Hitchin Town Belles Under 15

Match Report 2007-2008

Firework night starts early for Cambridge who end Hitchin’s unbeaten run of 6 games.

01034 hits since November 7, 2007

Sunday, 4th November 2007

Hitchin Town Belles U15  0 v 10  Cambridge U15

Players: Elise, Alex, Roisin, Louise (Captain), Sarah, Natalie, Lauren, Keeley, Monica, Sammy, Sian, Stephanie,Eva, Joanna.

Half Time; 0 -7

Match Summary

A beautiful and very warm November day saw the first visit of the big guns from the newly created league. Cambridge who were top of the Division 1 table met Hitchin top of the old Division 2 table.

Always a very classy side Cambridge play a lovely passing game and after their defeat by Hitchin in a cup game last year they were really up for this match. Hitchin were strangely subdued despite having gone into the match on their best wining streak in years.

Cambridge struck quickly and within 10 minutes they were 3 nil up and there was no way back for Hitchin, the match was lost in those first few vital minutes. The first half was all one way with a fluid Cambridge tearing apart the Hitchin midfield and defence. There was a rally of sorts after Hitchin went 4 nil down but then Cambridge swamped the Hitchin team who made a number of unforced errors that were severely punished by Cambridge every time. Hitchin were lucky to come in at half time only 7 nil down and the whistle to end the half could not come soon enough.

Hitchin heads had dropped and all credit to Paul who made a great half time team talk to try and remotivate a very shell-shocked team.

The second half saw Hitchin rally and restrict Cambridge to only 3 goals. The Hitchin defence, midfield and attack improved to start to put some pressure on Cambridge and there were several near misses but luck was not smiling on Hitchin today. It was ironic that in the final move of the match a Hitchin shot beat the Cambridge goalkeeper only for it to hit the bar and ricochet over the line.

There is no doubt Hitchin would have won the old Division 2 league and this step up into the new league caught the Belles unprepared.

There will be some very tough sides to play in the new league but with the points amassed already Hitchin can look forward to a least finishing in a decent place in the league. This change of pace will be a great learning opportunity and in the coming season Hitchin can only learn and improve and inflict a few shocks of their own.

All credit to the Hitchin team for coming out in the second half and showing some real guts to face such a rampant Cambridge side who look to be favourites to win the league. Cambridge play some lovely football and always play the game in the spirit it is meant to be and so do Hitchin.

It was unfortunate to be bought back to Earth with such a bump after such a great run of results but good teams learn from their mistakes and then move on. Think about the England Rugby team thrashed in the group stages of the World cup no one gave them a snow flakes chance in a bonfire to be in the World cup final but they did and it was all down to attitude. Hitchin just need to look at all of their positives and not give the opposition too much respect, on their day they can beat anyone.

Report by Mike Thompson