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Under 14 Girls - Match centre

Hitchin Belles
Bury Rangers FC
 (1', 41', 42')
Full time
Sat 9 Feb 10:00 - Friendly

Football in a Hurricane


Storm Erik Causing Havoc

A difficult day for football. The pitch was totally exposed and the wind was hurricane strength blowing from one goal to the other. Awful conditions to play in, especially at youth level. It was obvious that kicking with the wind would present an insurmountable advantage.

We had the wind in the first half but conceded a soft goal early on due to a lack of pressure on the ball. After that, we came alive and we were camped in Hitchin's half. Despite several chances, we didn't score despite some excellent play.

In the second half it was vital that we were able to retain the ball and catch Hitchin on the break. In the first ten minutes we were excellent again and nearly scored, playing some neat football. Then tiredness set in and a physically stronger Hitchin took over. The second goal was a cross/shot that looped over Jodie (caught by the wind), hit a post and went in. The third goal was one of only two clear chances Hitchin created all game.  

Special mention to Ilana who made her debut - she was full of energy and good running.

Poppy Ruane - was player of the match, Poppy kept possession well in the second half and was first to every challenge

Match report by Chris Hopwood.

Poppy Ruane

Player of the Match

Poppy Ruane

Key moments

Goal Goal for Hitchin Belles
Goal Goal for Hitchin Belles
Goal Goal for Hitchin Belles


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80:00 Player of the Match
Poppy Ruane is awarded player of the match for Bury Rangers FC
42:00 Goal 3 - 0
Goal for Hitchin Belles
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Hitchin Belles
End of period 1
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Hitchin Belles
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hitchin Belles
  • Bury Rangers FC
  • 0
  • Goal 1:00'
  • Goal 41:00'
  • Goal 42:00'

Team selection

Austin, Jodie Austin, Jodie
Hopwood, Maddie Hopwood, Maddie
greaves, Bethany greaves, Bethany
Venables, Rhianna Venables, Rhianna
Thornton, Emily Thornton, Emily
Ogutu, Lisa Ogutu, Lisa
Epstein- Newland, Illana Epstein- Newland, Illana
Witham, Amber Witham, Amber
Ruane, Poppy Ruane, Poppy
Southwell, Erin Southwell, Erin
Toye, Beth Toye, Beth


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