Well Deserved Away Point at Top of the Table Fixture
Man of the Match Display from Cookie!
If the Colne Valley Under `13s go on to win the league, which they surely deserve to then it'll be games such as this that will linger in the memory. A hard fought 0-0 draw against a side that hasn't lost all season is a great achievement for the rapidly improving Colne Valley Under 13s..........and they really did deserve to win!
The Under 13s were down to the bare bones this week and only had the bare 9. We started with our customary 3-4-2 with Rachel Jimenez in goal, the skipper Amelie Robertson to the right of defence, Mia "Jolly" Baker to the left, either side of Hannah Jimenez. The 4 across the middle of the park were Millie Springer on the right, Layla Best on the right, Ellie "Cookie" Cook in the holding role and Sophie Nash supporting Emily Hutt who was the centre forward.
The opposition decided that the game should only be 25 minutes each way and their very trigger happy linesman did his best to disrupt the game as much as he could but the Colne Valley girls stuck to their guns superbly. Amelie Robertson was sensational in defence, constantly sniffing out danger and looking very composed when she had the ball at her feet and Cookie really stood out too, winning tackle after tackle, I really thought we missed her when she had to come off with her bleeding nose that she gets every week. Cookie's really good with her headers now too. She's having a stunning debut season. Emily very unlucky with a shot at the near post in the first half, Sophie had a couple of shots from distance and Hannah put a shot just wide following an excellent Layla Best corner.
With cries of "Come on Colne" booming from the terraces the girls could not doubt the support they were getting from the sidelines. At 0-0 I thought that if we kept our concentration then we wouldn't concede and may even nick the winner!
We started the second half with Sophie Nash given clear instruction to "get yourself up the pitch more and support Emilly". Millie Spinger started the second half splendidly, she was on the same side of the pitch as the parents and really responds to all the encouragement. She never stops trying and played a very intelligent game, knowing when to try and get past her marker and when to pick a pass - well played Millie! As we searched for a winner Hannah began to step into midfield with Mia and Amelie covering her excellently. Nothing ever gets past Mia and she was very solid again, winning her tackles, taking a touch and then making a pass and always being fiercely committed, a great team player in Mia.
The Claygate keeper really did have an excellent game, Emily hit the post in another of her all-action displays that shows off what a great player she is becoming, she uses her body strength superbly and has a real turn of pace and an eye for goal. I don't doubt that the goals she didn't score yesterday will be scored in the next game as she continues her quest for the golden boot. Layla worked very hard down the left too and used the ball very well, played great with her back to goal, went on some good runs and took a mean corner. She also tracked back and helped out defensively, as did Millie on the right. Sophie Nash began to rampage forward, really supporting Emile with her trademark lung bursting runs but we just couldn't find the back of the net. Cookie had a fantastic chance which she put over the bar but Cookie had a fantastic game, a perfect example of a selfless team performance from a player that always tried her very best and really can play in a number of positions and look equally good in them all.
Special mention to the Jimenez sisters. Rachel managed to get through the game without shedding a tear and is getting better all the time in her sweeper / keeper role and her kicking and handling were of the highest order, an excellent 6th clean sheet of the season for her and Hannah is having, a very good season in defence. She relished the physical battle in defence, wins every 50/50 ball and refused to be cowed on Sunday by a centre forward that was so much taller and bigger than her. She models her game on her footballing hero Vincent Kompany...................well it shows and they both had great days on Sunday 25th Feb 2018.
8 of the girls scored 10/10 for their performance on Sunday. One managed to do the impossible and scored 11/10. Well done Cookie!