|Ladies & Girls
The first City Wildcats session is a big hit
|Team photo at Wildcats Session!
It was a great start to the City Wildcats programme last Friday. A fantastic number of young girls thoroughly enjoyed the session delivered by fabulous coaches Laura Mills and Zoe Lander. We go again next Friday (20th). Same time, same place - 5.30 to 6.30, Trumpington College, Lime Ave, CB2 9FD. All 5 to 11 year olds welcome. Come and have fun.
Before we get into the match reports, remember that the Under 15s are in Cup Final action on Tuesday 17th when they play Isleham at Newmarket FC. Make sure you are there for a 7.30 kick off.
Cambridge City 3 : 3 Royston
A very entertaining game saw Cambridge City share 6 goals with Royston which put paid to any lingering title hopes for the Lilywhites. The first half was an even contest in terms of chances and possession but it was the visitors who took the lead when City failed to clear their lines and a quick reaction from a Royston forward saw her fire home from close range with an angled shot.
City needed to begin the second half on the front foot but got off to the worst possible start when they conceded in the first minute following the restart. However, the home side showed great character and cut the deficit to a single goal when Stacey Fullicks timed her midfield run to perfection and came out on top in a race to the ball with the Royston keeper and managed to scramble the ball over the line. City went in search of the equaliser and were asking lots of questions but were caught on the counter attack when Royston restored their two goal advantage with a low shot that went in off the post. Not to be deterred, the Lilywhites continued to press forward, with top goal scorer Bella Simmons grabbing the home side a lifeline when slotting home for her 24th of the season.
City were rewarded with what turned out to be the equaliser when Charlotte Gillies fired home from close range after a great cross from the left. City could have won the game in the dying minutes when Fullicks went clear but her shot was well saved by the Royston keeper.
City don't have long to wait before they play Royston again - this Wednesday in fact for the return league fixture!
Cambridge City 2 : 4 Newmarket Town Ladies First
|Determination from both players!
In a competitive encounter, a brace from Ellie Cullum was still not enough for the home side to take any points from the game. Newmarket's fourth and final goal in the last couple of minutes made sure they went home with a victory.
Newmarket Town Youth 1 : 3 Cambridge City
After a superb win at Burwell last weekend, the under 15’s travelled to Newmarket on Saturday, looking to repeat the same desire to win that was evident a week ago. They knew that they would need to deliver the same work rate ethic and team performance to overcome a strong Newmarket side who have caused a few upsets already this season.
The girls had to be switched on for this game as a delayed kick off, a smaller pitch and playing 9v9 meant a lot of differences to what the girls have been used to. City started the game strongly, with lots of possession on a very wide pitch but were unable to convert any of their chances. Although, many goal scoring opportunities were created, City were a bit slow in adapting to the different conditions and had be careful not to concede from a Newmarket counter.
Cerys Want, Issy Bryant, Amie Fullwood and Freya Goddard worked hard and created chances but none were converted. Ceri Flye and Ella Moghadas started to push up the field to help create something different going forward and cause further problems for the Newmarket defensive unit. Finally, City got the ball wide to Aino Turunen, who attacked with strength, skill and pace down the right, continuously getting the better of a number of Newmarket players. Turunen produced a great cross which Fullwood controlled very well on the edge of the box giving her time to play a perfect ball through to Bryant who smashed it into the goal. It was great to have Aino back after missing the last couple of games - her ability to keep position and turn defence in to attack has been missed. There were more chances created but more speed and intent was needed in the build play and better decisions in front of goal could have converted more.
Half Time: 0-1.
On the first hot day of the season, the depth in City’s squad was an advantage. Jess Utting and Jess Douglas were starting to make the most of the space down the left which helped to stretch the game, whilst Rose Hastings took charge down the right. Hastings, who has been very impressive over the last few games, yet again showed the good form she is hitting and completed exactly what was asked of her. She hugged the side line and was always an option to open the play. She tracked back to help defend but drove forward, making the most of the space in front of her and always completing the simple but effective pass which City were lacking in the first half. This became infectious and finally City looked like their usual self, getting the ball down and playing some much better football.
Jessica Davenport can add yet another assist to her already impressive tally as she played the ball through to Bryant who showed her confidence in front of goal. 0-2. Katie Prior, who stepped up to playing in centre midfield from centre back, added a second to her goal tally for the season with yet another screamer from outside the box. Prior successfully got the ball first in the middle of the park across the Newmarket player and hit it first time through everyone, with the ball finishing in the top left hand corner of the goal. 0-3, five minutes remaining.
With the game pretty much won, City unluckily conceded right near the end. A great strike from the Newmarket striker kept City keeper Sally Phelps on her toes who produced a great save to tip the ball on to the crossbar. Unluckily for Phelps, the plastic goals meant the ball dropped behind the line rather than bouncing off. Full-time: 1-3.
Newmarket fought well throughout the game and their nine players knew their role within the team which is clearly why they are not a team to be complacent against. City however, managed to come away with a well earned 3 points, yet again with a good team performance. Rose Hastings received Girl of the Game for her impact on the game and getting City to start playing the football we have come to expect of them.
Squad: Sally Phelps, Katie Prior, Rose Hastings, Jessica Davenport, Freya Goddard, Cerys Want, Issy Bryant, Amie Fullwood, Jess Utting, Ella Moghadas (C), Jess Douglas, Ceri Flye and Aino Turunen.
Cambridge City 13 : 0 Hungate Rovers
After a wet week, the Trinity pitch was ready for a well needed game for the girls.
9 v 9 today against a depleted Hungate side. City started the brighter of the teams, quickly pressing towards the Hungate goal. An early corner was well saved by the visiting keeper.
Yara Ghidini and Katie Levitt worked well down the wing, linking into Jess Fitzpatrick who passed back to Ella Compton, moving the ball quickly through the midfield to Amie Fullwood who put home City’s first of the game 1-0. Hungate restarted and it took some good defensive work from Millie Struthers to deter a goal. Her quick pass to Ella, who then found Amie again meant that City were able to double their lead, 2-0. It was now all City, moving the ball in the middle to Milly Clarke and Yael Benyamin. Katie pushed forward and her shot rebounded from the crossbar to a waiting Amie to secure her third, 3-0. A good interception from Millie and a quick pass to Ella who found Jess F for her to put the ball into the top corner for her first and City's fourth, 4-0. The game continued this way with City pressing high and Rachel Barker not having to deal with much in goal. Amie found the net again to make it 5-0 from some superb link up play with Katie. She made it 6-0 shortly after and an impressive run from Jess and a perfectly timed pass meant Amie score her sixth and made it 7-0 to the home side.
Half Time : 7 - 0
The introduction of Kayleigh Peters, Tiana Walker and Jess Woods, gave the team a fresh look for the second half. City moved the ball better and some good defending stopped Hungate again with Millie and Ella linking up with Jess W, who’s shot hit the crossbar. Kayleigh capitalised on some good passing and scored her first, 8-0. With their heads up the girls moved the ball better and pressed high as a unit, linking up well in the middle and this proved beneficial when Jess W scored her first, 9-0. Their movement improved as the game went on and Kayleigh put home her second, 10-0. The Hungate goalkeeper was to be applauded for her resilience and some superb saves from a persistent City side. Yael found a way through and made it 11-0. Not to be left out, Katie got into the action and scored her first, 12-0. The back three pushed high with both Millie and Ella venturing into Hungate's penalty area. A shot from Ella again saved by an impressive Hungate keeper. Tiana received the ball from the resultant goal kick and slotted home her first and made it 13-0.
Some things to improve on in preparation for the double header next week. Player of the Match deservedly went to Millie Struthers.
ICA Sports Youth 0 : 3 Cambridge City
A hat trick from Ruby Want made sure that the trip north to Peterborough to face second placed ICA Sports was well worth while. Three points and a clean sheet (helped along the way by a penalty save from City keeper Kitty Barker) means that the under 12s keep alive their title aspirations. The next time they head north will be to face top of the table Netherton United in two weeks time.
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 10th May, 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, City won 6 : 2
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: Cambridge City v Coton, Sat 19th May, KO 13:00 @ Newmarket Town FC.
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