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Cambridge City 2 : 1 AFC Dunstable
The Lilywhites were back on the winning trail after a hard fought league game with AFC Dunstable. A confident and assured start by the hosts was rewarded when Carla Penny’s strong and persistent run ended with her cross being turned in at the near post by one of the visiting defenders to give City a deserved lead. The second was not too far away when Bella Simmons chased down a Dunstable defender to win the ball before jinking inside to hit a perfectly curled chip over the keeper’s head to double the lead before half-time.
Dunstable came out strongly in the second half and put City on the back foot for a while and managed to grab a goal back when a shot from just inside the box hit the post and went in to give the visitors hope of a comeback. City continued to look dangerous on the attack while both the midfield and defence worked tirelessly to prevent Dunstable from any clear cut chances and saw out the game to win the three points and move them above Dunstable in the table and into seventh place.
City have a tough game on Sunday but hope to go one better than last year when they host Ipswich Town from the Women’s Premier League in the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA Cup. KO is 2-00pm at Trinity College Sports Ground.
Cambridge University Women 0 : 3 Cambridge City
The Development Squad made the short trip across Cambridge to play Cambridge University Women at Fenners hoping to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result against Netherton. On a near perfect pitch with lovely short grass, probably more suitable for cricket or a putting green than for football, this very young City team were encouraged to get the ball down and play it around.
The first half hour was a bit frantic and with both teams pressing hard and marking tight, neither side were allowed the space to play open football. However City did create the best chances; Louise Irvine caused problems up front and her well hit drive cut in from the right was well saved by the CUW keeper. City eventually took a deserved lead through Erin Fox who beat the goalie with a left foot volley from close range.
City introduced three subs on the half hour, the experienced Kayleigh Whitehead and Ellie Cullum slotted into midfield and the very youthful Mo Want playing wide on the left. This settled the side a bit and gradually City took control of the game. They went two up when Ellie Cullum was quickest to react to a goal mouth scramble and coolly side footed home.
City continued the second half much like they finished the first half slowly starting to play more of a passing game and began exploiting the spaces left when CUW pushed forward to get back in the game. CUW did create the odd threat going forward but the City back five held firm to register another clean sheet. Aniela Luxford was superb covering everything over the top and Josie Cambridge in goal showed how important it is for a modern day goal keeper to have good passing and kicking skills.
City made the game safe mid-way through the second half when Ellie Cullum slid the ball through the CUW defence for Molly White to run through and score with a well-placed drive into the bottom left hand corner.
The Development Squad mix of some very young and a few experienced players is starting to gel as a team and #thefutureisblackandwhite.
Cambridge City 7 : 3 Histon Hornets
It was League Cup action this weekend for the under 17s who entertained local rivals Histon Hornets.
City were lucky to get their heads in front early on when a fortunate deflected own goal by the visitors, within the first five minutes, found the back of the net from a corner. However, Histon were not deterred by this setback and it wasn't long before they had levelled the score. However, by half time the Lilywhites had regained a comfortable margin thanks to another two goals - one from Mo Want and the third from Jessie-Mae Daniels who hit low and hard.
Within a couple of minutes of the restart 'Player of the Match' Katie Crook had got on the score sheet with a good strike in the box. Both teams were prepared to commit players forward and it resulted in an entertaining encounter. Full time brought a score line of 7 - 3 to City, the other home goals coming courtesy of a brace from Katie Stancombe and another (also completing her brace) from Mo Want.
A good game to watch - well done to both teams.
Cambridge City 1 : 1 Milton (AET) City win 3 : 1 Penalties
An even start was made by both teams in this cup match, each side playing good football.
Maddy, playing on the left wing, created herself two chances but both went over the bar.
New signing Lina joined Lauren in midfield. Both were strong, but it was Milton who took the lead when City keeper Iris uncharacteristically misjudged the ball and the striker found the back of the net - City one nil down. Skipper Hollie was vocal throughout and kept City's spirits high and attacking players Emma and Bushra continued to cause problems for Milton up front. Evie constantly battled hard on the right wing.
From the start of the second half, City were starting to get on top. Hollie organised the defence along with new girl Sierra. Sara and Ellie-May worked hard not to let Milton press forward. Ellie switched to playing up front. Her work rate forced a number of corners, one which led to a penalty. Maddy was on hand to take the spot kick, making no mistake and finding the roof of the net. With extra time looming, Evie came close to winning it for City who also hit the post in he closing moments.
Although City were to dominate the extra time it remained 1-1...... so on to penalties!
Maddy made it 1 nil with her second penalty of the day and then Iris made a save to put city 1-0 up. Lauren made it 2 nil, followed by a Milton miss. Evie had her penalty well saved and Milton score 2-1. Lina hit the bar but Iris made a brilliant one handed save down to her left leaving Bushra to score the winning penalty and her first goal for City.
Girl of the Match was skipper Hollie - for keeping her team well organised, with her superb communication and her solid defensive role. Next round here we come!
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