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Cambridge City 2 : 1 Bedford
Cambridge City followed up their recent league success with a 2-1 home win against Bedford to get themselves up to fourth in the table. In the opening exchanges the home side were on the front foot and looking sharp and dangerous in attack while Bedford took a little while to get into the game. City had a couple of good chances to open the scoring but did not take advantage which let the visitors back in and the match ebbed and flowed with both sides testing each other out. The breakthrough came for the Lilywhites when Charlotte Gillies raced clear on the right wing and with an acute angle managed to fire the ball home for the opening goal. It looked like City would press home the advantage as the half progressed but it was Bedford who scored next when a cross from City’s left was headed home off the post to make it 1-1 at half-time.
The second half had a similar pattern although City were testing the Bedford goalkeeper more and more and really should have gone ahead before Becca Fay stepped up to curl in a free kick mid-way though the half which turned out to be the winning goal. The hosts had to withstand some late Bedford pressure as they went all out to find an equaliser but both Tee Mhunduru in City’s goal and 16 year old debutant Aniela Luxford in the centre of defence stayed strong to ensure City claimed the three points.
City finished the game with three 16 year olds on the pitch who have all made the step up from last year’s U16 Girls side with more looking to break into the first team. Just shows the importance of having a good youth structure in place and a pathway into senior football that benefits both the players and hopefully the club’s longevity.
|City U17's squad v Stotfold
Stotfold 1 : 2 Cambridge City
An early kick off, a cross border trek and a road diversion was no obstacle for City as they returned from Bedfordshire with three valuable league points.
On a less than perfect playing surface, City still managed to get the ball down and looked the more composed of the two teams in the early exchanges. The visitors soon had a good grip in midfield and looked dangerous with the ball going forward. Their reward came mid way through the first period when a decisive threaded ball from Yas Crow out wide split the home defence and allowed Katie Stancombe to run onto the ball, shake off a home defender and calmly found the net from the edge of the box, striking to the left of the advancing keeper. City took this one nil lead to the break.
The second half started off a little more even. Stotfold were now playing more direct and each long ball was searching for their target player up top. A loss of possession just inside City's half gave the hosts the opportunity to drive forward and they took their opportunity to level the score.
City brushed themselves down and soon looked like the most likely team to press on and score another. They forced several corners but they couldn't capitalise on them.
The break through for City came when they were awarded a penalty for a clear hand ball. Stancombe stepped up to the mark. The home keeper made a great save to her left but she could only parry it into the path of Stancombe who made no mistake with the rebound.
Both teams continued to push hard in the final period of the match but it was City who deservedly came out on top, playing the most expansive football. Their back four were solid and decisive and midfielders Jessie-Mae Daniels and Katie Crook barely put a foot wrong. A good all round display from the Lilywhites against decent opposition.
Milton Colts 0 : 9 Cambridge City
ICA Sports Youth 1 : 6 Cambridge City
City Girls travelled north up the A14 to play top of the table ICA Sports Youth.
Playing 11 a-side on a full sized pitch, City kicked off in the Peterborough sunshine, playing a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Some sloppy passing and some uncontrolled balls forced City to defend early on in the game with the home side putting a lot of pressure on Yara Ghidini, Milly Struthers and Ella Compton. Not deterred, Amie Fullwood pressed from midfield and latched onto a through ball only to be denied by the excellent hands of the ICA goalie. Chance missed. Both teams grew into the game, with City clearing an ICA corner enabling Ella to push Jess Wood up the left wing, who in turn made a sublime pass to Katie Levitt who dribbled past the defenders and crossed to Amie who put home City’s first of the match. 0-1.
With their heads up, City started to pass the ball more effectively; Jess Fitzpatrick moving swiftly down the wings, and some lovely passing between Niamh Davies, Kayleigh Peters and Yael Benjamin who tried her luck just to put it wide of the post. ICA hadn’t given up, breaking down the wing and forcing Rachel Barker to make an excellent save.
Fluid substitutions from City meant that the girls were able to get a well needed rest and with fresh legs were able to push on for another brilliantly worked goal which started from Jess Wood who again linked up with Katie and Amie who scored her second of the game to make it 0-2. Madelaine McInnis and Tiana Walker were introduced just before the break but couldn’t make an impact in the first half.
HALF TIME 0-2
ICA came out the brighter team in the second half and some confusion at the back meant that they pulled a goal back shortly after the start. 1-2. This prompted a response from the City. A goalie error meant that Amie was able to latch onto the loose ball and slot home round the keeper to complete her hat trick. 1-3.
ICA still weren’t deterred and replied with some good pressing only to be denied by some brilliant defending from Milly Clarke and Niamh who cleared off the line. Some fantastic play from Jess Wood working her socks off down the wing and tackling hard proved too much for the ICA team; she worked the ball well into midfield with Yara, Katie and Amie making a nuisance of themselves and Amie scoring her fourth of the match. 1-4.
Tiana crossed an excellent ball into the box with a running Katie at the far post latching onto it and putting City 1-5 up. Even though they were down ICA still pushed and it took some good defending from Ella, Milly and Yara to thwart them scoring another goal. Another Jess Wood break proved too much for the hosts though and with her crossing into the box she found Madelaine who put her foot onto a loose ball for City’s sixth. 1-6 City.
The game finished 1- 6 with a positive display from the girls with something to work on and a first win for stand in manager Darren. The stand out player and Player of the Match, was Jess Wood.
FULL TIME 1-6
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