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We couldn't do it without you!
Without the amazing generosity of our sponsors, Cambridge City Ladies and Girls teams would struggle to be in a position to provide the necessary kit, equipment and resources that are required to run a successful football club. The Club would like to take this opportunity to formally record our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the companies and individuals (past and present) who have chosen to be a part of our footballing family by providing much needed financial support (or otherwise) through sponsorship of the teams, in a variety of ways. It really is very much appreciated.
Our thanks go to the below for their support during this current season:
AES - Anglia Environmental Services
Beeson Property Rentals
Cambridge Smile Studio
Coulson Building Group
EPH - Ely Plumbing and Heating
FWD-IP - Forward Thinking In Technology
G & H Scaffolding
Gentleman Trims Barbershop
Heatflo Plumbing & Heating Services
J & J Drake
JMP Partner Farriery and Consultancy
Maypole Public House
NGG CAM Solutions
ORC Printware Promotions
Radcliffe and Rust Estate Agents
SJB Electrical Contracting
SMC Cleaning Services
Independent Schools Football Association
Next week, City Girls will once again welcome two ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) national representative teams for what has become an annual footballing event in the City calendar. As usual, there will be an under 16 fixture, followed by an under 18 one. Both matches will take place under floodlights at Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, PE28 2NR, on Thursday 25th October 2018. The younger teams kick off at 6pm, with the older age group starting at 8pm. Why not come along and watch. Free entry.
Now to the match reports.............
March Town United 0 : 3 Cambridge City
The Development team before their victory at March
A Captain Cullum hat trick secures the points at March.
A difficult start to the day when the City Development team were held up in traffic en route to March. The referee was also caught up in the problem, so a delayed kick off was inevitable. However, what followed was a proper game of football with both sides trying to play a passing game in the horrible wind and rain.
City started strong as usual and had half a chance on seven minutes when Lucy Hurst took a short corner to Jade Powell who found Emily Reed on edge of box but her snap shot flew over the bar. The remainder of first half was fairly even with neither team able to break down two stubborn defences. However, it was March who finished the half the stronger team and had their best period of play just before the break. With no real chances from either side during the first half, it was hard to see where a goal was actually going to come from.
Half Time 0 : 0
A rocket from Emily Reed that just went over the bar
The visitors started the second period with a bit more tempo to their game and went ahead on 52 minutes when Ellie Cullum played a quick one two with Yas Crow on edge of box and she drove home low to the bottom left hand corner. It was all City now and they went further ahead three minutes later when Cullum was first to pick up on a loose ball in the box and managed to score off the inside of the post. City now started to dominate the game with Rachel Pearce and Anna Kanz busily tidying everything up in midfield. Midway through the second half, following a partly cleared corner, Captain Cullum made the game safe when she completed her hat trick when she surprised the keeper with an overhead kick into the top right hand corner of the net.
Another clean sheet from City, with very good performances at the back from Jade Powell and her young “apprentices” Jess Struthers and Amy Ozakpinar who are gaining in confidence with every game.
Full Time 0 : 3
An excellent start to season for the City Development team, with four wins from four away games and currently sitting top of the league. March made City work very hard for the three points and their performance was much better than their current league position suggests with their two central defenders having exceptional games. Finally, a mention for the referee, Jamie Palmer, who had an excellent game, together with the two “soaked through” linesmen.
Glinton and Northborough 0 : 3 Cambridge City
City headed north, on what is probably their longest away trip of the season, to play Glinton and Northborough. Although the name of the club is new to the league, the team is actually the old Yaxley team from last season. Yaxley finished runners up to City in the 2017/18 campaign, so the visitors knew what to expect.
In the early stages of the first half, City struggled to get the ball down and pick out passes, whereas Glinton were playing some nice passing football in the middle of the park, though their possession didn't lead to any shots or threats on the City goal - due mainly to the solid back line of Jessica Davenport, Ceri Flye, Katie Prior and Jess Utting all doing their jobs well and protecting Sally Phelps in goal.
The introduction of Cerys Want into the middle of the park soon began to disrupt the fluidity of the home team and this then allowed City midfielders Freya Standing and Amie Fullwood to take more control of the game. City utilised Aino Turunen and Ellie Wilkerson on each flank, but it was still proving tricky to find that final ball in front of goal.
At the break it remained goalless. City had just edged the first period but had nothing to show for it.
For the first five minutes of the second half, Glinton were the most productive and City's back line had to absorb some decent pressure from the hosts. Phelps in goal was commanding. The early second half pressure from the home side soon ceased though and it wasn't long before the Lilywhites took a real grip on the game and started to dominate. Rose Hastings started to cause major problems down the left which allowed City to apply pressure of their own, wearing Glinton down, with City playing higher up the pitch. Great work from Hastings allowed her to cut back inside and find Standing waiting on the edge of the box. Standing made a brilliant run towards goal, only to be brought down with a clumsy challenge. No complaints from Glinton as a penalty was awarded. Unsure who was taking the penalty, returning Ellie Wilkerson confidently stepped up and drove the ball to the right of the keeper. One nil to City
From here on, City dominated all over the pitch and never really looked back. Moves started to flow and a through ball from Wilkerson allowed Issy Bryant to show her electric pace and strength taking on four players and smash the ball past the home keeper. City doubled their advantage.
Phelps and the back four continued to stay strong and as they commanded the game from the back it allowed City to play their game. When Jess Douglas came on, she continued applying the pressure high up the pitch, forcing Glinton to concentrate on defending.
The third and final goal came from Bryant again. Knowing that Glinton were unable to match her pace, she took advantage of receiving the ball on the half way line and quickly got into top gear, taking on four players. As she started her run, there was no stopping her and similar to her first goal, she cut in from the right, leaving everyone behind her. The Glinton keeper was given no chance in keeping the ball out. At this point the game was won, but it was good to see that City still understood the importance of managing the game right to the final whistle.
City showed determination, trust and great team moral to stick together when initially things didn't quite gel. A great team performance and a well deserved victory.
Cerys Want deservedly won girl of the game as she was instrumental in changing the game from the middle of the park.
Squad: Sally Phelps, Katie Prior, Rose Hastings, Jessica Davenport, Ellie Wilkerson, Cerys Want, Freya Standing, Issy Bryant, Amie Fullwood, Ella Moghadas (C), Jess Douglas, Ceri Flye and Aino Turunen.
Netherton United 0 : 5 Cambridge City
City made the long trip to Netherton (Peterborough) on Saturday to face not only the last team to defeat them over a year ago but also to fend off gale force winds and heavy showers!
With three regular players unavailable, Jess Chaloner and Ruby Want were added to the squad, while Erin Burling got off her sick bed to sit on the bench in case of an emergency.
The visitors were on fire from the opening seconds, when Lucy Short shot over the bar inside a minute. This set the trend for most of the opening period. City were dominating but chances were wasted. The deadlock was broken midway through the half though, when Bella Axelsson put the Lilywhites in front following a pacey attack down the right from Leah Holmes.
City’s control of the game continued in the second half but this time they reaped the rewards of their attacking play. Bella Axelsson added two more to complete her hat trick, while Ruby Want added a brace during an almost frenzied attacking display.
Steadfast in defence and expressive in midfield, City were rarely troubled on Saturday and proudly sit top of their league having got maximum points from their opening five fixtures.
Haddenham Rovers v Cambridge City
The talented City under 11s team ready to face Haddenham
At the start of the game, the girls had to contend with sun in their eyes and an almost summery feel to the day. By the end of the match, it was umbrellas and coats for the spectators! But nothing could dampen the obvious enjoyment that both teams got from this match. Played in good spirits and with an abundance of talent on show, it was a pleasure to see both teams determined to play free flowing, passing football. Well done girls.
City v United - FA Cup Countdown
Don't forget to put a note in your diary for Sunday 11th November. City will be entertaining local rivals Cambridge United Women in the first round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup. Kick off 1pm at Trinity Old Field, Grange Road, Cambridge. It should be a cracker! Lets get all the City family there cheering the Ladies on.
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