early days as we find our feet in the Premier division having been promoted for the second successive year. The squad is still very young and inexperienced and we will learn quickly and I’m sure we will turn it around”

Under 17s

Cambridge City 6 : 2 Histon Hornets

The under 17s entertained Histon Hornets on Saturday on the velvet pitch at Trinity. This was the team's first competitive match this campaign. City have chosen to play up a year this season in order to challenge themselves more and push the boundaries. City started very brightly and were soon stroking the ball around well, making full use of the width. After ten minutes midfielder Mo Want connected well with a corner from the right and headed home to open the scoring for the home side. City continued to dominate possession and eventually ran out 6-2 winners, thanks to further goals from Yas Abbioui (2), Yas Crow (2) and one from captain Katie Stancombe. If the Lilywhites had taken all the chances that they created, then the scoreline could easily have reached double figures. All the girls put in good performances and Histon contributed well to an entertaining match. A good start.

Under 14s

POM TW fires home for City U14's

Godmanchester Rovers Youth Girls 0 : 7 Cambridge City

First game back in the new season and City Girls looked to create the perfect start with a win away to Godmanchester.

It was a game of two halves. City started the game brightly and were soon one up with a great goal from Kayleigh Peters. City dominated the midfield, some good movement from the two wings Jessica Wood and Katie Levitt causing trouble for the Godmanchester defenders. It wasn’t long before City doubled their lead and then took control of the game, Niahm Davies and Yael Benjamin linking up well through the middle. Three goals for her hat trick from Katie and two from Tiana Walker who commanded the game took it to 6-0 for half time. Keeper Rachel Barker barely touched the ball in the City goal.

City came out for the second half and tried to break down the Godmanchester defence, some lovely passing from the back from Ella Compton, Millie Struthers and Yara Ghidini through the midfield to the new member of the team Madelaine McInnes who tried to wriggle her way through to score but was thwarted by some good defending. Godmanchester keeper kept City at bay with some terrific saves but Jessica Woods who had been lively all game managed to slot one home to make it 7-0 to City, killing the game off. A good first half performance from the girls and a second half to improve on. Player of the match was Tiana Walker. Well done for a first win of the season.

Under 13s (A)

Cambridge City U13A before their game v Cambourne

Cambridge City 7 : 0 Cambourne

The girls are playing up a year this season, in the under 13 league, so we were unsure what to expect. However, as usual, the team never fails to impress and took to the 9 v 9 format like they had been playing it for years. Their passing game was top notch. Cambourne were the visitors and they too also tried to pass the ball about, so it was a good game for the purest. City ran out 7 - 0 winners. Well done girls

Under 13s (B)

Cambridge City 5 : 1 Yaxley Youth

Sunshine was beaming for the new Cambridge City Girls under 13s (B) team for their first game of the season, at home to Yaxley.

Both teams got off to a flying start with all players really committing themselves. It was Yaxley who took the lead with a superb run down the right wing, with the cross resulting in a goal mouth scramble. City keeper Iris was unlucky not to clear the ball and the visitors took advantage and found the back of the net.

Confidence remained high as City continued to defend with captain Holly, Ellie and Ellie-May working together to avoid another goal. By the mid point of the first half City had begun to apply pressure and this led to them finding the breakthrough. Maddy, with great skill and quick feet, cut inside her player and found the back of the net from outside of the box. This equaliser gave City the motivation to push on. Rosie, playing in the centre, used her strength to win a crucial tackle to pass to Maddy again who took her chance well to grab her second goal of the match. Hard work off the ball from attacking player Bushra, gave Maddy the space to fire home another for her first half hatrick.

Second half

Sarah, who to begin with was playing a holding role in the second half intercepted the ball and found hatrick hero Maddy who crossed the ball from the left. It glanced off a Yaxley player and found the back of the net for an unfortunate own goal. Emma who played high up the field was unlucky not to find the net with Yaxley’s goal keeper making some great saves to keep her out.

Lauren who played well in a variety of positions today found herself powering through the middle to get herself a well deserved goal. Evie also put in an excellent shift, battling for every ball.

Overall a fantastic performance from the whole team to get the season up and running.

Under 12s

Godmanchester 2 : 7 Cambridge City

Well, the new season bought new kit, new challenges, new hopes and dreams and a few new players.

After a disjointed pre season we travelled to Godmanchester full of hope and expectations and thankfully the girls didn't disappoint.

With new signing Lucy Short making her full debut in central midfield, u11s player Amelia Thompson on the bench and another new signing Millie Fairbrass watching on the sidelines, City started very quickly. The strike force of Leah, Lucy and Erin all combining well to allow Erin to score after 25 seconds. City then continued to dominate the play with a high pressure game coupled with good movement and slick passing allowing Lucy to mark her debut with 2 more goals and one for Leah before half time. The post and poor finishing allowed Godmanchester to battle hard and after a slight mix up managed to pull a goal back before the break to make it 1-4 at half time.

The hot morning and it being early season, meant a few of the girls struggled to maintain the work rate they are capable of and the 2nd half saw plenty of team rotation, which lead to a slightly disjointed display after the break. Slowly but surely City found their rhythm again and really should have added more goals to reward their dominance before normal service was resumed with Erin scoring to make it 5-1 before Godmanchester's determination got them a goal back. With mental fatigue setting in for both sides the game got a little scrappy before both Lucy and Erin completed their hat tricks and City's 2017-18 campaign at U12s got off to a fine 7-2 away win.

Under 10s

City Girls under 10s started their campaign in the 'Red Division' with a home game against Chesterton Eagles and they did not disappoint. They proudly kept a clean sheet and were on target numerous times at the other end! Some great performances and overall a very good start. Plenty of talent and enthusiasm to build on.

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