Hitchin Town Belles Under 15

Match Report 2007-2008

Spurs snatch the win in close match

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Sunday, 30th March 2008

Tottenham Hotspur U15  2 v 0  Hitchin Town Belles U15

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

U15 League Table after Sunday’s game

11 Teams Games 
Cambridge City U15 20 17 2 1 77 17 +60 53
Luton Town U15 17 16 1 0 111 9 +102 49
Kidlington Girls U15 18 15 1 2 79 19 +60 46
Hampstead U15 19 11 1 7 69 41 +28 34
Tottenham Hotspur U15A 17 9 1 7 42 32 +10 28
Hitchin Town Belles U15 17 7 1 9 32 43 -11 22
Harvesters U15 16 5 1 10 21 37 -16 16
Tottenham Hotspur U15B 18 3 2 13 21 96 -75 11
Enfield Town U15 17 3 1 13 16 55 -39 10
Watford Ladies U15 15 2 1 12 15 53 -38 7
Luton Town Hatters U15 18 2 0 16 8 89 -81 6

Half Time; 1-0

Match Report

It seems an age ago since the team last played a competitive match and a mixture of bad weather and cancellations meant the team were a all a bit rusty especially after all of the rain of late. Hopes were lifted that a result was possible on this away trip but it was not to be and the effects of a long layoff with Louise and Roisin both bravely battling injuries meant the team never really got to fire on all cylinders. It was one of those days when the ball just bounced the wrong way and luck was just not their side. Eva was also not available and so Natalie bravely stepped into the role of keeper.

Hitchin started brightly in the early spring sunshine and a nice touch from Keeley saw Sammy in with an early shot on goal just off target. Steph charged down a loose ball to set up Sian who passed quickly backed to Sammy but the ball just slipped from Sammy’s foot.

Spurs then started to probe the Hitchin defence and won 2 corners on the trot. The defence cleared the lines well with Lauren and Monica stepping up to mark to make the tackles that count.

Spurs turned up the pressure and forced Natalie into making 2 good saves. Louise worked hard to turn defence into attack and made a good run ably supported on the right by Alex who put pressure on the opposition well.

Sammy then made a great run and whipped in a super cross which was met full on by Alex’s head and skidded just wide of the upright.

However Spurs quickly countered and on a fast break their striker unleashed a great shot that beat a flying diving Natalie to put Spurs in the lead. It has to be said it was against the run of play.

The game then entered a quiet spell with neither side dominating the action. However Hitchin carved out a great opening with good work from Sarah letting Sammy through for a clear shot on goal but the Spurs keeper made the save. Sammy late in the half won a free kick just outside the area and again the Spurs keeper made the save.

Half time and the team looked in need of a breather.

Natalie stayed in goal and Spurs took the game to Hitchin, Lauren again cleared well and Natalie had another save to make.

The Hitchin defence were now working hard with Elise replacing the injured Roisin and Keeley tracking back well to help out. Louise released the pressure with a good break but the match became rather scrappy with neither side able to string the passes together or make a dent into the opposite defence. Monica made a great tackle and forced an attacking Spurs player wide and Sian full of running made a good run back to help out. Louise and Sammy again led the charge forward with Steph and Sarah supporting well from midfield but the Spurs defence were coping with everything Hitchin could throw at them. Lauren and Alex combined to make some good tackles but Natalie was called into action to make a very good save off the line. Steph working hard put Louise through who then cleverly passed to Sian whose shot was just wide.

In the last minute of the game Spurs struck and in some desperate last minute defending the ball was bundled over the line, which was a cruel turn of fate for the Hitchin team.

Some flashes of real skill from the team but despite some good chances being created the lack of match practice just told. Not a lot of difference between these two teams now. That was certainly not the case 2 years ago!

There was a happy ending for one of the team-Natalie despite searching most of North London was pleased at 3pm on Sunday to receive her reward for going in goal a big cheeseburger.

3 matches to go and Hitchin can consolidate a very good position in the table of which they should be proud.

Girl of the match

Natalie a very assured and confident goalkeeping display with some very good saves and great kicks from the dead ball. Even the Spurs supporters remember Eva’s big kicks and Natalie won some praise from the home supporters for her goal keeping display. A special mention to Louise and Roisin battling injury and Monica who also volunteered to go in goal.

Report by Mike Thompson