U10 Whites v Bedwell Cannons
By Simon Gooderham
The Whites produced their best performance of the season to demonstrate how far they’ve developed over their 5 league games. Facing the Bedwell team who had beaten the Belles 6-1 just a few weeks ago the Belles made all the early running.
The Whites had the confidence to play out from the back, even working neat triangles through the midfield. This was topped off with powerful running up front, with Tianna a constant menace down the right and Amelie always a willing outlet down the left, helped by some good hold-up play by Emily. Any Bedwell attacks were easily dealt with by assured defending by Hannah and Josie, and what did get through was quickly gathered by Saffron looking like a seasoned pro in goal. Alice played the role of box-to-box midfielder and it wasn’t long before the opposition were forced to use a more direct tactic to try to overcome the dominant Belles midfield.
The second half was more even as the Belles adapted to new positions, but Bessie and Rebecca continued to pressure the Bedwell defenders in search of a breakthrough.
Unfortunately the breakthrough went to Bedwell when a hopeful up-and-under took a high bounce off the hard pitch and just crept into the Hitchin goal.
Credit to the Belles - heads didn’t drop and the girls searched hard for the equaliser right to the end.
It was a performance which left the Belles management full of pride and even the Bedwell manager commenting on the pace of progress made since we last met. The improvement is credit to the hard work the players have put in over the last 2 months, bring on the next match!
POTM: Josie, always composed on the ball and a calm head when we went to 1 at the back in search of the equaliser.