Friday, September 29, 2017

U11's Start Season In Style

Match Report
CYGFL U11s Girls Development League
 Poppleton JFC v Scotton Scorchers JFC
Saturday 16th September 2016

Well here it is! The first match report of the season, with the Scotton Scorchers U11s Girls playing their very first match in a formal league.

Due to low numbers available to Poppleton, who kindly rescheduled the fixture to their ground, Scotton U11s girls squad were able to attend two fixtures today – the U11s at Poppleton and the U10s at HDGFL Gala in Boroughbridge.

And so to Poppleton – the Scorchers girls arrived in a happy mood, excitement of playing their first league fixture. It was a cool, typical autumnal morning, the sun trying to shine through, with the odd shower - but this was not to deter the Scorchers girls.
After a good warm-up with Martin, the girls in our famous black/red stripes gathered for a brief team talk with Wayne.....his last comment to them.... ‘Go and enjoy it girls!!’
Unfortunately, Wayne had to be the man in the middle, so Martin ensured the team were ready for kick off and raring to go!
In the first half, Seren lead the attack, with Kate in midfield and Eleanor and Katherine at the back with the ever reliable safe hands in goal....Jeorgia!

The Scorchers started well, taking control of the game. Lots of good passing between the team, with great runs forward from Kate and Seren. Numerous times, the Scorchers girls got beyond the Poppleton defence, but their keeper seemed to be the one to beat.
However, finally a breakthrough.. Some great passing before a quick run forward from Florence, finding Seren ... goal 1-0 to Scotton.
This didn’t deter Poppleton, who had some great runs forward also, using the pitch and testing the Scorchers defence and Jeorgia...! But, this seemed to spur the girls in red and black on... another great passing move started by Elenor, and finished by Eleanor interchanging with Florence (Seren who had now switched to defense)...2-0 to Scotton.
Another great move followed, a surging run forward by Seren, who beat the Poppleton keeper... 3-0 to Scotton.
Again, from the kick-off, Poppleton pushed forward again but the efforts were comfortably saved by Jeorgia.
Katherine and Eleanor were working well together at the back, and Seren and Florence were making some great attacking runs towards the Poppleton area.
A great start by Scotton. Let’s not forget though, Poppleton were not out of this match, making great runs forward but our ever reliable GK – Jeorgia, coping well with every shot coming her way.
Half Time...3-0 to Scotton!!
So the second half line up – Evie in goal, with Ella and Madeline in defence, Kate and Lily B doing the dual midfield/attack roles.
It was a great start by the Scorchers, a surging run from defence by Madeline, a run that nearly paid off with a goal... for Madeline. A great solo effort, but the Poppleton keeper managed to save the shot.
Ella and Madeline were keeping the girls in orange at bay, but within a few minutes it was soon to be another goal ... to the girls in red/black. Another great attacking move from Kate and Lily B – both interchanging some slick passing... and Lily B got her goal...4-0 to Scotton.
Martin changed things round, with Ella going into an unfamiliar attacking role, with Kate switching to the defence.
Undeterred by the score line, Poppleton surged forward, Evie making some fantastic saves one after another (Scotton’s very own Joe Hart)!!
A brief lapse in concentration by the Scorchers girls... a goal to Poppleton.... 4-1 it was.
However, the final whistle soon blew ...
Full Time -4-1 to the Scotton Scorchers!
A great result, a great team performance and some happy girls in red& black!!
However, credit must also go to the Poppleton girls – irrespective of the score, they still worked hard and didn’t let their heads drop. I’m sure it’ll be a close encounter in the return fixture at Scotton.
Some fantastic football from both teams played in a great spirit and both teams I’m sure will be looking forward to their next fixtures in the CYGFL.

A friendly game followed, with Madeline and Evie being happy to volunteer to were orange to balance up the teams so everyone played. Lily B needed a short rest, but was soon to take charge of goal, so that Georgia could play outfield.

It was also pleasing to see the ever so positive support and lots of clapping from all of the parents... both players and parents making each other proud!!
Congratulations too to Lily B on being awarded the ‘Respect Player of the Day’!!
This was a great start to the season....! Well done everyone!!

Go Scorchers!!

Line Ups         1st Half           Jeorgia, Katherine, Elenor, Florence, Seren
                        2nd Half          Evie, Ella, Madeline, Kate, Lily B