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AFC Sudbury 0 : 2 Cambridge City
Cambridge City got back to winning ways in the Eastern Region Premier League with a 2-0 away victory at AFC Sudbury to maintain second spot with three games remaining. It was a tight game with both teams working hard to make it difficult for their opponents, although City did have the better chances. In the first half they should already have been ahead before Laura Mills latched onto a ball from the back to race clear and calmly place her shot past the advancing keeper and into the bottom corner.
|Scorer of City's first goal, influential midfielder Laura Mills
Sudbury were dangerous on the counter-attack and the Lilywhites had to stay focused and defend well at times to ensure that they went in at the break with their one goal advantage.
|A City free kick from Bronte Rapley clears the wall
The second half was more comfortable for City as they took control of the game and were unlucky not to double their lead when Charlotte Gillies cut in from the right and saw her shot hit the inside of the post and rebound into the safety of the keeper's arms. As the pressure mounted on the host's defence with several free kicks, corners and crosses, Bella Simmons put the result beyond doubt, stabbing home from close range after her initial shot had been saved.
On Thursday (12th April) City Ladies take on Cambridge United Women in the final of the County Cup. It is a 7:30 kick off at Histon FC. Why not come along and support the Lilywhites?
(Double header due to fixture back log)
Cambridge City 0 : 3 St Ives (1st match)
Cambridge City 0 : 2 St Ives (2nd match)
Melbourn Dynamos 0 : 6 Cambridge City
On a much welcomed 'spring like' morning, City made the short trip down the A10 to face Melbourn Dynamos in their last away fixture of another successful season.
Striker Mo Want got the Lilywhites off to a great start when she found the bottom left of the goal with barely 90 seconds on the clock. One would have been excused for thinking that this was the start of a first half goal flurry, but that turned out not to be the case - though Katy Ruston did in fact double the score five minutes before the break, latching onto a through ball that found her in space on the left. She made no mistake.
With the obligatory intake of oranges and Jaffa cakes at half time, City came out a little more fired up. Within a couple of minutes of the restart, Want had completed her brace when she chased a superb drop kick from keeper Jenny Jamieson that went over the home defence. Three nil to City. A couple of minutes later and Jamieson did exactly the same again. This time, captain Katie Stancombe was the recipient and she duly added the fourth.
|Scorer of City's fifth goal - Katie Crook
The Lilywhites were now fully in control of the game and put together some lovely free flowing football. Midfielder Katie Crook popped up with a trade mark 'dribbling special' to increase the lead before Ruston scored her second with a lob to make it half a dozen for the visitors.
Having beaten Stotfold in emphatic style three weeks ago in the cup final, City now await results next week to see if they can get their hands on the league championship trophy for the fifth consecutive season. Irrespective of what happens next week, this team have been an absolute credit to the club and they should be immensely proud of their unrivalled and fully deserved success over the last six years. Congratulations and well done to all past and present players.
Burwell Tigers 0 : 6 Cambridge City
On Saturday, City u15’s travelled away to Swaffham Prior to face strong opponents Burwell who are the only team to have beaten City this season. Without a game for a number of weeks, the girls chose to continue training throughout Easter to give them the best chance in this fixture. The squad of 13 turned up confident and with a point to prove, even without regular keeper Sally who was on a school exchange and winger Aino who was unavailable due to illness. Kick off was at 11:00 and there was a good number of spectators supporting both teams.
City continued their good form of starting quickly, winning the ball, keeping possession and creating chances. The whole team started strongly but wide players Cerys Want and Issy Bryant made their intentions clear very early on causing the Burwell defence many problems with their pace, skill and determination. Only two minutes in and the high intensity paid off with Bryant smashing in her first! City continued to press, working hard all over the pitch and deservedly got their second after four minutes through a typical long range strike with the outside of her foot from Freya Goddard - which took the opposition by surprise. From this point on, City didn’t look back and dominated the first half with every player being completely unselfish to make it one of the best team performances of the season. Bryant continued to play with confidence, creating many chances for the team, as well as scoring a further three outstanding goals which all came from very well taken, unstoppable shots. Amie Fullwood deservedly got on the score sheet, controlling the ball superbly well in a congested penalty area and making no mistake, found the net on the turn. 0-6 at half time.
Rachel Barker, City u14 keeper, stepped up for the fixture and gave the team confidence from the back as well as making a brilliant save in the second half getting down to her right to deny a 1-on-1 opportunity and keep the clean sheet.
Ceri Flye lead from the back and produced one of the tackles of the season in the first half to prevent a clear goal scoring opportunity. Flye’s centre half partner Katie Prior attacked and dominated the gap between defence and midfield continuing to impress. Full backs Jessica Davenport and Jess Utting remained consistently strong with Davenport supporting attacking play and assisting a number of the goals whilst Utting delivered some great passes and crosses with her left foot. The engines of the team, Freya Standing and Freya Goddard simply didn’t ever stop working in the middle of the park, with Goddard breaking down the play and supporting Standing on getting the ball down to find meticulous passes that opened up the Burwell defence. Outstanding captain Ella Moghadas, as always, completed her job most effectively, which in this game was to stop one of the best technical players in the league. Amie Fullwood, returned from a week of skiing, to play the lone striker and showed yet again what a talent she is creating chance after chance for the team. Cerys Want, as always, worked hard and showed her versatility playing in a variety of attacking positions always helping City to attack with pace and creating goal scoring opportunities. Even when things moved around, Rose Hastings continued to stretch the game out wide on the right showing her strength and pace to continuously work their left back, whilst Jess Douglas did the same on the opposite side picking out some great passes to keep the pressure on.
Overall, a great team performance with every player having a part to play. All six goals scored in the half meant City left Swaffham Prior as comfortable winners. Issy Bryant earned herself girl of the game for her overall highly unselfish team performance… her four goals were just an added bonus. We look forward to our next game away at Newmarket.
Squad: Rachel Barker, Katie Prior, Rose Hastings, Jessica Davenport, Freya Goddard, Cerys Want, Freya Standing, Issy Bryant, Amie Fullwood, Jess Utting, Ella Moghadas (C), Jess Douglas and Ceri Flye.
Cambridge City 10 : 0 Histon
Cambourne v Cambridge City
Cambourne were the hosts to Cambridge City U9's on their lovely 3G pitch. Both sides provided the supporters with a thoroughly entertaining game. A high level of skill was shown, with goals scored at both ends of the pitch. The girls all played with smiles on their faces, which is what this age group is all about.
Many thanks to Cambourne and Steve (and his team) for the hospitality we received and we look forward to playing Cambourne again later in the month.
Forthcoming League Fixtures:
Ladies: 15.04.18, City v Royston, KO 14:00, Trinity Old Field
Development: 15.04.18, City v Newmarket Town, KO 14:00, Trinity Old Field
Under 15s: 14.04.18, Newmarket Town v City, KO 10:30, Newmarket FC
Under 14s: 14.04.18 City v Hungate Rovers, KO 10:30, Trinity Old Field
Under 13As: No Game
Under 13Bs: No Game
Under 12s: 14.04.18, ICA Sports v City, KO 10:30, South Bretton Playing Fields
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.
League Cup Final dates for your diaries:
City Ladies and Girls have done amazingly well this year in their respective League Cup competitions. Hopefully the trophy cabinet will be bulging very soon!
Ladies: Cambridge City v Cambridge United, Thurs 12th April, KO 19:30 @ Histon FC
Under 17s: Cambridge City v Stotford, Fri 16th March, City won 5 : 0
Under 15s: Cambridge City v Isleham, Tues 17th April, KO 19:30 @ Newmarket Town FC
Under 14s: Cambridge City v ICA, Fri 11th May, KO 18:30 @ St Neots Town FC
Under 13s: Cambridge City v Coton, Sat 19th May, KO 10:00 @ Newmarket Town FC
Under 12s: Cambridge City v Panthers, Sat 19th May, KO 11:30 @ Newmarket Town FC
Under 11s: TBC. Sat 19th May, KO 13:00 @ Newmarket Town FC. (City face Saffron Walden in semi-final on 21.04.18)
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