Hitchin Belles U13`s Blues v Garston Panthers
By Simon Gooderham
A good result
The Blues U13s were involved in a tough match vs Garston Panthers. The girl's had a slow start and were under real pressure for the first 15 minutes with Garston asking all the questions. A breakaway goal against the run of play from Annabel eased the pressure and the Belles started to settle down. Some excellent chances went begging for the Blues and when Lilly hit a belter from distance which crashed of the crossbar it seemed the missed chances could come back to haunt Hitchin. A fantastic solo goal by Garston meant that the rest of the half was a tense affair. HT 1-1
The second half had a much different feel to it. The Blues dominated play but were still missing glorious chances. It took a fantastic late run into the box from Hope to get on the end of a CC corner to settle the nerves. A mix up in defence let a Garston player through on goal. Goalkeeper Khaela came off her line to close down but the Garston girl nipped round her and pulled the trigger for a certain goal only to have the amazing Hope to make the challenge of the season. It was an incredible match turning moment. Seconds later a brilliantly worked goal was finished by CC who blasted from a tight angle to settle the game. FT 3-1.
This was a real challenge for the Belles and they showed real character to come through it. It also means that they are one victory away from becoming Div 2 champions on April 21st against Harpenden.