Hitchin Town Belles Under 15

Match Report 2007-2008

Great win as Hitchin storm to 5 unbeaten games in a row

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Sunday, 28th October 2007

Hitchin Town Belles U15  4 v 1  Watford U15

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

Scorers Hitchin; Sammy 2 Alex 1 Watford own goal

Half Time; 2-1

Match Summary

With the demise of the second division Hitchin now grace Division 1 and have the pleasure of entertaining crack sides such as Cambridge, Luton, Kidlington and Tottenham Hotspur in the forth-coming months.

This was their first game in this division and taking their points from the old league Hitchin were joint top with Cambridge before today’s match so a good result was important and Watford do travel well to Ickleford as Hitchin have found to their cost in the past. It has to be said though great to see Hitchin joint top of the league some teams we have not played before will now be asking where is Hitchin and are they a team to beat!

On a wind swept wet autumnal Sunday at Ickleford Hitchin rode the stormy weather and swept Watford aside to continue their unbeaten run and maintain their charge up the table. Hitchin were certainly riders of the storm and let a bit of sunshine in as their fast flowing football aided with a bit of luck saw Watford left reeling. Watford were without their first choice goalkeeper but they have defended very solidly against Hitchin in the previous game so today’s match was not going to be easy.

Both teams started warily not giving much away and the swirling wind made ball control difficult. Sian got an early sniff of goal with a good back header to Sammy but the move broke down because of a Hitchin off side. This proved to be a significant feature of the game and Hitchin really need to watch the back four line and time their runs better if they are not to be caught off side by well disciplined defences like Watford’s. However Hitchin started to nudge forward with some very good work on the right by Alex who apparently did better than the South African Rugby player and did out run the Cheetah! Sarah whipped in some very good crosses, which forced defensive errors one resulting in a corner to Hitchin. Natalie stepped up brightly from defence and chipped some very good passes over the heads of the midfield setting the very fast Louise, Sian and Alex running for those balls.

Then Hitchin had perhaps their biggest piece of luck in the season when Watford in early Christmas spirit put the ball very unfortunately into their own net, a cruel blow to Watford but a gift of a goal to Hitchin who dished out their fair share last week to Tottenham so nice to see it going the other way for a change.

Watford pushed forward looking to equalise and Eva came out very well to defend her area passing the ball intelligently out to put Watford on the back foot. Hitchin won a corner and after a great put in, Natalie rose shark like in the box and put a bullet of a header on target, which was saved magnificently by the Watford keeper.

In the next piece of play good running by Louise let Sammy push forward into the danger zone and she hit a fiery shot well past the keeper to make it 2-0 to Hitchin.

Sammy is keen to make amends for the fact she is going to miss the next 3 games due to a well earned holiday in Goa, unfortunately no one has told Sammy it is the Hurricane season there now!

However back in Ickleford Hitchin were brewing their own Hurricane through Steph who put in some crunching tackles and headers to let Louise have another crack on goal. Steph also had a shot on goal as well and with her powerful right foot she should take more hits at the goal.

The start of the second half saw Hitchin get a nasty wake up call when Watford in a quick move scored within 30 seconds of the restart. Watford then really went for it and stubborn defending by Jo on the left with Rosin putting in another bull dog fighting performance to win the ball saw the Hitchin defence really start to earn its wages. Lauren made some great tackles and Monica worked very hard on the right to keep Watford at bay. Paul had the luxury of subs and gave the whole squad a run out. Keeley played well and Elise in defence continued to develop her game and skills.

Sammy continuing to make amends for her absence in the next few weeks and took a great free kick which sailed straight over the Watford keeper to make it 3-1 to Hitchin and you could see the fire dampen in the Watford teams hearts and their heads started to drop.

Then in one of the best moments of the match Alex who had a very good first half won the ball just inside the Watford half and started on a blistering run leaving smoke coming off her boots as she swept towards the Watford goal before pulling the trigger and launching a fast shot beneath the keeper and into the net to make it 4-1. Watford continued to try and pull one back and in a last gasp saloon piece of defending Elise cleared off her line. Sian and Louise continued to harry up front causing consternation in the Watford defence but in a tense final few minutes Hitchin held firm with Eva dominating in goal to keep it at 4-1. A great win today by Hitchin and their clever ball control and improving on the field communication helped.

It will be really good for them to play the teams in the new division, which will help them develop as a team. Watford always pose a stern challenge and the manner in which Hitchin rose to the occasion was very good. A lot of players out there wanted to win today and this attitude will be needed in spades with some of the very exciting challenges to come. It was so good to see so many happy smiling Hitchin football faces after the match, which lit up an otherwise very grey day.

A big well done to the whole team today you all should be very proud of delivering a very good footballing result.

Girl of the match

Again a very good team performance and a special mention for Steph and Sarah who worked so hard in midfield.

Alex and Sammy share the honours, Sammy for scoring 2 beauties and Alex for an electrifying solo goal may she score many more of those.

Report by Mike Thompson