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Match Report 2009 - 2010

Saturday, 27th March 2010


Bury Rangers 3 v 1 Hitchin Hearts Belles



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The Belles slim hopes of becoming league champions this season was finally ended this morning with a defeat at the hands of Bury Rangers girls. After a pulsating 3-3 draw at Chambers Lane back in October, hopes were high for another entertaining clash.

Kinnari was captain for todays game after last weeks win against Watford, and she won the toss and elected to give the Belles kick off. Right from the start it was obvious that Bury were looking for the win and werenít going to let Hitchin settle on the ball as they produced several attacks in the first few minutes. Fortunately Meg was awake at the back and with Nicoles help, managed to thwart these early probes. Bury were much more up for the fight as they began to boss the midfield ,winning the vast majority of the challenges. Still Bury pushed on and after a flurry of corners they deservedly took the lead, halfway through the first half, when a good run and pass down the left wing, left the Belles chasing shadows and the ball found an unmarked forward who made sure her shot was going to hit the back of the net. The Belles didnít heed this wake up call and could have gone even further behind just a minute later as Bury sliced through the Hitchin midfield and defence but luckily put wide of the target. Hitchin had a great chance to level the scores after Emily made a fantastic left wing run, catching out the Bury defence for the only time in the first half, but her effort was in vain as her pass rolled across an empty penalty area, begging for a Belles foot to poke it in to the goal.Two minutes before halftime Bury doubled their lead when the Belles goalkeeper could only knock her clearance against the post and in to her own goal.

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Do you like the smell of my new perfume? Sasa stops a Bury attack Nicole chasing back

Half time: 2-0

Nicole took over in goal from the inconsolable Tanya for the second half. The second half started off on a better note as the Belles began to win challenges and they started to push forward and attack and had soon won a couple of corners in succession. Bury, however, arenít a team to sit on a lead and 9 minutes in to the second half went 3 up as the Belles defence failed to clear their lines and the Belles knew it was almost over for another year. Yet that 3rd goal stirred them in to action and Sasa, who switched to an attacking role went close after a great run up the wing. Sadiesí goal kicks, for Nicole, also started to open up and worry the Bury midfield and defence. The Belles were now showing some fight and with Meg, Ciara and Jess putting in some great tackles and passes the Belles were showing glimpses of the game they can play. The Bury defence played well to stop Sadie getting off shots from outside the box and they also did well to stop Sasa and Emily getting a goal back. However they were powerless with 7 minutes to go, to stop Tanya hitting her first goal of the season with a fantastic strike from outside the area that had the net bulging. Could the Belles salvage something from this game. Still they pushed forward, with Sadie , Jess, Sasa and Kinnari all making space for shots but Bury held firm and deservedly hung on for the win that almost guarantees them the title.

The girls were bitterly disappointed with the result and knew that if they had started the game as they finished, it would have been a much tighter affair. Thereís still one league game remaining, and depending on the result of todays St Albans v Borehamwood game , the Belles can yet achieve runners up spot and thereís also the little matter of the County Cup semi-final v...Bury!!

Team: Tanya, Meg(The Wall), Nicole, Jess, Ciara, Kinnari, Sasa, Emily, Sadie.


Player of the Game: From the depths of despair to the joys of scoring her first league goal.. Tanya. Absolutely distraught with Burysí second goal, came out on pitch and tried to do something about it scoring one of the goals of the season in the process.


Report by: Rob Kovacs