Spurs Ladies U13 maintained
their unbeaten record on a chilled afternoon with intermittent spells of
sunshine against St Albans City Youth U13 at Fredrick Knights Sports
St. Louis wore the number 1 shirt in the absence of goalkeeper Daisy
As the match got going,
Georgia Bruce (left wing) and Nikki Hunnable (right wing) were busy
getting into the face of the St. Albans defence in the first twelve
minutes of play. Ayse Mustafa and Taylor O’Leary busily won the
ball in midfield with support from Charlotte Dean.
Spurs drew first blood in
the shape of Laura Smith, whose vision was keen to spot the St. Albans
keeper off her line and the striker delivered the perfect lob from 25
yards out. A second chance came begging when Nikki Hunnable
charged down the right wing and delivered a timely cross into the
penalty area in the 22nd minute. Renata Inniss slightly
over ran the ball and instinctively tried to improvise with a flick, but
the ball went wide of the goal. Olivia Keown, Rosie Kmita and
Katie Mills very busy trying to quell the odd attack from the St Albans
After 25 minutes of the
first half, Whitney Tango substituted Taylor O’Leary. Spurs had another
chance in the thirty-first minute through Charlotte Dean who shot just
wide of the goal post. St. Albans came close to getting an equaliser in
the 34th minute, but Olivia Keown denied their striker a
clear shot on goal. One minute later Renata swerved through the St
Albans defence to give Spurs a 2-0 lead.
Two minutes of play in
the second half, Spurs extended their lead to 3-0 from Whitney Tango.
Shianne had to make a save in the 13th minute before giving
up the No. 1 shirt to Charlotte Dean. Katie Mills got in some
strong tackles to thwart the St. Albans offence, whilst Hannah Lyons
made some good runs down the left wing to keep the pressure on the St.
The visitors managed to
mount a couple of attacks towards the Spurs goal, but their way was
blocked by Olivia Keown on both occasions. In the twentieth
minute, Renata received the ball from Hannah Lyons on the left-hand side
outside the18 yard box only to see her shot on goal just missing the far
post. The St. Albans goalkeeper showed good judgement in moving at
the right time to deny the Hotspurs any more goals for the rest of the
It was a good spirited
match against a team who previously took the scalp of Luton Town and
drew with Enfield Town.