Hitchin Town Belles Under 12

Match Report 2007-2008

Sunday, 30th September 2007

Hitchin Town Belles U12  2 v 3  Hoddesdon Owls

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Match Report

Hitchin entertained top of the table Hoddesdon Owls on Sunday and what a game they gave them. Despite only having 11 players and therefore, unlike the opposition, no substitutes, they pushed them all the way only going down 3-2 to a very late goal.

A change of formation with Alex taking the goalkeepers jersey, Amy and Lateisha moving into midfield and Helen left-back seemed to give Hitchin a better balance and the first 10 mins. were very even. Then on 12 mins.Hitchin took the lead when a move up field saw Elodie calmly take the ball around the keeper and into an empty net. Hoddesdon then pushed on and Alex had to make a couple of smart saves to retain the lead. However she could do nothing after 20 mins. When a strong cross shot found the corner of the net and an equaliser for Hoddesdon. There was time for Hitchin to almost regain the lead when a strong run from Lateisha saw her shot from the edge of the box run agonisingly inches wide of the post.

In the second half good football from both sides saw chances at either end but Hitchin found themselves 2-1 down after 45 mins. after a very unfortunate ricochet resulted in an own goal. However Hitchin would`t lay down and particularly strong work from Amy forced Hoddesdon back. The goal keeper kicked the ball out and a very good tackle from Lateisha saw the ball fly high into the oppositions net, her first goal for the team taking the score to 2-2. With 5 mins to go Hoddesdon were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Despite forming a good wall a tremendous shot saw the ball fly into the net.

This was a great match enjoyed by players and supporters and if Hitchin can maintain this commitment they should enjoy successes this winter.

Girls of the match

A well-deserved Girl of the Match award went to Lateisha and a special award from the manager to Helen for playing well despite feeling under the weather.

Report by Karen Wrigley