Girls U16 v Sudbury U16 (Home (EHC) W 2-1)

On a bright and pleasantly warm (relative for February) afternoon at the Nest the U16’s knew that to continue their season they needed to avoid defeat against a strong and competitive Sudbury side. The game started brightly with the Magpies on the front foot pushing Sudbury’s back line deeper and deeper looking for a chink in their armour. With 10 minutes on the clock the breakthrough came. Good work from the midfield and forwards operating the high pressed saw the Magpies win the ball from a Sudbury 16, Cantrell ran wide slipping the ball back towards the p spot where Wiseman cooly slotted passed the oncoming keeper. 1 – 0. Everyone was working hard with the Magpies having the majority of possession but always being wary of the fast breaking Sudbury. Good defending from Reader, Woollatt and the ever present Herschel Shoreland kept them at bay with the midfield of Williamson, Warnes, Hilaire and Eglington picking up loose balls and finding space to set the forwards on their way. Chances came and went from both open play and short corners but with the radar off kilter the score stayed at 1 – 0 until halftime.

The second half went much the same as the first. Magpies with a little more of the possession but Sudbury a constant threat on the break forcing a number of excellent saves from Farrow. A big squad of 16 all played at least a small part with Salsby, Evans Hendrick and Collinson providing good attacking options with Moodie and Slade covering well at the back. Ramsdale making her debut worked hard in the midfield as Magpies pushed for another to try and make the game comfortable. With 5 to go it finally came with Cantrell hitting a crisp reverse stick shot into the bottom right hand corner. The action didn’t finish there though with Sudbury fighting to the last forcing a short corner which they converted with 2 minutes to go. The Magpies girls though held on comfortably to see them through to the regionals on 11th March.

Team. Beth Farrow, Beth Moodie, Faith Reader, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Emma Williamson, Molly Warnes, Izzy Slade, Alice Wiseman(Bobby), Keisha Hilaire, Georgie Cantrell, Grace Collinson, Mimi Salsby, Immy Ramsdale.