Hitchin Town Belles Under 15

Match Report 2007-2008

Tottenham tumble as Hitchin aces gun them down in first game of the new season

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Sunday, 16th September 2007

Tottenham Hotspur B  0 v 3  Hitchin Town Belles U15

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

Scorers Hitchin; Louise 2 Keeley 1

Half Time; 0-1

Match Report

A warm and sunny morning greeted us on our first of 2 visits to North London this year. Last year in the same match Hitchin won by 2 goals to 1 in a nervous and close match. We had the same weather but a much better performance as Hitchin created more chances on goal but just failed to hit them home. On another day it could have been double figures.

The match started with some early Hitchin pressure with Louise having the first shot on target. Lauren made some good passes over the Tottenham midfield to let the Hitchin forwards Sian and Keeley take on the defenders. The Hitchin pressure nearly told early on with a madcap goalmouth scramble at the Tottenham end nearly finished by a very good shot from Sarah. Sarah ran midfield very well and made some telling passes with Alex also coming close with a shot. Sian worked hard up front creating the space and linking well with Alex and Keeley. Sammy and Sian resumed their partnership with Sammy providing some dangerous passes for Sian to latch onto. Tottenham fought back and forced 2 corners in quick succession. Monica was great in defence and continued her impressive form from last season not only winning the first ball but also making the second count. Alex ran like the wind on the right hand side and got to balls that looked if they were definitely going out. However the more the match went on without the Hitchin pressure providing the goal the atmosphere on the pitch from both teams was very subdued. Tottenham taking advantage of the lull had a very near miss, which gave Hitchin the wake up call they needed. In the 30th minute Sarah hit a beauty of a pass straight into the path of Keeley who coolly kept her head to slot the ball home to make it 1 nil to Hitchin. Every body drew a sigh of relief and Hitchin continued to crank up the pressure with Keeley playing very well on the left in attack. Jo and Elise worked hard in defence against a very quick Tottenham forward line and made some very good stopping tackles. Lauren and Natalie worked well to neutralise a number of attacks and pushed the ball back through the middle when they won it. In fact the whole defence looked a good solid unit not easily pulled out of line and not frightened to get stuck in. Natalie deserves a special mention for playing with a very badly bruised right foot, which was heavily strapped for the match.

The second half started with Sammy really making an impact on the game and firing just over the bar. Two very good passes from Sarah saw real danger for Tottenham but they were scrambled away and but for some excellent goal keeping by the Tottenham keeper it could have been a brace of goals in as many minutes. However Louise won the ball deep in the Tottenham half and hit home a rocket of a shot to make it 2 nil to Hitchin. Louise then made a super run that saw her shoot just wide. Sarah bought out another good save from the Tottenham keeper. Eva who until this stage of the match had touched ball twice was bought into action as Tottenham surged forward. She made a great save when one on one with a Tottenham attacker and then from the following corner made a very good save down to her left. Hitchin counter attacked and Louise in another flowing move rounded the keeper to slot home Hitchin’s third. The match was all then one way and in one very notable attack Sammy ran from deep inside her own half took on the whole Tottenham team and narrowly shot wide the jinking superb run deserved a better result. Sian played bravely throughout despite suffering a leg injury. The game ended after Natalie tried a spectacular overhead shot on goal, which unfortunately went wide. This was a good result against a side who are very tight in giving away goals and it is start to the season Hitchin needed. There is a real chance to win this league this season for Hitchin, however there is more to be done, there was not enough talking on the pitch, chances have to be converted but after a long summer lay off there is lots of potential in this team to step up on last years success and win some silverware.

Girl of the match

Louise always shines against Tottenham and really ended the Tottenham resistance with a great 2nd goal and sealed the win with a very composed 3rd goal.

Report by Mike Thompson