Hitchin Town Belles Under 15

Match Report 2007-2008

Hats off to Hitchin as they earn morale boosting win.

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Sunday, 17th February 2008

Hitchin Town Belles U15 †4 v 0† Luton Town Hatters U15

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

Scorers Hitchin; Sian (2) Alex 1 Sammy 1

Half Time; 1-0

Match Summary

A bright cold, calm beautiful Sunday afternoon with not a cloud in the sky at Ickleford and the result matched the day with Alex sporting a new hat to keep out the cold striking a beauty of a shot to help seal a good win for the belles.

Luton travelled with a very large team of supporters, who bought a really good atmosphere to the match. However Paul could just about be heard in the crucial moments and later in the match as Hitchin cruised to victory he could be heard even more.

The first half started at a brisk pace with Sammy and Sian linking up with some good interchanges and these quickly paid off as Sian threaded a lovely pass to Sammy who rounded the keeper to make it 1-0.

The Luton keeper was tested throughout the game by a series of shots and made some brave and quite stunning saves otherwise there would have been even more on the Hitchin score sheet. Likewise at the Hitchin defence end Eva had only 2 shots to save and came out well to drill a back pass well up field but Natalie, Roisin, Monica, Elise and Keeley were not really tested as Luton focussed on defending against the twisting turning runs of Louise and the ever present threat of Alex on the right, Sarah and Sian in the centre with Sammy continually tormenting defenders on the left. Steph played well and hit some thunderbolt shots, which scorched just wide on several occasions.

The number of chances created was really good but the first half ended with the Belles just with their noses in front and no goals conceded so all credit to Roisin, Natalie, Elise, Keeley and Monica.

The second half started with a Luton revival as the Belles took their foot of the pedal and stated to free wheel. There was a definite need for players to talk to each other and call for the ball, however just as the tension was rising and Luton were looking more and more confident up popped Alex on the right and hit a screamer of a shot over the keeper and into the net a great goal and much relief on the Belles side. Straight from the restart Sammy and Sian ran riot with Sammy finally slotting a pass across the goal which was not missed by Sian who put the ball in the net to make it 3-0. Lutonís resistance then effectively ended. Louise again drove forward with Sian never stopping running to create the chances. There were a series of off sides and Hitchin do need to address this side of their game by just checking where the last person in the defence is before they charge forward.

However Sarah had another good run at the defence and her fearsome shot was only parried into the path of our master goal scorer Sian who ruthlessly buried it to make the score it 4-0 to Hitchin. The Belles then relaxed and really started to enjoy their football and yes even started to speak to each other on the pitch.

There was a late flurry of pressure from Hitchin as Natalie let fly with a powerful header that just went over the top from a corner.

The confidence and morale started to really lift and it was a pleasure to see the team enjoy its football after a series of defeats against very hard opposition.

Overall a very good result with the defence looking much more comfortable and some excellent midfield work by Louise, Steph and Sammy really letting Sian and Sarah get on target with the opportunities.

Next week Kidlington visit Hitchin. They are an extremely good side but the Belles are more than capable of creating an upset and if they can sustain their very positive attitude and confidence then a famous scalp could be there for the taking.

Girl of the match

Sian: full of running and in the right spot at the right time to score. A really deadly forward in the critical moments.

Report by Mike Thompson