Dream start for Thame U14 Girls
Strong team performance on their debut..
Today saw the Thame U14 Girls get their maiden campaign at Thame Youth underway, travelling to play against Chalfont Saints.
A few managerial worries to begin with, after two declarations of injury and the goalkeeper out with flu. We needn't have worried as Thame Girls U13's Manager Gregor Black came to our rescue with 3 x excellent girls to bolster our ailing squad and immediately reaffirmed our decision to play for such a great football community club.
The first half started very brightly from a Thame perspective, with our highly mobile midfield and attack immediately pinning Saints in their own half.
It wasn't long before that rapid movement and intelligence paid dividends, with Hollie slotting in at the near post to put Thame one goal to the good. Hollie soon added another after some excellent decoy running down the right, by her strike partner Aimee, who took two defenders away from the goal and allowed the space to open up. 2-0 up and halfway through the first half, it was time to make substitutions to allow even playing time for all girls.
Honor came on in central midfield to replace the excellent Tierney and Charlotte replaced Aimee as striker, to join her fellow U13 debutants Hannah (left wing) and Rosie (central defence). All three girls were fitted perfectly into our system and were very impressive, with Charlotte scoring a ten minute hat trick to send us into the break 5-1 up.
At 3-0 there was a minor lapse in concentration, when a Saints cross from the right went through to the far post unchallenged and there were two girls on hand to poke the ball through the legs of our more than competent stand-in keeper Adele.
The second half started in pretty much the same vein, with Hollie adding her third and fourth goals in fairly quick succession. Her blistering pace down the left was very well supported by Hannah on the wing, Tierney through the middle and the superb Amelia on the right.
The latter covered every blade of grass going forward from her starting position and she even sprinted back to cover Leah's position when her captain had stepped out of formation to break up opposition attacks. The overall shape was close to perfection with Rosie in the center of defense to read the game, keep a calm head and distribute it and dispatch the ball accordingly. Amy Marina at left back is a league debutee in that position, you wouldn't have known it, as she was imperious and looked as though she'd played there for years.
As the second half wore on, we were again pinning the green kitted team back as attack after attack rained in. Aimee kept her head to slot the ball home through a cross-fire of in-rushing bodies, notching a well deserved goal. 8-1 up...
Changes were made to try players in different positions, with Honor and Charlotte ending the game as wide players. Hollie scored her fifth and sixth, before being taken off to rapturous applause. The irrepressible Charlotte added her fourth and Thame's eleventh goal on the day to round off a comprehensive performance.
Final score : Thame 11 - 1 Chalfont Saints
I chose not to single out a 'player of the match', as it would have been unfair to pitch anyone as being above the rest. The team was confident, decisive, intelligent and rapid from front to back and had it not been for Saints' excellent keeper, the score could have been many more.
A great start to the season, but we're not going to be complacent. Our fierce rivals Aylesbury United are next to visit and we must stay focused on the next game always.
Match report by Tony Davis - Thame U14 Girls Manager
Adele Davis (GK)
Leah Mitchell (Captain)