was always going to be a tense and close affair, as the teams at the top
of the league table came face to face.
teams started brightly and Tottenham very quickly knew that they were up
against the strongest team that they had faced to date in the
league. Both midfields battled it out and the normal passing
movement seen between Bobbi Cubberley, Laura Newby and Charlotte
McLucas, was not as visible as it had been in previous games.
defence of Hollie Watson and Vicki Blake were dealing with the pressure
being applied by Hemel and then suddenly a ball was threaded through to
a Hemel player who went for goal and let a shot fly, which was pushed
away by keeper Lily Tyrimos, unfortunately to the feet of the Hemel
player who then scored on the stroke of six minutes.
whole team were a little tense and Gerry, the manager, made a
substitution between Katie Bell and Marva Kreel to try and change the
formation and encourage Charlotte McLucas further up the pitch.
Tottenham continued to push the Hemel team back into their own half and
some encouraging runs by Vicki Blake and Bobbi Cubberley kept the
spectators guessing what would happen next.
Newby had a few longer-range shots in the first half, which
unfortunately went wide of the mark, but Tottenham had a majority of the
possession in the first half, which they couldnít capitalise on.
before half time, Shoshana Field made her debut performance, coming on
for Marva Kreel.
manager Gerry gave the girls some encouragement during the break and
urged them to play their normal passing game and relax on the ball.
kicked off for the second half and almost immediately started to pass
the ball around and make their way through the Hemel midfield and
defence. Unfortunately they couldnít quite produce the final
memorable attack was started by Vicki Blake, who moved the ball up the
pitch to Bobbi Cubberley who then ran on to a squared the ball to Laura
Newby, who unfortunately couldnít quite deliver the complete finish,
although she should be commended for finding the necessary space.
camped themselves in the Hemel Hempstead half for most of the second
half and Hemel were reduced to some long passes to their strikers, which
were dealt with time after time by Hollie Watson and Vicki Blake.
one stage Spurs took five corners in a row and the Hemel Hempstead girls
were pushed back on to their own goal line. But to the great
credit of Hemel Hempstead they held firm and they were quick to close
the Spurs players down and get themselves in front of the ball to save
shots by Vicki Blake, Hollie Watson and Laura Newby.
last chance came near towards the end of the game, when after some
clever movement, Bobbi Cubberley, found herself face to face with the
Hemel goalkeeper, with the defence bearing down on her, she kicked the
ball firmly, but the keeper managed to hold onto it and the danger
final whistle blew and despite all the possession that Tottenham had
enjoyed and a number of attempts on goal, they were beaten by a Hemel
Hempstead team, who put away the only shot they had in the whole game
and then defended so well thereafter.
of the match was a popular choice of Vicki Blake who had run her heart
out and showed real class up front as well as in the defence, with her
teammate Hollie Watson, who was also thanked.
the girls should be proud of how they played and there were some good
lessons learnt out of the fixture. Also there was more than enough
evidence to suggest that the return match at the Spurs ground will be a
very interesting affair. Well done.
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results : Bedwell
Denham United 2
Luton Town Belles 1 Hoddesdon Owls 0
Garston Purples 2 Bushey Rangers 0
Hemel Hempstead Town Girls 0Garston Blues 0
Hitchin Town Belles 0Stevenage Borough Vixens 0
The Tottenham Under-10s lined up for their
first competitive match for a couple of weeks, on a cold winterís day with pockets of snow & ice still on the pitch.
weather, however, wasnít going to put off either side as the match
started in a lively fashion, with the midfields of each side battling it
out.It wasnít long
before Hitchin were defending with all their might and a shot from Vicki
Blake, who had pushed up from the back, was well saved.
chances were being created by Bobbi Cubberley, Laura Newby and Charlotte
McLucas, but try as they might, the Spurs attacks couldnít quite make
the final finish tell.
break-through came when Marva Kreel had a shot at goal from about 10
yards out, which went through a crowd of players and found itís self
in the back of the net after six minutes had gone.
was the signal that the Spurs Hot shots had been looking for and it was
only two minutes later that Bobbi Cubberley, made it two nil, following
a passing move involving Vicki to Laura, who slotted the ball to Bobbi
to finish it in style.
who is battling it out with Bobbi for top goal scorer, made it number
three after 12 minutes, following a rebounded shot by Charlotte and she
wasnít finished there, as she scored number four for the team four
minutes later, following an excellent pass fromKatie Bell who had come on as substitute.
pressure on Hitchin was constant and they found themselves defending en
masse in their own half.
top goal scorer found Hollie Watson sitting on her shoulder constantly
throughout the first half and despite a number of attempts, the Hitchin
player didnít manage to get past Hollie once.
had a near miss, as the half was coming to a close and the Hitchin
keeper made some excellent and timely saves to keep the score down.
the break, the Hitchin girls came out with renewed vigour and Vicki and
Hollie were called into action to make sure that their new goal keeper
for the second half Shoshana Field, wasnít put under any pressure,
which they duly did.
wasnít long however that the up front partnership of Newby and
Cubberley were in action again. Laura passed a good ball through
to Bobbi , who used her strength and determination to take the ball
forward and score the 5th goal of the game after 24 minutes.
Gerry McLucas was keen to use all of his squad and Lily-Anna Tyrimos,
the normal keeper for the team who only touched the ball a few times in
the first half, was sent into a midfield position, with Paige McHenry
defence of Hollie and Vicki continued to cope with any forward attacks
and Vicki started to push herself further up the pitch to get into
attacking positions. She let one shot fly, which was well saved by
the Hitchin keeper and Hitchinís number 11 also did a sterling job in
defence to keep the Tottenham players at bay.
number six was a very special affair, given that it was Lily-Anna first
goal of the season and was well struck by her after the ball was crossed
to her on the right hand side of the goal. The Tottenham crowd
produced the biggest cheer of the day and her very proud Dad was jumping
final goal of the game was scored after 34 minutes and it was a firmly
struck shot by Vicki Blake from 12 yards out, which on this occasion
found itís self in the back of the net.
Tottenham players, werenít finished in terms of attacks and Katie had
a very good shot saved, with Charlotte making some forging runs on the
right hand side.
McHenry nearly made it number eight after she just couldnít quite
finish off an excellent cross from Laura Newby. Paige, however,
was like a terrier in the middle of the park and nearly got through onto
goal after she had tackled and battled her way past three Hitchin
was good to see the girls return to the sort of football that they were
playing a month ago. Lily-Anna Tyrimos was rewarded with the
player of the match nomination, which was a very popular choice.
whole squad played very well together and the spirit in which the whole
match was played should be commended, on all sides, including both sets
of supporters and the referee.
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results : Bedwell
Rangers3 Garston Blues 0
Hoddesdon Owls 1 Hemel Hempstead Town Girls 1
Garston Purples 1 Hemel Hempstead
impressive performance by Gerry McLucas' Under-10s saw them maintain
their good form, despite a spirited second half display from the
visiting Vixens side.
Blake had a fine game in midfield, covering a lot of ground and it was
her eighth minute pass that lead to the shot by Bobbi Cubberley from inside the box, that hit the bar and caused
panic in the Stevenage defence. As the ball was cleared, Laura
Newby got in a tackle that took the ball into the goal to give Spurs the
lead. Spurs pressed forward and Katie Bell had a shot go just
wide, then she fed Laura in the area and her shot was well saved by the
were moving the ball about well and Vicki's perceptive pass to an
unmarked Bobbi Cubberley saw the forward shoot home the second Spurs
goal in the 11th minute of the match.
Field in the Spurs goal had a nervous moment when a 13th minute
cross-shot saw the Vixens have their best chance of the first half, with
the ball going narrowly wide of the far post.
Blake-Newby combination almost paid off again, but once more Laura drew
a good low save from the keeper. Marva Kreel was also getting
through a lot of work in midfield and her pass to Bobbi saw her shot
pushed onto the post and as she blocked the clearance, the ball
ballooned over the top in the 15th minute.
on half-time, Spurs extended their lead with a fine shot by Katie Bell
who received a clearance outside the area and hit it back past a crowd
of players to make it 3-0.
Tyrimos replaced Shoshana in goal and the team began the second half
with attacking intent, as Laura and Bobbi combined through the middle
and the move was only halted by a brave dive at Bobbi's feet by the
goalie. Play switched straight to the other end and still in the
first minute of the half, Lily-Ann brought down a Stevenage forward and
the ref pointed to the spot. Converting the penalty past
Lilly-Ann's dive, the score was pegged back to 3-1.
Bobbi was not to be denied, as she made a fine solo run from the halfway
line to score a well-taken goal and restored the three goal
margin. That was after nine minutes and then a minute later, Bobbi
turned provider with a left wing cross that Laura tucked away for the
ball was being made to do the work, with some crisp passing and good
movement, with Laura having two efforts - one off target and the other
saved by the keeper, who juggled the ball on the line, but did not let
it creep over. Paige McHenry entered the action and produced a
shot that warmed the keeper's hands, while Charlotte McLucas was
industrious in midfield when she came on.
Hollie Watson having to mop up through balls into the Spurs half, she
moved up to take a late free kick, which was drilled in low and caught a
deflection past the unlucky Stevenage keeper to make the final score
girls played a very solid side in Stevenage, but broke them down with
good moves, making it a good win that was harder than it looks on paper,
as the Vixens were determined not to be over-run in the second
This was the girlís first U10ís Cup tie,
with a trip to Stevenage to face Bedwell Rangers on a small and very
As in previous games, the girls started
brightly and were one nil up within a minute following a pass to Laura
Newby on the right hand side, who tucked the ball nicely in the back of
the net. This was followed up two minutes later by an excellent throw in
by Charlotte McLucas to the feet of Vicki Blake who lined up the shot
and blasted into the goal for number two.
Number three came from a left footed long
ball by defender Hollie Watson in to the feet of Laura in attack, who
then took the ball towards the goal and scored her second for the day on
the stroke of nine minutes.
The pressure from Tottenham was
relentless, with Bobbi Cubberley, Marva Kreel and Charlotte pushing the
Bedwell players into their own half, strongly supported by Laura and
Vicki, who also pushed up from defence.
It was Bobbiís turn to get on the score
sheet, following a timely pass from Marva Kreel; she sprinted towards
the goal and slotted home the fourth after 14 minutes.
Bobbi now had the bit between her teeth
and tucked goal number five away, after a big goalmouth scramble, using
her strength and determination. The Tottenham players continued
with much of the possession and Shoshana Field, who had come on for
Vicki Blake, had a strike at goal, which was saved.
Not to be out done, Laura came up with
number six at the end of the first half, when the ball went in after it
hit the crossbar, following her short range strike, to deliver her
hat-trick for the day.
At half time, Shoshana Field went in
goal, replacing Lily-Anna Tyrimos, who had seen little of the ball in
the first half and was allowed to come out to undertake a midfield role.
Manager Gerry McLucas had said to Bobbi
at half time, that he wanted to see a hat-trick from her as well as
Laura and he didnít have to wait very long, as Bobbi made a great
individual run past a number of players to score her third within 30
seconds of the re-start to make it 7-0. This was quickly followed by number
eight, when Paige McHenry struck the ball very firmly into the net from
the middle of the goal area, after 22 minutes had elapsed.
The last goal of the game to make the
score 9-0, came four minutes later, when Bobbi secured her fourth,
following a long throw from Hollie, into the goal area, with Bobbi
turning and drilling the ball past the keeper.
The attacks continued, with Laura hitting
the post, Vicki nearly tucking the ball away, Charlotte and Lily having
some good shots saved and Marva nearly scoring following a great passing
move with Bobbi.
Once again this was a good squad effort,
with everyone playing her individual part. Paige McHenry was
awarded player of the match for her determination and willingness to get
stuck in, when the situation demanded it.
Well done, hereís to Round Two !!
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League Bushey Rangers 0 Stevenage Borough Vixens 0
Garston Purples 8 Hemel Hempstead Town Girls
League Cup - Round 1
Garston Blues 0Luton Town Belles 4
Denham United 2 Hitchin Town Belles
Hoddesdon Owls 0 Hemel Hempstead 6
was always believed that this would be a difficult game for Tottenham,
given the fact that Denham has conceded few goals this season. This was
certainly the case and whilst the opposition didnít have one shot on
target in the whole game and Tottenham dominated possession for a
majority of the match no winning goal was forthcoming.
started brightly, with Charlotte McLucas going on some early runs and
with some timely passes, one of which went to Bobbi Cubberley, who had a
shot and the ball went wide.
was followed by some further attacks by Katie Bell, Laura Newby and
Vicki Blake who pushed up from defence. Regrettably the final pass
wasnít delivered to the forwards and the goalkeeper remained untested.
United concentrated on delivering long balls to their attackers and
Hollie Watson produced a number of important clearances, ably supported
best shot of the first half came from Charlotte, who ran into space and
let fly with her right foot. This produced a solid save from the
Denham keeper, who in the end would prove to be their saviour. Denham
had defended well in the first half and they did an even better job in
the second half as they came under fire from all directions.
girls continued to push up the park and once again were in sight of the
goal, but couldnít quite either make the final pass count or beat the
keeper, who was starting to get called into action more.
Tyrimos, the Tottenham keeper, had little to do, other than shout
encouragement and call for the midfield to assist Hollie and Vicki when
Kreel came on as substitute for Katie, within a few minutes of the
re-start to try and break the dead lock. Laura had a couple
of shots on target, which the goalie saved and Bobbi had at least three
runs, where, using her skill, she went past a number of the defenders,
but couldnít quite squeeze the ball passed the keeper, who was using
every part of her body to keep it out.
number of corners in a row were earned by Tottenham and chance after
chance were available in goalmouth scrambles, but Denham held firm and
the girls couldnít deliver the final knock out.
created a chance, when she was one on one with the goalkeeper, just
before the final whistle, but, once again, the keeper remained composed
and it was just going to be one of those days.
Blake was voted player of the match by the team for her excellent
enthusiasm both ends of the pitch. This is the girls first season
together and there will be times, when despite having all the play, it
doesnít go there way, which will be valuable lessons for the games
done, keep smiling.
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Hoddesdon Owls 1 Bushey Rangers 0
Garston Purples 1 Stevenage Borough Vixens 0
Hemel Hempstead 7Bedwell
Garston Blues 0 Hemel Hempstead Town Girls
Luton Town Belles 0 Hitchin Town Belles
lined up for their first game after the Christmas break with a changed
team for the friendly. With four key players missing Tottenham
called up the under 11s goalkeeper Daisy O'Sullivan and Jacqueline
McLucas, playing her first match for Tottenham aged seven.
match kicked off and under one minute later Tottenham were a goal
down. The goal was well worked with a run down the left, then the
player cut inside and shot for the first goal of the match.
Minutes later the Minors were back attacking again, but this time they
were met by Daisy, who collected the ball from the Minor player's feet.
team from Essex kept the pressure on, but Tottenham started to gradually
claw themselves back into the game, with timely tackles by Hollie Watson
and Charlotte McLucas in defence.
made a slight tactical change and moved Charlotte up the pitch, with
Shoshana Field dropping back into defence. The only real chance
for Tottenham to draw level in the first half fell to Bobbi Cubberley,
after some midfield pressure, but unfortunately for Spurs, the keeper
saved it. Tottenham finished the first half more spiritedly than
they had started it.
second half began much brighter for Tottenham with an inspirational run
by Hollie Watson, who ran the length of the pitch, but to no avail.
Bobbi Cubberley kept on trying her luck at goal with Laura Newby, but
the Writtle Minors keeper did well to keep them out. Tottenham
camped in the oppositionís half with many chances at goal, where they
came close to scoring.
came out on pitch in the second half, with Shoshanagoing in goal. Charlotte McLucas made sure that
Shoshana didnít see too much of the ball, with quick closing down,
something the manager Gerry had talked about at half time. Some
excellent and timely tackles also came from Paige McHenry, Laura Newby
team gave their all and despite a late substitution with Jacqueline
McLucas, Tottenham couldnít quite create the much needed break
through. Daisy helped Tottenham in defence tackling and passing
the ball up field to Laura Newby the striker.
player of the match went to Charlotte McLucas who played very well.
done a good way to run off the Christmas pudding.
Ladies started their 2005 campaign with a tough game against Bushey
Rangers, who have a very good defensive record in the league, having
only conceded 12 goals in their 12 previous games.
a very windy and cold day, the girls kicked off, with some strong
tackling on both sides from the start, which continued throughout the
game. Bushey Rangers marked the Tottenham players well, but
gradually Spurs started to string some passes together, lead by Katie
Bell on the left hand side of the pitch.
first goal came after six minutes from a well worked move on the left,
which saw Bobbi Cubberley cross the ball to the feet of Laura Newby, who
drew back her right foot and let the ball fly into the back of the net.
followed that goal up with her second, from a move, which started with
Hollie Watson who kicked the ball half way up the pitch to Katie and she
then drilled the ball to Laura, who made no mistake in beating the
Rangers werenít detered and continued to press the Tottenham midfield
of Charlotte McLucas, Katie Bell and Paige McHenry, who had come on for
Bobbi.Charlotte was busy
looking for the break through and made a number of runs down the right
hand side, ably supported by Paige who was terrier like in her tackling.
the Bushey girls found a way through and produced a shot on goal, which
was well saved by Lily-Anna Tyrimos, but the ball bounced out to a
Bushey player who shot again and Hollie Watson kicked the ball off the
near miss, seemed to spur the Tottenham girls on once again and Vicki
Blake started a run on the left hand side from the half way line and
danced her way down the pitch, beating a number of players with her
pace. She then coolly slotted the ball passed the keeper into the
bottom right hand side of the goal after 19 minutes.
was called into action once more in the first half, but once again
produced a solid save to keep a clean sheet.
Gerry, encouraged the midfield to mark tightly at half time and come
back when the defence was under pressure. In addition given that
the wind was now in their faces, it was important that they passed well
and kept possession of the ball.
girls started the second half with a spring in their step and Bobbi and
Katie both had attempts on goal very early on, which were well saved by
the keeper. Marva Kreel had started the second half and was soon
in the thick of the action, delivering some passes to her team-mates.
Bobbi was tripped in the area, a penalty was awarded to Tottenham.
Bobbi stepped up to the ball, which promptly blew away on a gust of
wind. The referee re-positioned the ball and once again, Bobbi ran
up to the ball and it just squeezed under the diving keeper's body after
who had a great game was rewarded a minute later when she blasted the
ball passed the keeper to score number five for Tottenham.
their credit Bushey never gave up and the defence of Vicki and Hollie
were called into action a number of times. Indeed, Hollie made a
number of timely tackles and clearances to ensure that the opposition
didnít let fly with any goal attempts.
Field came on as a substitute and straight away got involved in
assisting the defence.
second penalty of the day, came after 27 minutes when a Bushey playerhandled the ball in the area and once again Bobbi stepped up to
this time blast the ball into the top of the net to make it 6-0 to
had another attempt on goal after 29 minutes, but unfortunately she
couldnít quite find the back of the net. After
33 minutes however, following a Bushey corner, Marva, with Shoshanaís
assistance, brought the ball up the pitch and then delivered a good pass
to Bobbi, who took the ball on to beat the keeper and score her
hat-trick for the day and remain the teamís top scorer of the season.
whole squad was used and had played well in very difficult weather
conditions and against a tough determined opposition.
player of the match was awarded to Hollie Watson, who had been a tower
of strength at the back.
done, a game, which blew the cobwebs away !!
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1 Luton Town Belles 0
Hoddesdon Owls 3 Denham United