We had a great day yesterday at Telford where both the U10s and the U12s performed brilliantly.
The U10s won their section overall, beating Telford and Bridgnorth (twice) and only losing one game narrowly, despite having most of the play and loads of opportunities to score. As most of you know, our U10 girls did very well last year in the Midlands competition at the end of the season, and I have high hopes for both our girls and boys this year based on yesterday’s performances.
The U12s managed a win, two draws and one loss finishing on a high with a 3-0 win over North Staffs. And lots of positives to take out, especially the way they got more focused and determined, even as they were getting more tired, by the end of the afternoon.
An early goal scored by Laura Chesters, gave Whitchurch the start they wanted but Whitchurch sat back on their early lead and allowed Timperley too much time and space to play the ball around. As they started to tire Timperley took full advantage and despite numerous saves by the Whitchurch keeper Gwyneth Thomas-Rees Timperley soon had scored three goals.
The second half saw Whitchurch regroup and stop the Timperley runs that caused so many problems in the first half. Jess Kimberley and Laura Chesters began to find space leading to Jess having the best chances of the half. Whitchurch finished the stronger of the two teams but failed to score and were punished when Timperley scored again on the break.
Whitchurch headed to Wrexham to take on their rivals. Whitchurch were very upbeat after the win last weekend.
Whitchurch had a rocky start to the match and found it hard to adjust to the water-based pitch and the strong attacks from Wrexham. This led to a goal early in the first half from a Wrexham deflection in the D. Whitchurch maintained their defense after the goal and some great performances from Katie Plant and Gayle Ladd kept the score at 1- 0 at half time.
Whitchurch started the second half with some great inter play between Donna Reynolds and Sarah Field. This led to several short corners for Whitchurch but they could not get the ball into the goal after shots from Emma Harper. Whitchurch were the better team in the second half with some amazing play but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. In the last 5 minutes Whitchurch were left open after an attack and Wrexham scored their second on the break.
Donna Reynolds was awarded man of the match. Thank you to Gary Jones for taking his time out to umpire the match. Whitchurch take on Oxton at home at 12:30pm. All spectators are welcome to come and support the ladies at the Whitchurch Leisure Centre.
Lymm Ladies 4ths 1 Whitchurch Ladies 2nds 0
The ladies were in good spirits following last week’s 4-0 victory and took a number of new faces away to Lymm. Making their debut were Rebecca Thomas and Laura Chester’s.
Rebecca and Jayne Williamson made a strong defense and were able to keep Lymm at bay all through the first half, providing a good foundation for Whitchurch to build their attack. Chances rained upon the forwards, and Tracey Dulson managed to put the ball inches either side of the goal, but Whitchurch were never able to put the ball on target.
The second half saw Lymm rally and their experience showed as they were able to retain possession for longer and through the use of their substitutes were able to whittle down Whitchurch’s defense. Eventually Lymm’s pressure upon the Whitchurch goal saw its reward. Despite the efforts of Laura and Cath Gresty in closing down the midfield, Whitchurch were not able to push their breaks into Lymm’s D and were unable to find the equalizer.