Sat 24
Under 13's Girls (Hawks)
Curzon Ashton
E Wilkinson (16'), M Chamberlin (32' Pen)
Curzon  Conquered

Curzon Conquered

By John Field
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Following their opening day defeat the Hawks were again short of player due to the pandemic and unavailable players but the magnificent eight who made the short trip to the New Charter pitch put in an outstanding performance. Their visitors Curzon Ashton who were also short on numbers due to no shows and the pandemic were on the back of an opening day defeat to Hepworth Eagles 5-0 the week before. Both team were looking for their first points and were up for the match but it was Hepworth who were on the front foot from early on. Missing their captain Olivia Lear took the arm band and lead her team well with Abigail Darwin along side her and Maisie Chamberlain just in front they kept Curzon quiet early on and offered them no time on the ball. the midfield of Hannah Crowther, Romy Payton and Millie Bell were superb going forward and worked hard to get back when out of possession and kept striker Emily Wilkinson fed with numerous great through balls or good runs breaking and stretching Curzon's back line. Amelia Darwin had little to do min goal early on but needed to keep her concentration, as Curzon did occasionally threaten ton break through but Chamberlain and Bell were working so hard they kept them out. The Hawks finally got their reward midway through the first half on 16 minutes after a good through ball from Bell Wilkinson raced clear and smashed the ball home. to make it 1-0. It was all Hepworth and they would have had possibly six or seven goals had the Curzon keeper not have been in superb form, pushing several shots around the post. The Hawks hit the post, the bar, fired just wide but were unable to build on their great start.
Turning around a goal up Hepworth were encouraged to continue as they had in the first half moving the ball around and playing their way forward using their pace when attacking. Curzon tried to get back into the match but were shut out often by a team determined to keep their nose in front. On 32 minutes following a Curzon attack Hannah Crowther broke clear having received the ball from Keeper Amelia Darwin her pass to Maisie Chamberlain just inside her own half saw her go on a mazy run up the pitch beating three players and around the keeper who stuck out a leg and upended her in the box giving the referee no option but to award a penalty. Maisie Chamberlain composed herself and stepped up to smash a great spot kick into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Hepworth were now tiring fast as Curzon surged forward to try get back into the match and on 36 minutes they pulled a goal back to make for an entertaining final ten minutes. The Hawks held firm however with some stern defensive play and should have extended their lead but both Millie Bell and Emily Wilkinson had shots saved. The joy on their faces at the final whistle was met by huge cheers from the small army of spectators from Hepworth who were full of compliments for each and every player.
The whole team put in a great team effort but the referee's girl of the game was awarded to Emily Wilkinson.
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Sat 24, Oct 2020



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Emily Wilkinson

Player of the match

Emily Wilkinson