Development team knocked out of cup

SAMMY Barlow in action against Teversal
SAMMY Barlow in action against Teversal

nAN under-strength Notts County Ladies’ Senior Development Team were knocked out of the Women’s County Cup with a 3-0 loss to Teversal Ladies this week.

A chill in the air met the team as a squad of just 12 fit players made the game with their striker was in goal and the defensive line was shuffled all through injury and illness.

The tough determination was evident but the 3 - 0 defeat says it all.

In fairness the third goal was in the closing minutes when County were down to 10 men and literally dying on their feet.

Throughout the game County never stopped passing and trying to create chances but that goal that would have got them back in the game after going two down in the 17th and 19th minute would not come.

Every player was excellent in the skill, effort and commitment to each other. Ashleigh Harris worked tirelessly on the wing and covering in defence to earn herself the player of the day.

The players do not need mentioning this week individually as those that were there know they played their part equally and can be very proud of a great team effort.

n The U13’s can think themselves unlucky to go down 2-5 at home to league leaders Calverton this week.

The score line only tells half the story, with the home side taking an early lead following a great run and composed finish from Lisa Miller.

Calverton levelled almost immediately and the scores were tied at the break.

Unfortunately, as has been their undoing in a number of games this term, the second half saw a ten minute spell where they conceded four goals in quick succession, but to their credit, they picked themselves back up and Amy Wainwright scored the goal of the game with a terrific long range strike.

This was a lot better performance all round with Player of the match Kaitlyn O’Dowd who had an excellent game playing in nearly every position on the pitch!

n The U11s had a superb win by beating a strong Derby County side 3-2 in the latest round of the plate competition.

The recent bug sweeping though the children of Nottingham had already claimed two squad members and before the fourth quarter Nell Bemrose had also fallen by the wayside.

However the remaining 10 played to the end with passion and determination in a game that turned out to be extremely tight and possibly their hardest game so far this season.

By the end of the first quarter the girls had fallen behind. However the second quarter saw player of the match Rebecca Shelton hit the ball from the edge of the box to equal the score.

The defence of Emma Hodges, Megan Green, Phoebe Harris and Lucy Walton worked hard all game cancelling out chance after chance but even this solid play couldn’t prevent Derby ending the second quarter with a single goal advantage.

The dynamic duo in goal, Siobhan Simms and Jasmine Hallam changed places at the start of the final two quarters, this was to be the turning point of the game with Siobhan scoring two to take the lead and Jasmine organising the defence and pulling out top draw saves to close up the Notts goal.

With each game this season the girls are increasing with confidence and skill and make Sundays very enjoyable.