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AFC Dunstable 0 : 1 Cambridge City
|Hair raising stuff from defender Lauren Tomlinson with goalscorer Stacey Fullicks watching on
After a short, enforced break from league action due to the weather, City travelled the relatively short distance to AFC Dunstable for some much welcomed action. However, due to illnesses and injuries, the Lilywhites were only able to field the bare 11 players.
The visitors started very brightly and were virtually camped in the homeside's half for the first twenty five minutes. Although City forced numerous corners, they couldn't quite find that final touch. The homeside gradually started to become more involved and began exerting some pressure on the City defence - though they soaked it up quite comfortably and protected their keeper well. With ten minutes of the half remaining, the homeside nearly took the lead when the ball bounced around frantically in the visitor's six yard box, first hitting the post, then the keeper, then a defender, before it finally ended up in the keepers hands. With no more real chances, the game remained goal less at the break.
The second half turned out to be a more even affair, with both sides creating some decent approach play. The deadlock was broken mid way through the half when Sarah Mosley fed the ball from the back to midfielder Stacey Fullicks who sent it wide for winger Charlotte Gillies to chase. Controlling the ball just before it went out of play, Gillies provided an accurate delivery where Fullicks won her challenge and flicked the ball high. It looped and bounced into the left hand side of the net. One nil to City.
The homeside now had to push forward, sometimes committing three to their forward line. Although Dunstable found the back of the net on 80 minutes, the goal was ruled offside. Some resolute defending in the final ten minutes made sure that City came home with three valuable away points, which overall they deserved. It is still very tight at the top of the league.
Next Sunday, the Ladies are at home to St Ives Women in the Cambs Invitation Cup (semi- final).
|Striker Ellie Cullum with her well coordinated ball and nails!
Cambridge City 4 : 0 Netherton United
The Development team ran out comfortable winners in the end, but the scoreline does not tell the full story. This was the third fixture between the two sides this season, with Netherton coming out on top in both of the previous encounters. This match was played on the 3G at Trumpington due to the waterlogged pitch at Trinity.
Both sides struggled to adapt to the surface in the opening 10 mins. Netherton looked the most likely to score in the first half with the visitor's No 4 causing a lot of problems with her probing passes behind the back of the City back line. City forward Megan Tonks was feeding on scraps and wingers Rachel Littlewood and Yas Crow were working hard but found themselves having to defend more than they would like to. City keeper Josie Cambridge, looked safe in goal and despite a number of Netherton shots on goal, she rarely looked in danger.
In one of City's rare attacks in the first half, the Netherton goalkeeper handled the ball outside of the area, but the referee only gave a yellow card, as he felt the shot was going wide.
Unfortunately for City, influential captain Gemma Clare suffered a serious looking knee injury, some 10 mins before the end of the first half and was replaced by Eline Sorbye. Everyone at City hope Gemma's injury is not too bad and wish her a speedy recovery.
In the second half, City started to take more control. Their midfield got closer to the Netherton players to deny them any space and City looked more threatening going forward. About 15 mins into the second period, a foul on Molly White some 25 yards from goal resulted in a free kick. Rachel Pearce, who has scored from these positions previously this season, took the resulting free kick and the ball sailed into the top corner, putting City 1-0 up. Netherton never looked out of the game but the City defence had reorganised well with Tegan Wyman, Amy Ozakpinar, Eline and Aniela Luxford looking composed and resolute. A good through ball from Eline, led to Yas Crow breaking away and with a 'one on one' she bravely slid the ball under the advancing keeper, with both players colliding as the ball passed into the net. The third goal and probably the clincher, was from Rachel Pearce, who tapped the ball home at the far post, following a Tegan Whyman corner. The final goal was well deserved, from Player of the Match Molly White, who hit a brilliant shot from a full 30 yards into the top of the net.
Although on paper this looks like a convincing win for City, Netherton will probably feel a little hard done by and on their long trip back to Peterborough they will be thinking that they should have got something out of the game with the number of chances they created throughout the 90 mins.
Well done to the City Development Team. This was a game, that earlier in the season they would have struggled with. The young team is gradually coming to terms with the physicality of ladies football and look a much stronger outfit. Once again our best wishes go out to Gemma Clare and hope that she will be soon pulling on the City shirt again.
Team: Josie Cambridge, Gemma Clare, Yas Crow, Lucy Hurst, Rachel Littlewood, Aniela Luxford, Rachel Pearce, Megan Tonks, Molly White, Tegan Whyman, Amy Ozakpinar, Erin Fox, Drew Jenkins, Eline Sorbye.
Cambridge City 20 : 0 Netherton United
City brought their season's home fixtures to a convincing end on Saturday when they comfortably secured three points against visiting Peterborough side Netherton United. The game had been switched to the 3G at Trumington due to the weather but nothing was going to dampen the girls' appetite for goals. This victory means that City now occupy top spot in the table with two league games left. The under 17s will now focus on Friday night's League Cup Final clash against Stotfold at St Neots FC.
Yaxley Youth 0 : 1 Cambridge City
City left it late to get maximum points when they made the trip north to play Yaxley at Peterborough. With three minutes remaining, centre back and Player of the Match Katie Prior went up for a corner and managed to find the back of the net with a half volley screamer from the edge of the box. Relief all round for the visitors, including the travelling support. Although City never looked like conceding, it was also looking uncertain that they would score either. This was Katie's first ever goal for the Lilywhites and she couldn't have chosen a better time to score it. City remain top of the league.
Cambridge City 4 : 0 St Ives
This was the first game in five weeks and City Girls looked to progress to the top of the table. On a huge pitch at Netherhall, playing 11 a-side with a 1-3-1-4-2 formation, City looked like they had missed playing for a few weeks.
St Ives started the brighter of the two teams and applied some early pressure on our back three of Ella, Milly S and Yara. Some sloppy passing from City meant that St Ives were able to counter and City had to clear their lines. Spurred on by this, Jess F, Katie and an excellent through ball from Maddie created an opening for Kayleigh to put home Cityís first goal of the game,1-0. St Ives battled on, but with the Ella and Milly standing strong, the visitors werenít able to break through. Jess W continued a surging run along the wing, crossing to Maddie who laid the ball onto Yael who hit home a brilliant goal, 2-0. With the introduction of Tiana and Ruby the game started to move a bit quicker and Millie C made some important tackles in the midfield.
Half Time 2 - 0
With the second half underway, the size of the pitch was taking its toll and by not playing for such a long time, some tired legs started to show. However, the girls didnít give up and only the resolute defending of St Ives stopped City from scoring soon after kick off. Katie continued her impressive form along the wing linking well with Maddie and Ruby in midfield. Jess F joined the action and crossed a lovely ball into the area to Maddie who put City three nil up. Milly S continued to make important blocks and her and Ella worked hard to stop St Ives scoring. The ever reliable, Rachel in goal made some important stops. With so many shots missed, it only seemed a matter of time before another City goal arrived. It duly arrived when a lovely through ball from Tiana found Jess, who laid it on for Ruby to put City 4-0 up.
A tough game back, but some things to work on this week in training. Well done City Girls, top of the table again. Player of the match went to Millie Struthers, well done.
Cambourne Utd Blues 0 : 3 Cambridge City
A brace from Eve White and another goal from Marisa Smutek was enough for the Under 13s to return home from Cambourne with a well deserved away victory.
Cambridge City 11 : 3 Yaxley Juniors
For the third time this season, City notched up 11 goals in a league match. Six different girls got their name on the scoresheet with Isabella Axelsson leading the way with four. Lucy Short contributed a hat trick, whilst there was one apiece from Erin Burling, Emily White Maayan Benyamin and Leah Holmes.
Cambridge City v ICA (Peterborough)
ICA were the visitors for City U10's on Saturday. Both sides knew this would be a tough game and so it turned out. On the day, City were outstanding, playing a fantastic passing game, that many observers would say, was way ahead of their young years. ICA contributed to the game and to the neutral, this was a brilliant advert for U10 girls football.
Both teams were applauded off the pitch at the end. We look forward to the return fixture with ICA and hopefully, another great game.
Newmarket v Cambridge City
The U9 girls travelled to Newmarket on Saturday to play on the stadium astro pitch, which they were really excited about.
The girls were very focused and put on their best display of the season, with their hard work in training, clearly paying off. They played some very good passing football, with every player contributing and producing a good performance. Newmarket are an excellent side, with some outstanding players too and both teams provided a really good game for both sets of supporters to witness..
Cup Final Dates
Although still relatively early in the season for such occasions, Cup Final dates have already been published. Proudly, City will be represented in all age groups. Come and support the Lilywhites!
Cup Final dates for your diaries:
U17 : Cambridge City v Stotford Friday 16th March KO 19:30 pm @ St Neots Town FC
U15 : Cambridge City v Isleham Tuesday 17th April KO 19:30 @ Newmarket Town FC
U14 : Cambridge City v ICA Friday 11th May KO 18:30 @ St Neots Town FC
U13 : Cambridge City v Coton Saturday 19th May KO 10:00 @ Newmarket Town FC
U12 : Cambridge City v Panthers Saturday 19th May KO 11:30 @ Newmarket Town FC
U11 : To Be Confirmed Saturday 19th May KO 13:00 @ Newmarket Town FC
This week's forthcoming fixtures:
Ladies: 18.3.18, City v St Ives Women, KO 14:00, Trinity Old Field, (Cup)
Development: 18.3.18, City v March Town Ladies, KO 14:00, Trinity Old Field
Under 17s: 16.3.18, City v Stotfold, KO 19:30, St Neots FC (Cup Final)
Under 15s: 17.3.18, City v Newmarket Town Youth, POSTPONED
Under 14s: 17.3.18, City v Saffron Walden, KO 10:30, POSTPONED
Under 13As: 17.3.18, March Town Athletic v City, KO 10:30, Neale Wade School
Under 13Bs: 17.3.18, St Ives Rangers v City, KO 10:30, POSTPONED
Under 12s: 17.3.18, ICA Sports v City, KO 10:30, POSTPONED
Although the above times and locations are correct at the time of going to press, if you are planning on coming to support the Ladies or Girls, it would be well worth telephoning the respective managers a day or so before the match to confirm the details. Their phone numbers can be obtained from the contacts list on the Ladies and Girls section of this website.
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