West Exe U12 Girls vs Cullompton U12 28/04/19 (Friendly)
Perfect playing condtions on a recently cut pitch and a geat turnout of 11 keen players and it was ‘game-on’ against Cullompton. The team started well, adjusting not only to the new bigger pitch and bigger goals but the tricky offside rule. The run of play was fairly even from the start but Misha got stuck in central midfield making her presence felt. Pheobe had a relatively quiet time in goal but made some good saves when required. Amelia was undeterred by girls almost twice the size of her bearing down on her for a tackle and made some great passes. Emily, in only her second outing for West Exe contributed well and picked up some valuable experience. Good job Emily. Alisha put in an solid performance tackling players and retaining composure on the ball and saved us several times in defence.
Sophia made a couple of good runs down the left-hand side from training ground practice and crossed them beautifully into the box and also almost scored herself. Rayanna took a David-Beckham type shot from inside her own half-way line that ended up at the goalies feet.
Maisy made her presence felt in the back four in a John Terry type role with a reassuringly safe performance of clearances and increasing confidence on the ball. Several of the girls were confident to head a flying ball and try and control it – well done.
The half-time whistle blew with a satisfyingly clean-sheet for West Exe 0-0 and all to play for in the second half.
With all the girls tiring on the large pitch they were rotated in quick succession using 2 substitutes (what a novelty!) giving all girls good game-time. A brief opportunity gave Cullompton a goal half-way through the second half. 1-0 to Cullompton. Not despondent but all looking slightly tired West Exe went on the attack. Rayanna made three free-kick long balls to Jess in quick succession who made some fast runs into the box and almost scored.
Holly and Beth both worked hard in midfield making chances and positioning themselves so that they did not get caught out by the offside trap. Only a couple of infringements were made throughout the match which shows that we are learning the subtleties of the rule.
Considering we lost 4-1 last time we met Cullompton this was an excellent effort and the final result of 1-0 to Cullompton could easily have gone the other way. Woman of the match was awarded to Misha for her great all round contribution today: well done Misha!
Also thanks to Will the impartial linesman!