Sat 24
Under 13's Girls (Eagles)
Denton Youth
Denton Dent Hepworth Hopes

Denton Dent Hepworth Hopes

By John Field
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Hepworth Go Down Fighting

Hepworth entertained high flying Denton who scored elven goals on the opening day of the season the week before, so they knew it would be a tough affair and with several players unavailable it would be an uphill struggle. With Captain Sophie Badrock and defender Katie Bird unavailable Hepworth had to rejig their defensive shape and to be fair the team held their own for long periods against a very well organised and physical side who were much bigger than the Hepworth players. Hepworth found themselves on the back foot in the early stages as Denton's size and strength showed but they kept battling and gained in confidence. The game swung from end to end with both teams creating chances but it was Denton who got the breakthrough on 20 minutes to go 1-0 up. Without their captain Grace H - Porteous and Sophie Hughes worked hard and battled well against the bigger strikers and tried to break out from the back linking up well with the midfield of Niamh Fenton, Danielle Wood and Abi Shaw and Olivia Cottam with a good mix of skill and speed between them they created several great chances but were not able to breach the Denton goal. Pia Rhodes battled alone up front and was battered and bruised for her efforts but even she could not find the back of the net this week.
Turning around a goal down it was Hepworth who took the game to Denton pushing them back deep into their own half and forcing them to be more defensive. There were some outstanding individual battles on the pitch and Emily wood was in the thick of it in midfield in the second half, as was Sophie Mayes who once again proved what a great addition to the squad she was whether it was in attack or defence as once again she was covering every single inch of the pitch and involved in everything. Sophie Hughes was also outstanding leading her defence well and mastering the offside. As Hepworth pushed for an equaliser they were stung by a break away goal to seal the win for Denton on 42 minutes leaving Hepworth some what down hearted after such a great fight.
The referee's girl of the game award was awarded to Sophie Mayes after a fantastic performance from her.
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Match date

Sat 24, Oct 2020



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Sophie Mayes

Player of the match

Sophie Mayes