|Ladies & Girls
Cambridge City 2 : 1 Billericay
City secured their third successive home win with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Billericay to keep in touch with the leaders who all dropped points at the weekend. The Lilywhites played some of their best football of the season in the opening half an hour despite the windy conditions and took the lead within five minutes when Charlotte Gillies drifted in from the right to glance a header over the onrushing keeper. An excellent passage of passing finished with City doubling their advantage when Carla Penny combined well with Stacey Fullicks on the edge of the penalty area before she put Bella Simmons through on goal who calmly slotted home. With the wind at their backs the home side created a number of good chances to further extend their lead but it was the visitors who grabbed a lifeline when a long ball caught out the City defence and a neat finish reduced the arrears shortly before half-time.
A much tougher second half followed for City who had to battle the strong wind and a direct style of play from Billericay but with a combination of determined defending throughout the team and some smart stops by Tee Mhunduru in the Cambridge goal they deservedly secured another three points.
The home run of games continue on Sunday when City host Brentwood Ladies at Trinity College 2-00pm KO
Cambridge City 15 : 0 March Soccer School
The first home game for City girls on a well prepared, very windy Trinity pitch. March looked to build on their first win last week, but were up against a well prepared City team.
Set up as 3-1-4-2 formation this week the girls started brightly and within a few minutes were 1-0 ahead after an impressive run from Katie Levitt who rounded the keeper for her first of the game.
This was the theme of the game with the City girls pushing forward on every occasion, Katie making some fantastic quick runs along the wing, combining with Amie Fullwood in the centre of midfield who put it in for her first of the game. 2-0.
City’s defence were tested when the March forward turned our midfield and tried to get past our defence but Yara Ghidini, Millie Struthers and Ella Compton held firm.
The passing of the ball was superb from City girls, and their movement proved too much when Niamh Davies and Milly Clarke combined to enable Kayleigh Peters a shot on goal which was unfortunately saved by the March keeper.
City started to up the tempo, passing the ball around the pitch with ease which started to frustrate the March girls a bit. Amie was fouled just outside the box and took the resulting free kick which was a stunner scoring her second of the match 3-0.
With City controlling the game it enabled the defenders to move up the pitch to help the midfield, Ella tried her luck from just outside the box, but her shot went just wide of the post. Jess Fitzpatrick, Jess Wood, Kayleigh and Amie combined their passing with Katie crossing a spinning ball to Amie who split the defence to put home her third of the game 4-0.
City were rampant with Madelaine McInnes producing what was probably the goal of the game from a long range, a lovely strike to make it 5-0 to City.
Tiana Walker and Yael Benjamin were introduced to the game and joined in the excellent display of football. Yael’s movement through to the box and past the two defenders was sublime as she put her first of the game home to make it 6-0 to City.
HALF TIME 6 – 0
The second half started as quick as the first half with Jess Wood trying her luck from outside the box putting it just wide. March tried to break down the City defence but some good defending from all the girls meant a break from Maddie resulted in her second and Citys seventh 7-0.
Jess Fitzpatrick wanted to get in on the action and with a shot from a very tight angle put home her first of the match 8-0 City
It was only a matter of time before a hard working Kayleigh got her reward and took her chance to make her first goal of the match and 9-0 to City.
Some impressive one touch football followed with the girls producing some excellent passing, their hard work from training paying off when Tiana crossed a lovely high ball to Katie who in turn rounded the defence to back pass to Amie who put home her fourth of the game 10 – 0 City.
With March defence a bit shaken Amie took her opportunity to score her fifth with a one on one with the keeper for her fifth 11-0 City.
March didn’t give up and tried to push ahead but City’s defence proved too strong for them, a great back line from the girls not letting anyone through, Yara creating a chance for Amie to put home her sixth 12-0 City.
Unfortunately the game became a little lacklustre with City controlling every pass, a rebound from the March defence and Amie in the right position to pounce made it her seventh and 13-0 City.
Maddie created so much space down the wing and crossed a fantastic ball to Katie who took it into the bottom corner for her second 14-0 City.
Millie made an impressive run through the middle to find Tiana who’s pass found Katie who guided the ball across the goal to Amie for her eighth 15-0.
An impressive display of football from the girls and high praise from the March managers for what was a well deserved and well worked win today. Fantastic display of football and player of the match went to Milly Clarke. Well done.
Under 13s (A)
Cambridge City 5 : 1 March Athletic
City welcomed March Athletic to Girton on Saturday for this S-Tech under 13s(A) league fixture. The home side have been flying high this season and prior to kick off they proudly sat top of the league. Football can throw up a few surprises and by half time it was the visitors who were leading one nil, thanks in the main to them having taken their opportunity when it arose. City had chances during the first period but just couldn't convert. Yes, they were playing against the wind, but their style of play - keeping the ball on the floor - is not usually affected by the elements.
The second half was a very different story. City played with much more confidence and were patient in their build up play. The comeback was kick started when Bella Ely put the home side on level terms after a lovely solo run. There was no turning back from here and City looked dangerous every time they went forward. Four more goals followed including a couple of penalties. The game finished 5 : 1 to City. A spirited display from March but it was probably a relief for them when the final whistle blew. City scorers: Bella Ely, Ruby Want, Rosie Mead, Olivia Briffa and Jada Flatts
Under 13s (B)
Cambridge City 1 : 0 ICA Sports (Peterborough)
A close, well battled game against ICA on a lovely, but windy, Saturday morning. Both teams started well with City's striker Emma bursting into space but unable to get a shot at goal. On the attack, Maddy found herself pacing down the right wing. She got to the edge of the box and fired it into the top left hand corner 1-0! The remainder of the first half was City attacking with Evie winning every ball and being a dangerous threat.
Second half, City were very defensive with Iris in goal making a cracking save - strong right hand getting down low to avoid an equaliser. The girls worked well together to keep the team spirit, with captain Holly playing as sweeper putting her body on the line to block every shot. Girl of the Match goes to defender Ellie-May for making important interceptions, clearing the ball and helping her team mates out when necessary! Great game despite weather conditions and City under 13B's remain unbeaten!
Cambridge City 3 : 1 Saffron Walden (PSG)
|City Girls U11 with coach Jack Drain
St Ives Rangers v Cambridge City
(Score not publicised at this age group)
City travelled to St Ives Rangers for their second game of the season and their first away from home. Passing and receiving had been the focus point in training and from the start it was clear that the girls had taken on board what they have recently learnt. Spells of possession and fantastic passing throughout was pleasing to see and meant that City came away with a victory against a tough and determined St Ives team. Well done girls.
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