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Match Report 2009 - 2010

Saturday, 7th November 2009

St Albans City 2 v 4 Hitchin Hearts Belles

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The girls made the trip to St Albans for their return to league action this week and it was an opportunity to show what they had learned from their poor showing in last weekends friendly at Woburn. A lovely, crisp autumn afternoon greeted the girls as they stepped off the team bus to the tune of “..Here come the Belles..” (now the U10s official anthem) the girls own take on the Sugababes hit “Here come the girls” which was played over and over on the i-pod for the girls to sing at the top of their voices as they travelled along the A1.

For only the second time this season there was a full squad to choose from as Kinnari returned from a foot injury suffered in September. Sasa, captain for the day won the toss and the Belles kicked off. The first few minutes were quite even but in the 6th minute a mix up in the Hitchin defence allowed the St Albans stiker in and she made no mistake in beating Tania to put them 1 up. The Belles though, never let their heads go down and with some “gentle verbal encouragement” from the coaching staff the girls endeavoured to get an equalizer. That goal arrived in the 12th minute as Sasa won the ball in her own area, hit a long pass up the left wing to Emily who ran level with the St Albans area before picking out Sadie in the box to slot home a well deserved leveller. Both sides searched for the lead, the Belles with their delightful passing play and St Albans with their two big target strikers, but that’s how it stayed until halftime.

Half time: 1-1

The second half started as the first had finished with both sides attacking and looking for that elusive second goal but with Meg mopping up everything that did manage to get through to the Belles area it was looking as though the game was heading for a draw. That was until 7 minutes in to the half, when a fast St Albans break caught most of the Belles out of position and their centre forward beat Ursula, who had taken over in goal at half time. Within a minute St Albans hit the Belles post which would have put the girls two goals behind but, instead, this seemed to wake the girls up and they started playing some sublime football. Two minutes later the Belles got their reward, when an excellent tackle and pass from Jess again found Emily who crossed to the waiting Sadie for her to strike the back of the net for her second. Game on! Meg, Nicole and Jess started to boss both defence and midfield and after substituting the tiring Kinnari and busy Ciara, Sasa and Tanya found the space they needed to push forward. With 4 minutes left, a St Albans goal kick fell straight to Sasa, 15 yards out, who controlled the ball before firing straight back in to the St Albans net for her first goal of the season but, more importantly, put the Belles up for the first time in the game. Yet more was to come though, as 90 seconds later, Sasa again found room down the left wing and running from deep inside her own half managed to get level with the St Albans penalty area before cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot past a surprised goalkeeper, a contender for goal of the season. The final whistle seemed an eternity in coming, but eventually it did and the girls proudly retain their unbeaten league record. After last weeks defeat in the friendly the girls showed their ability to learn from their mistakes and, particularly during the second half, their work rate and passing game was a pleasure to behold. Every single player worked their socks off and put 100% effort in to the game, and the girls didn’t stop running until the whistle went at the end. This has made my job of choosing this weeks player of the game a difficult but also pleasurable task.

Hitchin Team: Tanya, Meg (“The Wall”), Jess, Ciara, Nicole, Ursula, Victoria, Sasa, Kinnari, Emily, Sadie

Player of the Game: After careful deliberation, Meg, solid in defence and talked all game.

Report by: Rob Kovacs