Hitchin Town Belles Under 12

Match Report 2007-2008

Sunday, 28th October 2007

Hitchin Town Belles U12  3 v 0  Northwood U12

Hitchin Goals; Elodie (1), Northwood OG (1), Alex (1 Penalty)

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Match Report

Hitchin made it three wins in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win over Northwood. Having only 9 players did not help the visitors, but they put up a fighting performance to make Hitchin work hard for the points. Play was not helped by wet and very windy conditions.

With the strong wind at their backs Hitchin pressed hard from the start and they enjoyed all of the territory and possession in the first half. After only 5 minutes Helen played the ball through to Elodie in a central position and she slotted home from 10 yards for her eleventh goal of the season! Hitchin continued to press hard and chances came frequently. Letitia shot wide from a promising position and Abigail also went close. The lead was doubled after 20 minutes after a series of corners to Hitchin. Elodie fired in a strong cross and in the confusion the ball went into the net off a Northwood defender. The continuing pressure brought the 3rd goal. The ball was played in the goalmouth and a defender handled the ball on the line and a penalty was awarded. Hitchin has no assigned penalty taker but Alex took the responsibility and fired confidently into the left corner of the goal. Despite more chances Hitchin did not add to the score.

At 3-0 at half time it was looking like Hitchin were on the way to a very big win. However all credit should go to Northwood who continued to work hard and defend stoutly with only 9 players. Hitchin pressed hard with several good chances to add to the lead. Elodie, Fleur, Helen and Letitia all went close. The Northwood goalkeeper had an excellent game making a number of good saves. Not unexpectedly the Belles enjoyed most of the territory and possession but Northwood managed a couple of attacks with Amy making her only save of the game.

The game finished at 3-0 to Hitchin and player of the match went to Alex for a strong all round performance and an expertly taken penalty.

Player of the Match; Alex

Manager's award; Ilana