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Saturday, 9 February 2019

U11A vs The Elms

The Under 11A team took on The Elms today in exciting blustery conditions. The opportunity for loopy passes was rather reduced by the wind speed, so short sharp passing was the order of the day.

We took a bit too long to get used to the playing surface and blue lines and our opposition quickly showed that they were not going to wait around for us to get our heads in gear. 
We made some lovely interceptions and interrupted the flow of their play on a number of occasions but the long and short of it was that The Elms were sharper with their passing and faster thinking than we were. In the first half, they left us looking slightly disordered and by half time they had built up a convincing lead. 
Having acclimatised, we started the third quarter with a fighting spirit. Grace worked hard as GK, sticking as close as she could to her player and tapping the ball offline quite a few times. Matilda M continued her incredible defensive efforts too, making a number of good interceptions in both the centre third and their goal third. 
Sophie showed great grit and determination as centre. She dodged effectively and fed the ball well to those around her. She tried some long passes into the circle too, they didn't work this time -a bit too powerful- but it is great to see that she has listened to some of the other options she has been shown in her training sessions.
A new addition to the A team this week, Annabella, moved brilliantly around the circle and took a number of tricky overhead and slightly out of control catches. Molly, another recent signing,  joined her in the circle in the final third and, assisted well by Annabella, found herself in good shooting positions a number of occasions. The cheers that went up when she managed to score two goals was impressive by all accounts, as was the lovely smile on Molly's face. 
Anastasia enjoyed a run in her old favourite position as WD and showed that she has a good eye for defending as well as in attack. She fed the ball effectively to Chloe on a number of occasions who showed more accuracy in her passes this week. Having been stood with little to do in our attacking circle in the first half of the game, Rosie was bought into the action when she was placed as GK in the final quarter. She worked well trying to stay in front of GS. She certainly had lovely rosy cheeks by the final whistle. 
Overall this was a tough afternoon on the astro but there are, as ever, many positives to be found amongst a few targets for training next week. Brilliant team spirit, resilience and determination were very much on display by the team and, if nothing else, we certainly dominated the encouragement from the sideline. (Thank you supporters, the positive effect you had, right up to the final whistle, was very much appreciated.)

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