Under 13s Dig Deep To Keep Title Bid on Track
Hutt bags 2 to bring season total to 20.
After a week off due to the poor weather conditions we were able to go to Camberley with our full squad of 12 on Sunday. Caitlin had recovered from her injury and the only concern was the state of Rachel's back.
The initial idea was to start with the 9 that had played so well in the 0-0 away draw at Claygate in our last fixture but Rachel declared herself unfit a the start of the game and Millie was caught up in traffic. One of the great things about this season has been Rachel's performances in goal, she is only 12 so plays the hardest position on the pitch in a year group up and isn't the tallest...............but she has been fantastic,she tries her very best every week, pulls off wonder saves and really encourages the defence around her. Will her injury Ellie "Cookie" Cook took the gloves, this meant the team lost a strength by losing Rachel and also that we'd miss Cookie's driving influence on the pitch - Cookie is another that is enjoying a tremendous season. Well done Cookie for taking over from Rachel! Caitlin started on the right in our customary 3-4-2 with Mia at left back, Hannah in central defence, and the skipper Amelie Robertson on the right. The 4 across the midfield were Layla Best
on the left, Caiitlin on the right, Lyssie D'Ambrosio
is the holding role with Sophie Nash
further up the field with strict instructions to get up to and beyond Emily Hutt
who started as centre forward. Beth Crane joined Millie Springer
and Rachel Jimenez
on the bench.
It's fair to say that Camberley looked very well organised from the start and very solid in defence. They scored a good - if fortunate - goal to take the lead when a free kick was swung in from their right and beat everyone and bounced in off the far post. 1-0 Camberley. Unlucky Cookie. Colne Valley don't often find themselves behind these days so it was interesting to see how we'd recover. The girls certainly showed plenty of spirit but shots were being taken too far from goal and we just didn't seem our normal selves. Sophie embarked on her lung bursting runs but kept having the ball nicked off her at the last second. Layla and Ciatlin showed some really nice touches on the wings and both got behind their defenders but the all-important final ball just didn't quite happen. The defence looked very calm though and were excellently protected by Lyssie in her holding midfield role. I was beginning to worry that we just weren't going to break them down when Emily - who is a brilliant at causing entire defences massive headaches all game - fought tirelessly for the ball, beat her defender and then lobbed the keeper for her 19th goal in what has been a remarkable debut season for the Colne Valley number 15! I would have taken 1-1 at half time but we enjoyed some really good fortune when a cross came in and a very unlucky Camberley defender sliced the ball over her own keeper and into the back of the net. 2-1 at half time.
The second half saw lots of juggling around and players performing in different positions so that everyone had their fair share of time on the pitch. Rachel come on in goal for the second half and her kicking and handling were of the highest order, she really is a keeper in the Ederson mould, this mean that Cookie could play in the 2 posiitons where she does so well, in the heart of midfield and at the back and she excelled at both. What was so pleasing in the second half was the pass and move football that the midfield played. Caitlin Hearne
(to carry on the theme of comparing CVG Under 13 players to Man City superstars) is the team's David Silva, albeit a right footed version and , as we say every week "get your foot on the ball as much as possible Caitlin!" and she did and it was great to watch. The passing is just brilliant to witness. Despite Caitlin's trickery the pass of the day easily went to Millie Springer
, who picked up the ball in her own half, carried it ten yards before placing a perfectly weighted pass into the path of the onrushing Sergio Aguero...............sorry Emily Hutt
who made no mistake. 3-1 to Colne Valley! Well done Mille, well done Emily. Millie then had the ball outside their box, looked up, smacked it and it bounced off the post. All the girls were playing well. The skipper was cool and composed and made countless tackles, blocks and interceptions, Mia "Jolly" Baker was her usual bundle of non-stop energy, passion and commitment to the team and won everything on the left and even had a run out up front. Hannah suffered from not really having a centre forward to mark out of the game but was still her usual robust and passionate self. Bethie came on and was very assured at right back, she mopped up splendidly. The game was won in midfield though and the likes of Cookie, Soph, Lys, Caitlin, Mille and Layla all deserve special praise. Layla has become the perfect team player, delighting in the success of others, always looking to play the right pass, the best in the team at playing with her back to goal and a goalscoring threat too, talking of goalscoring threats Soph is a legend at attacking Caitlin's brilliant corners. She did that again on Sunday, expertly volleying home a corner that Caitlin had put on a plate for her. Well done Soph and well done Caitlin and well done the pair of you for congratulating each other with a high 5 as you ran back to the half way line. Camberley scored a deserved consolation and it finished 4-2.
Man of the Match was difficult, Lyssie is a wonderfully consistent and hard-working player, Cookie deserved a shout for going in goal and playing in midfield and at the back and Caitlin with her intelligent passing and great first touch always catches the eye. But it went to Millie "Boing Boing" Springer. Her pass that set up Emily (for her 20th goal of the season) was easily the pass of the match and she really tries to play the right pass whenever she has the ball at her foot, she also deserved to score with her shot that hit the post and she has a great attitude. Well done Millie, well done all 12 of the girls. 3 more games and with 3 more wins we'd finish as very worthy champions!