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City Ladies and Girls have benefitted greatly from the generosity of Cambridge Building Society
Last Wednesday, the 5th September, the Club were presented with £1366 from the Cambridge Building Society 'Cash for the Community Initiative'. The club is immensely grateful for the kindness shown by the local building society. The club received this sum following a process whereby members of the public voted for worthy local causes and groups in the Cambridge News and on social media. In the first instance, the money will be used to support and encourage young girls to take up sport through our Wildcats footballing programme. Not only would the Club like to thank Cambridge Building Society for their amazing generosity, but also to all of those individuals who chose to vote for us - it is very much appreciated.
Vanessa and Tim Rapley gratefully receiving the cheque on behalf of the club
Eastern Region Women's Football League - Premier Division
Cambridge City 3 : 1 Harlow Town
The home side started the brightest, but they had to come from behind after Harlow converted a penalty following an infringement by the City keeper, Tee Mhunduru, on 20 minutes. This was the visitor's first real advance on the home goal. Harlow’s advantage could have doubled soon afterwards too, had Mhunduru not made a remarkable save, finding some amazing height to tip the ball over the crossbar.
At the other end, following some good work from right winger Charlotte Gillies, who picked up a pin point diagonal ball over the visitor's defence, she was able to square the ball for Bella Simmons to tap home from close range. With City just edging possession in the first period, the score remained even at the break.
With the wind in their favour in the second period, City were always likely to be the dominant side when play resumed and so it turned out to be. Creating from the back and delivering in midfield, the home side utilised space out wide with great effect. And it was from these areas that the two remaining goals came. Two great solo efforts, firstly from Laura Mills on the left, who, having beaten a couple of defenders, created space and turned inside. No one was going to stop her excellent strike which went high across the keeper. Not to be out done by this, the pacey Gillies, still operating out on the right, conjured up something very similar to the previous goal to grab City's third in the last couple of minutes of normal time and in doing so, she sealed the Lilywhite's second consecutive league win.
This was a very good performance from City. Their build up play was patient and their passing creative. An entertaining fixture to watch with Harlow also contributing some fine football.
Next Sunday, City are at home again, this time to Bedford, when they will be looking to record their third league victory in as many games.
Laura Mills (out of the picture) fires a thunderous shot past the Harlow keeper
S-Tech Women's Premiership
Histon Reserves 0 : 6 Cambridge City
On Sunday afternoon, City Development hit Histon for six without reply. As the score would suggest, this was a comfortable win for the Lilywhites, although it did take them a little while to get off the mark. After twenty minutes, Anna Kanz slipped a perfect ball through to Yasmin Crow who beat the home keeper in a one v one. Five minutes later, the visitors could have doubled their score when Crow delivered a perfect cross, but connecting on the volley, Carla Penny had to watch her strike go over the bar. On thirty five minutes it was the same combination play, but this time it was Penny providing the cross for Crow to volley her second goal. The best move of the half saw Kanz break out from defence and feed Penny, who cut in from the left. Unfortunately it just went wide. At the break, the visitors remained two goals to the good.
The second period started very similar to where the first half had left off with Histon defending well from a deep position. However, two goals in three minutes from City was enough really to kill the game off. Megan Tonks poked the ball home from a Rachel Pearce corner and then Crow completed her hat-trick by rolling the ball into an empty net after a mix up involving the home keeper. As the game progressed, the Histon ladies began to tire and City were able to net another couple of goals in a four minute spell. Goal number five was scored by Tonks who curled the ball into the top right hand corner after being set up by Ellie Cullum and Kanz drove home the sixth and final goal from the edge of the box after Tonks had sold the Histon defence a perfect dummy. This was an impressive start to the Development team's 2018/19 Premiership campaign.
Cambridge City 2 : 3 Billericay Town
No league action for the under 16s, but they took advantage of the free Saturday morning by arranging a match with Billericay Town Girls Under 16s. This was an entertaining match involving two quality teams. For large periods of the game, it was the home side that were on top, however, with the game finishing 3 - 2 to the visitors, City will no doubt feel a little frustrated with the final score. Regardless of that though, a good pre-season workout for both outfits.
City keeper Sally Phelps pushes the ball around the post for a corner
Cambridge City 8 : 0 Godmanchester Rovers
Debutant Sasha Tristram grabbed herself four goals to put the Lilywhites well on their way to securing maximum points in their first league outing of the season against a spirited Godmanchester side. A deserving brace from striker Yael Benjamin and another from Ella Compton added to the City tally, but the goal of the game went to Tiana Walker who worked hard down the left to beat a couple of defenders before unleashing a terrific strike which gave the visiting keeper no chance. A good display from the City defence meant a clean sheet and they were always instrumental in starting moves from the back. Great start to the season. Lots of energy. Well done.
ICA (Peterborough) 0 : 13 Cambridge City
This was the team's first game at 11 v 11 and the girls started brightly, however, it was ICA who had the first chance shooting just wide. This kicked City into life and they quickly raced into a two goal lead. The girls then began to find spaces in the ICA defence and City started to dominate the game. Goals became free flowing and the visitors went in at the break with a nine goal advantage. In the second half the game become a little bit scrappy as changes were made in various positions. However, overall it was a great start to the league season.
On Tuesday evening the girls welcome Melbourn Dynamos Boys to Trinity Old Field for another tough test before travelling to Bourne next Saturday for the next league fixture.
Cottenham United 3 : 2 Cambridge City
The odd goal in five meant that Cottenham United prevented unlucky City from getting anything from this game. The consolation though, is that City contributed to a very exciting encounter. Confidence will remain high in readiness for next week when they play hosts to Glinton and Northborough.
Comberton Crusaders 0 : 7 Cambridge City
The under 13s season started with a clash of the A and B league winners from last season as City travelled to Comberton.
A slightly nervous start from City, despite playing some good football, suddenly made last season's league title win seem a long time ago! But this is a team still packed with talent. This is a team that will still improve. This is a team that has players in it that excite and in all honesty it wasn't long before their superiority shone through.
Numerous chances came and went before a truly fantastic reverse pass from Lucy Short set up Bella Axelsson to open the scoring. A good passing move down the right then produced the opportunity for Leah Holmes to increase the lead with a fine right footed strike into the top corner. At the break the visitors were two nil up.
After the interval, City came out of the blocks at full speed. Second half goals from Emily White (from a corner) and an individual effort from Erin Burling sandwiched a Lucy Short hat-trick. City's power and pace overwhelmed the hosts in the second half. A great start to the season for City, with all the squad playing their part.
Cambourne 1 : 12 Cambridge City
City under 12s were all buzzing to get back out on to a football pitch and they started their season off with the short trip to Cambourne. Being under 12s, it is now 9 v 9 and 'offsides'. The girls took these new challenges in their stride and the team really shone throughout the game. Some great goals, in particular Kia’s hat-trick goal which started from the back and was built up beautifully, finishing with a perfect pass from Yas for Kia to score. The final result was 12-1 to City with goals from Kia (x5), Bel (x2), Yas, Jess, Pops, Amelia and Phoebe.
Histon Hornets v Cambridge City
Due to injuries and holidays, City only had 6 players available for the short trip to Histon. This meant that the girls who were able to make the game had to dig deep. And they certainly did, putting in a massive amount of effort. Histon were very gracious and let us play 6 v 6 and allowed breaks every 10 minutes so the girls could have a rest and a drink. We really appreciated this gesture. Both teams played some lovely football and the spectators obviously appreciated the skill on display. City eventually ran out winners and should be very proud of their performance. A great start to the season, the girls are already looking forward to their next match.
Cambridge City v Chesterton
The under 9s hosted Chesterton in their first ever organised league game (non competitive). It was clearly evident that both teams were excited to get underway and both teams played the game with determination and equally important, with smiles on their faces. City girls were impressive throughout with some great goals being scored and individual challenges met. Well done. The girls are now looking forward to their next game, which is at Sawston on September 22nd.
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