We travelled to Whitgift school, South Croydon to play in the U18 girls indoor National final as East Champions. The girls knew we had to start well to give us a great chance of progressing to the final.
The first game was against the West champions and eventual winners Isca. We started strongly and at half time were leading 3-2. After the break in a frantic 2 minute period we found ourselves 5-3 behind. We kept pushing but despite pulling a goal back we lost the game 6-4. Magpies goal scorers were 2 x Lauren Rowe and 2 x Tor Findlay.
Next up were Wycombe who qualified as runners up from the South. This was a close hard fought game. The match finished 3-1 to Wycombe with Lauren Rowe scoring the magpies goal.
On Sunday we had a 9.35 am start against Beeston who were the Midlands champions. Both teams battled hard with both teams having some early chances. Beeston went 2-0 ahead midway through the 1st half, Lauren Rowe quickly scored to reduce the score to 2-1 but Beeston scored again and went in at half time 3-1 ahead. In a very even 2nd half both sides created chances but it was Beeston who scored again, the final score was 4-1 to Beeston.
The last Pool game and our last match was against the North runners up Brooklands. After 3 defeats the squad could have gone into this match with negative thoughts, but they have shown a great togetherness over the past few weeks and this was demonstrated by racing to a 4-0 lead in the first 8 mins. Magpies never let up and scored 3 more goals in the 2nd half. The match finished 7-2 to Magpies. Goal scorers were Lauren Rowe x 2, Sophie Child x 2, Tor Findlay x 2, Anna Tighe x 1.
The win in the last match wasn’t enough for us to progress to the Semi final, but we can be proud that each game was close and hopefully we can build on this ready for next year.
Unfortunately in the last match Olivia Locke broke her finger. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Squad : Alice Gooch (GK), Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay (captain), Sophie Child, Olivia Locke.
Coaches – Rob Sorrell + Nick McAllen
Manager – Andrew Woollatt
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