Sat 09
Oldham Athletic
Under 12's Girls (Hawks)
Holdem We Couldnt

Holdem We Couldnt

By John Field
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Game of Two Halves

The Hawks were up against a string Oldham side with some tricky attacking players but this team are a tough bunch and were not going to roll over easily. Within a minute the Hawks were on the attack and Leila Calcutt had a good effort which was well blocked on the line. The earluy pressure was all from Hepworth but they could not convert it into goals. Eva Robinson, Olivia Lear and Niamh Redfern worked hard in defence blocking and tackling when their opponents pressed and all put in a good shift. Pia Rhodes and Maisie Chamberlin were often pushed back as Oldham worked their way back into the game as did Beth Cannon who covered every blade of astro turf on the pitchand lead by example on how to turn defence into attack. Halway through the half Hepworths dogged defending was breached in an unfortunate six minute spell, first a speculative long range effort just evaded Imogen hamilton-Smith as it looped over her and in off the bar, closely followed by a Niamh Refern own goal as a wide ball was crossed into a crowded goalmouth and Redfern was unable to do anything as the ball stuck her and deflected into the net. The Oldham third goal on 16 minutes came after Hamilton-Smith made an outstanding save only to see the rebound scrambled in at the second attempt.
Turning around 3-0 down Hepworth went out fighting in the second half expecting Oldham with the wind at their backs to be on the front foot yet it was Hepworth who were dogged in defence and looked lively going forward. Lily Hodges was outstanding in her midfield role against much bigger opponents and feared no one, recent signing Millie Bell looked lively up front but was often isolated as the Hawks just couldnt find that final pass. Thay did however sure things up throughn their hard work and by great defending helped by Imogen Hamilton-Smith who pulled off a string of great saves, without her outstanding performance Hepworth could have been on the receiving end of a thumping but Smith and her team showed true grit. The referee Rachael Pollinger quite rightly awarded Imogen Hamilton-Smith the girl of the game award following her performance.
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Sat 09, Feb 2019



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