Leek Town U12 1 v Wyrley Meerkats U12 3

After a turbulent summer of transfer shenanigans within the league, the re-scheduled fixture list had the Meerkats travelling North to Leek Town. I have trouble getting the girls and parents to the Long Lane site on time, so it was a squeaky bum moment to see if all would turn up.  The majority of the team rocked up at the destination and was greeted with a thick stench of cow poop perfuming the northern air.  This coupled with the copious amounts (means lots of – Mrs Sturch Porter) of dog poop on the pitch was enough to turn the hardened individual green around the gills.  The gaffer turned up last and looked rough to say the least.  It later transpired he’d been living it up with the guys from Showaddywaddy and the Grumbleweeds after a week long Nursing home tour – Rock and Roll!!!!.

13 Meerkats travelled north – the biggest squad in the league.  A true testament to the bond, unity and camaraderie the girls have, plus the A* guidance form Dave and I.  We have strengthened the side with 2 welcome additions – Mya and Mollie.  They have both settled into the zany world of the Meerkat mentality and will contribute greatly to the team.

The pitch, apart from being coated in a wealth and variety of poop was also not what I’d say flat.  Lets just say the girls are going to go back in the winter with their sledges.  The goal nets had gaps that could have easily been mistaken for nets from the Krypton Factor, all that was missing was Gordan Burns.

With the gaffer being spoilt for footballing talent it only provides a greater headache for choosing the starting line up.  He opted for Skye ‘Loco’ Lee between the sticks supported by Abbie ‘Delap’ Clay, Millie ‘Stonewall’ Sturch and Molly ‘The Bouncer’ Cattell.  Erin ‘The General’ Waddilove chosen to marshal the midfield alongside Faith ‘Mouse’ Youd  & Mya ‘The Magician’ Sidhu.  Chloe ‘Sonic’ Venables & Eloise ‘The Engine’ Yates lead the line.

We kicked off down the hill and it wasn’t too long until a sortie down the left flank by Eloise who stood up a cross for Faith to neatly tuck away past the Leek keeper.  A great finish greeted with rapturous applause from the travelling supporters.  Some great interplay between Mya, Erin, Eloise and Chloe produced many an attack which was thwarted purely due to the class of finishing.  Erin was battling away in the middle of the park and the physicality of the Leek players was unexpected.  The back 3 were holding the line very well for a defence only playing the offside rule for the first time.  Leek manage to draw level after the Meerkat defence failed to clear their lines and the ball squirted underneath Skye’s body.  Faith and Mya were working the wings well and were providing quality passes for the front 2 to work with.  One sortie into the Leek half resulted in intricate passes that led to a lay off to Erin who’s shot whistled past the keeper to give the Meerkats the lead.  The gaffer made some switches with Sophie ‘The Terminator’ Marlow, Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ Parker, Melissa ‘Mini’ Cooper and Katie ‘Peggy’ Mitchell.  All subs tackled hard and gave 100% effort whenever on the pitch.  The ref blew up for half time and the girls welcomed the break as they were hanging out their shorts!!

The second half kicked off up the slope we went! It turned into a physical contest between the 2 teams with one effort causing the General to be winded by a flailing arm.  It takes a lot for the General to go down but she had her wind well and truly knocked out her sails.  Eloise was drafted back to cover the general who was unable to continue and all the Meerkats rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in.  Another goal was inevitable as the girls broke with electrifying pace and gusto.  A corner ball delivered with precision was hit by Mya, Ellie or was it a Leek defender (answers on a postcard) and fizzled into the net.  Game, set and match to the Meerkats.


Managers Player  – Molly Cattell – worked tirelessly in the heart of the defence and led by example

Parents player – Faith Youd – Took her goal well and could have had a second! Definitely had 3 shredded wheat prior to the game either that or a hair dryer incident from the gaffer (Dad). Faith the goal was worthy of a tenner, make sure your dad coughs up!!

Thanks to the parents for getting the girls there on time!

Thanks to Mark Mitchell for accepting linesman duty, the roles is voluntary but Dave will buy you the occasion pint……………….. of water!


Things to work on

Fitness – you know who is unfit, you all know that the games are longer and the pitch is bigger – we need to get fitter!! Parents can help out by sending them in the garden or going on bike rides!!

Work the defence line – If we are well drilled we’ll catch many a striker in the offside trap

Set pieces – Creativity required with  Freekicks and corners


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