Dorking Town U12 Girls 3 - 1 Brockham Badgers U11 Girls
Report by Gordon Walker
In their first match of the season and, for some, their first-ever competitive game, the girls put up a very good display against an older and much more experienced team.
An understandably nervous start saw Brockham 2 - 0 down after only ten minutes and 3 - 0 down at half-time. However, after the break the girls started to relax and play more to their abilities. Ella Mothee, Tilly Leney and Keaton Scanlon all came close to scoring before Rachael Woodman struck direct from a free kick, which flew into the top corner of the goal from just outside the penalty box. Brave goal keeping by Ellie Rowlands, along with some determined tackling by Hannah Burgess, Emilly Walker and Miriam Mizzi helped keep a second-half clean sheet. Meanwhile Alice Beadle, Jenny Sorous, Claire Weatherston and Kate Walker all battled in the middle, to ensure that pressure was taken off the defence and the forwards had opportunities.
The report in the Advertiser did not do Brockham Girls justice. Considering the age difference and the fact that the Badgers made numerous substitutions to accommodate all twelve girls in a seven a-side game, it was an extremely pleasing performance. Next fixture, is scheduled for Sunday 11th December against AC County, an Under 11 team from Banstead.
In an entertaining match, two early first half goals from Tilly Leney proved decisive - the first an unstoppable long range shot that went in off the post and the second from a breakaway run which started within her own half. There were many other chances at both ends, Miriam Mizzi and Claire Weatherston in particular were unlucky not to add to the tally, with the Walcountian keeper making some good saves.
Despite the score-line, the game was fairly even throughout and another good display by Rachael Woodman and Alice Beadle in defence, along with the goalkeepers Ellie Rowlands (first half) and Emilly Walker (second half), helped to keep a clean sheet.
In the middle, Kate Walker, Jenny Souris and Ella Mothee also battled well to create chances and had their best games of the season.
Above all, the game was played in the right spirit and was a credit to both teams, with the opposition battling to the final whistle. The return match early next year is eagerly awaited by both sets of players and supporters alike.