U/17s Girls – Champions!

Wyrley Juniors U/17s Girls 2 RPS Dynamos U/17s Girls 2

Don’t be fooled by the scoreline, Wyrley deserved to win this game but tried their hardest to gift the points to their opponents.

In sweltering conditions, Wyrley dominated the first half totally with Nia Jay in goal not having one single shot to handle. At the other end, Hayley Turner’s pace caused problems and despite feeling the heat the ball seemed to be attracted to Laura Cumberledge who turned the right back inside and out and beat her for pace at every opportunity. Jemma Clews had a fine game on the right side, tracking back to support the excellent Emily Downes and using her pace and guile to get through the RPS defence.
Emily Quimby had a chance to open the scoring but her fine free kick hit the inside of the post and rolled to safety. Turner had the chance to score but despite trying to hit the ball with her left foot, it lacked power. Rachel Hall used her strength and pace to keep the RPS captain quiet, with Beth Crook mixing her game with short passes and darting runs forward. Quimby opened the scoring with a tremendous drive from 35 yards that the keeper could only parry into the roof of the net. The half deserved more but a lead is a lead.

RPS started to get a foothold into the game, yet all the chances continued to go Wyrley’s way. Hall had the opportunity to double the lead but her shot hit the post. Turner had 2 one on ones with the keeper but unfortunately hit wide. A tremendous run from Clews led to a stinging shot that was well saved. Cath Davis and Amy Marshall were a brick wall in defence and Leah Fanning at left back was very reliable and broke forward well. But as usual in these games, the luck continued to go against Wyrley and a mix up in defence when a bouncing ball that should have been cleared twice led to Emma Braines hitting the equaliser.
Wyrley heads didn’t go down and a shot from Quimby from 30 yards just cleared the post. Clews had another chance that went wide and Hall also went close. With 4 minutes to go and no more goals looking likely, a mix up in defence led to Braines steering the ball past Jay. RPS players and crowd celebrated as if the league title was still on, but allied to Wyrley’s technique and strength is a strong will and back they came. With 90 seconds to go, Clews darted forward onto a Quimby pass and her cross shot eluded the keeper and nestled into the far netting. Cue delirious scenes from the Wyrley players and finally Clews emerged grinning from the pack.
Seconds seemed like hours and as the whistle went, Wyrley knew they had deserved the result. The match facts say it all – RPS 2 shots on goal to Wyrley 15.
A big thank you to Saff Hicken who was an unused substitute but who was there in case of need and to Nad Bunce who, through many operations this year has been unable to play a game, but turned up to support her team mates.
Wyrley made it 4 Premier Division League titles and 4 Cup Wins in 6 years – now officially the best team at this age group in the Area, despite what other websites and Girls football magazines may say!

Now for a trip to Devon for Whitsun week, with friendlies organised against Feniton Ladies and Paignton Pilgrims Open Age teams.

And then we have the team presentation night on June 11th and the League Presentation on June 26th. And then 2010/11 season……………..!!

Girls – you have deserved your success – well done!


Since writing the above there has been some very adverse personal comments on the RPS website about the referee, me and also comments about me quoting the wrong scorer for them. I am not going to stoop so low to respond in a similar style but will only attach a copy of the match report completed and signed by Paul Walmsley Lycett who is the manager of RPS. This can be opened by clicking on the link below. You will notice that the form states the scorer for them as Emma Braines! Clearly, someone has made a mistake and it certainly isn’t me!
Secondly, Andy Martin has refereed all 4 matches between the teams – even RPS’ home match where they organised the referee! In the 4 games RPS won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 and the other they won on penalties. Interestingly, no complaints were made after the first 3 games!
Thirdly, our Under 18s team and 6 of our team make up the Ladies team that plays in the West Midlands Regional League on Sundays. The referee for their matches is usually Neil Hancox not Andy Martin, who has not refereed 1 game for our 18s or Ladies’ teams.
Lastly, I suggested to Paul that we have neutral linesmen as it was a league decider and also our usual linesman – a parent and therefore NOT neutral – wanted to watch the game rather than have the responsibility. I offered to organise. This was refused as they thought I was having a dig at Brian. This clearly wasn’t the case as it could be seen I was also having a dig at our own linesman. I will reiterate, a parent – whether ours or the opponents – is not neutral and is classified as a Club Assistant Referee NOT an Assistant Referee. Central Warwickshire Girls Football League Rule13C covers this point fully. If Brian is upset – I apologise but that was not what was meant although I am disappointed it has been aired to the world.

In all of this, I will let the reader decide which team won the league, which team came second and who can hold their head up high.


PS Number 2.

It now appears that the RPS website report has been amended to exclude any reference to an error on the match report form made by Paul Lycett and about the incorrect fact that referee Andy Martin officiates Wyrley Juniors teams Saturdays and Sundays. No apology received for this or for the personal insults which have been reduced in their number. A copy of the original report can be found by clicking on the link below. No apology – no surprise!
RPS report 220510

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