Sat 13
Under 12's Girls (Hawks)
Fail Safe Failsworth

Fail Safe Failsworth

By John Field
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Great Effort

Another tough fixture for the Hawks saw them face a very strong Failsworth team who like most of the teams had been together for many seasons. But that did not deter the Hawks who are just enjoying their long journey through their footballing career and with every game are developing. Just two games into the season and and two defeats and the hawks are still hungry to learn and develop their talents and their performance in this match was evident from the way they chased and worked hard all game against a much bigger and much stronger side. Hepworth were unfortunate to fall a goal behind after just one minute as Imogen H - Smith mishandled a shot under pressure and the ball fell into the net. Two minutes later and a well struck shot made it 2-0 giving Smith no chance in the Hawks goal. The Hawks then finally found their rythem a little and Eva Robinson along with Phoebe Sykes started to push the Failsworth midfield back helped by Leila Calcutt who used her strength well to break down attack after attack. Failsworth were very well organised and had several players who were skillfull on the ball. In defence Niamh Redfearn and Pia Rhodes tried their hardest against their pacey opponents but were often outnumbered. Connie Stratton and Olivia Lear were introduced to the game and their efforts help to stem the flow of Failsworth attacks. Upfront Beth Cannon found life tough as every way she twisted and turned she found her path blocked by defenders and she was often isolated. Failsworth hit back and scored a third to go into half time three goals up.
The Hawks rallied somewhat early in the second half and Lily Hodges played her part in her midfield role having entering the game just after half time. Failsworth were pushed back early in the second half but Hepworth just couldnt convert any of the fewe chances they had and it was looking bleak in the search of goals. As Failsworth swapped things around and brought on fresh legs hepworth fell behind to two further goals as second half keeper Niamh redfearn was helpless to stop the two shots she did manage a couple of great saves turning one around the post for a corner and gathering one at the second attempt to deny the opposition. Failsworth went on to score a sixth goal ride on full time to increase the missery on the Hawks, however the girls were not down hearted at the final whistle. They had found a potential goalkeeper in Imogen H - Smith who had impressed everyone after her first half performance and just needs game time and practice to improve further, while Phoebe Sykes showed what an athlete she is with some great runs doen the pitch. The referee's girl of the game however was awarded to Beth Cannon following her endless efforts upfront and her great work in chasing back and defending as she covered every area of the pitch.
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Sat 13, Oct 2018



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