We welcomed Tatternhoe’s U12s this weekend for a friendly and, our last game of the season. The morning was overcast but mild and there was definitely a sense of being ‘demob happy’.
Due to numbers, we were able to play 9v9 in preparation for next season and Dean set the girls up in a Christmas tree formation with Jas up front, Olivia, Izzy & Charlotte in midfield and Scoobs, Kitty, Ruby & Mollie across the back. Freya took up her usual spot in goal for what will be her very last home game for the Clarets. To begin with, Tayla & Katie were on the bench.
WWFC started quicker out of the blocks largely dominating possession. However, as is common in football, going against the run of play Tatternhoe secured a corner and the first goal of the game as our girls struggled to clear the ball. Woburn were a little guilty of ball-watching rather than going in for the tackle.
Woburn gathered themselves though and went on to dominate much of the first half with many shots on or around the opposition’s goal but just failing to secure the ball comfortably into the back of the net.
Olivia took a hard ball into the stomach which forced a change of line-up but happily she was back on in the second half. The visitors’ captain also took a ball hard in the face but thankfully she too carried on.
It remained at 1-0 when the half-time whistle blew.
With the back line under-used, Dean rejigged the team to give us a more attacking emphasis (which I have named the Christmas tree formation with a fairy on top, ie 1,1,3,3 1). The girls looked comfortable with this and held the pressure on the opposition.
Woburn remained on top and on one occasion Izzy bounced off the post lining it up perfectly for Katie who, although connecting well with the ball, sent it sailing over the crossbar. Never mind Katie; another day that would have gone in.
Woburn had nine corners during the course of the match and both Kitty & Olivia put Tattenhoe’s defensive line under immense pressure. On one such occasion, Kitty fired the ball into the danger area where it took a number of deflections and finally went in off Charlotte’s boot to credit her with her first goal of the season. Well done Charlotte.
Olivia, who had her work cut out marking Tatternhoe’s athlectic winger, was awarded Girl of the Match today by the opposition. Our parents named Ruby K as their Girl of the Match for the home team. Ruby gave a solid defensive performance with some increasingly effective passing.
Although we largely dominated the match today, as backed up by my dodgy stats below, I don’t feel we should pat ourselves too hard on the back as we lacked the passing play which had started to become a feature of some of our previous matches. Perhaps this was because the girls were adjusting to a different line up and to the increased numbers in play, which is understandable. I do think all the girls benefitted from the increased pitch time.
A good end to the season.
Possession 1st half 70% – 30%
Possession 2nd Half 60% – 40%
Shots on target 4-1
Shots off target 9-2