Wednesday 4 March vs Holmer Green (A)
The months of practice and training came to fruition as the team played their first competitive game. With 17 girls in the club, competition for the 11 squad places was tough and the girls felt the pressure of their places being up for grabs. It was a tentative start to the game as the girls found playing against a different team strange and it took the entire first half for the team to settle.
After an incisive team talk, reminding the girls of what they had done in training and a few tactical changes the girls soon found their stride. With Jessica C, in her role as captain, dominated the midfield more and more and Molly W resolute in goal, the girls grew in confidence and a great through ball put Skye M clear to make it 1-0. Despite some late pressure from Holmer Green where they had chances to equalise the girls held on for a 1-0 victory.
Squad: Molly W (player of the match), Hannah W, Jessica M-H, Helen N, Jessica C (c), Maddie B, Skye M, Amy H, Sophie O and Leona W.
Thursday 12 March vs Great Missenden (A)
After last week’s result and a great training session on Monday the girls were buoyed ahead of their 2nd game. Unfortunately, again the girls made a slow start and invited some pressure from a very strong and physically aggressive team from Great Missenden. After a series of corners and swiftly returned goalkicks the pressure told and Great Missenden deservedly scored.
This seemed to kick start the girls and slowly but surely they grew in confidence and started to play more cohesively, passing and moving in a better manner. However, one huge clearance upfield and Great Missenden scored again.
After half time the girls really played some impressive football, with one great move sweeping the ball from our penalty box to Great Missenden’s with 3 passes and some lovely dribbling, from Amy H, to Sophie A, to Jessica C to India K, who only narrowly missed. Despite our continued pressure and increasingly fluent play we could not break down their defence and a fluke goal left the game 3-0 and a disappointing result, as the girls played better than last week.
Squad: Molly W, Hannah W, Helen N, Jessica M-H, Jessica C (c), Georgina G, Skye M, Sophie A (player of the match), Amy H, Sophie O and India K.
Well played to all of the girls and keep up the training!