On Wednesday 22nd May, the Girls’ Football Team took part in the annual NDPSSA Spring Football Tournament at Flowserve.
Ultimately, it was an afternoon of frustration but also one of pride, determination and resilience for our team as, despite their best efforts, the goals just would not come.
We started off with a 0-0 draw against William Gladstone, where the opposition keeper did brilliantly to keep out 2 great attempts. In our second game, against Chuter Ede Balderton, we quickly went a goal down but a superb equaliser from Iaysha brought us level. It was looking like yet another draw was on the cards when Chuter Ede pounced on a loose ball and scored with literally the last kick of the game.
Next up were tournament favourites, and defending champions, Lowes Wong. Fantastic marshalling of their number 9, a player who was on a hot scoring streak, kept the score at 0-0 until about 30 seconds from the end when Lowes Wong managed to get a winner. The scoreline again not being a true reflection of the game, and the effort put in by the whole team. 0-1 to Lowes Wong.
Muskham provided the opposition for the next game and again we were undone by a single goal. But what a goal it was. A superb free kick, with a minute remaining, curled over the wall and into the top corner. Again, we were deserving of some points but could not quite break down the Muskham defence. 0-1 to Muskham.
Another point was picked up against Lovers Lane in a game where we had the best chances. The lack of goals were again a source of frustration but it wasn’t for the lack of effort. Chance after chance came and went and Lovers Lane could not get out of their own half due to the pressure we put on them. The game ended 0-0.
For our final game against Bleasby, we decided to change the formation around and enjoy ourselves with 3 strikers on the pitch and a ‘shoot on sight’ policy. Again, the chances game thick and fast but we were unable to breach the Bleasby defence. As often happens when you push forward, we were caught on the counter-attack and conceded, eventually losing 0-1.
Despite the results, the team thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and played some great football. In the games we lost, all were by a single goal. No team dominated us, and, with a little luck, we could easily have picked up another 4 or 5 points. But that’s the way football goes sometimes. I couldn’t be more proud of the way the girls represented the school, or indeed their passion and commitment.
Our superb team for the event were:
Emma Andrews (GK), Lois Baggaley (C), Alice Davey, Freya Brummitt, Grace Davey, Iaysha Langford, Imogen Clifford, Libby Wells and Mia Crouch.
Due to squad size limits, Emilie Crerar and Emma Mower were unable to play but proved to be brilliant assistant coaches, helping the team with warm-ups, organisation and tactics.
Well done girls, you were great!