4-0 Home Win for the Under 13s
Heroic Hutt Hammers Home Her Hat-trick
A genuinely excellent performance today from the Colne Valley Under 13s saw them ease home convincing 4-0 winners. It is fair to say that all members of the squad played very well indeed with the pass and move football that we all work so hard on in training really reaping its rewards. We had a squad of 10 with Hannah Jimenez starting on the bench after returning from illness. The under 13s started with a re-jigged defence with the skipper, Amelie Robertson, in the middle and Lyssie D'Ambrosio to her left and Ellie "Cookie" Cook to her right. Bethie Crane adopted her usual spot protecting the back three in a defensive midfield role and had Mille Springer to her right and Layla Best to her left. We were able to field the Double H forward line of Emily Hutt as an out and out centre forward and Caitlin Hearne plotting her magic in pockets of space just behind her. A very strong looking line-up.
The Under 13s are always encouraged to play a fast and enthusiastic game, straight from the kick off and the girls were full of vigour right from the excellent ref's (Steve Hicks) first whistle. The girls are improving every week, not just with their skills and energy levels but with their understanding of the game. The coach had to smile when he heard Millie encourage "play the way you're facing!" and Emily always calling for the ball.
Lyssie D'Ambrosio, while never forgetting her defensive duties, had a storming first half covering the entire left side of the pitch but it was Emily who gave us the lead with one of her customary emphatic finishes. Emily is new to the club this season but has developed an outstanding partnership with Caitlin. They are very different in style but they bring out the best in each other, I imagine Arsenal fans wish they could have seen Ian Wright and Thierry Henry play together, well come down and watch the Colne Valley under 13s play and you see the next best thing. Emily is very much like Ian Wright with her: power, passion, enthusiasm, finishing ability and self-belief whereas Caitlin has something of the Thierrry Henry to her, the way she dovetails off Emily, her ability to use both feet and spot a pass, her touch of class and her goalscoring ability. Lyssie added the second with a great curling effort into the top corner after going up for a corner. A sublime finish from a player that has added the goalscoring touch to her game in recent weeks. 4 goals from 4 games is an outstanding return from a player that never fails to give 100%, regardless of where she is asked to play. Quick, good in the tackle, incredible stamina, strong in the air and a goalscoring threat and so reliable and consistent too.
Throughout the game in was clear just how good a game Layla Best was having. Layla is very strong with her back to goal and her best quality is that she always looks to pass to an orange shirt, Layla rarely wastes possession and is always looking to link up play. With Layla and Caitlin running the Camerley ragged it was only a matter of time before the 3rd came, and it did, another great finish form Emily.
Half - time 3-0.
It has been one of the many highlights this season just how well the keeper and back 3 have been playing for the Under 13s. Rachel Jimenez plays a year up and considers herself an outfield player so her unselfish stints in goal for the Under 13s have not gone unnoticed, She had a quiet game today but her encouragement and her kicking adn her handling were all excellent today and she earned her clean sheet.The Captain, Amelie Robertson is a great player, today was typical of how she plays............sniffing out danger, superb positional play, bringing the ball out of defence in her usual style and never being beaten for pace. Hannah Jimenez resumed her spot in the middle, she believes her biggest weakness is her heading but won 3 headers today to add to the steel and tackling ability she adds to a back three that she takes the responsibility of marshalling very well. Special mention, today, has to go to Ellie "Cookie" Cook though. This is her first season of football and her improvement and her attitude are both so pleasing. Cookie is a born defender that fights for every ball, never gives up, tries her very hardest and it is so pleasing to see her doing so well. She had a bleeding nose but wiped herself down and carried on. Cookie is going to get better and better and it's going to be great to watch.
It was noticeable that Camberley went to a back 4 in the second half and that made them harder to break down. Through it all Bethie "Boo" Crane kept battling away, with her dodgy toe nail too, Bethie fights for every ball, wins her tackles and then simply looks to pass it to one of her team mates, she's great and nearly scored. Much the same can be said for Millie Springer, Millie really deserved a goal today and as well as doing her great duties at the near post defending corners she never stopped runnng down the right and was always getting the ball in dangerous positions, like her great mate Layla Best she always looks to use the ball wisely when she has time I thought it was going to finish 3-0 but Emily Hutt, once again set up by Caitlin broke through the Camberley defence and thundered her effort into top corner to finish off her hat-trick in great style.
So 4-0 to the Colne Valley Under 13s it finished. An excellent performance from a rapidly improving team. The girls being thoroughly rewarded for always showing an excellent attitude both in training and in matches themselves and for always supporting and encouraging each other. Well done.
Man of the Match - Ellie "Cookie" Cook. 2 words - solidly magnificent.