Wyrley Meerkats U12 3 Stoke Town ladies U12 2
Slightly delayed match report, however quality is worth waiting for! Isn’t it?
‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’
With the gaffer quoting such poignant citations prior to the match we were all ready for a battle! Mark Mitchell looked like he’d been in a battle with his new shell suit trousers, sharp creases were witnessed to the front of said trousers and he even left the cardboard in!!!dont know if the trend will catch on, watch this space!
Our Northern foe Stoke Town Ladies visited the Long Lane stadium with an intent on retribution. Many a battle over the past couple of seasons have seen the mighty Meerkats bath victoriously over Stoke. Granted, these past victories have been hard fought, ‘somme’ esque battles, but nether the less we came out the victors.
A misty morning greeted the 2 teams that cast an eerie feeling prior to kick off. Gaffer ‘Paisley’ Youd gave the starting lineup, a tough task in itself.The Meerkats donned their tin hats and fixed their bayonets and were ready to charge! The referee blew the whistle and the battle cry of the Meerkats filled the damp, misty air! Chloe ‘Sonic’ Venables used her pace to charge the Gatling gun down to seek possession, her strength and pace a definite quality of the team. The Meerkats looked comfortable with the lions share of possession, using the flanks with Mya ‘The Magician’ and Melissa ‘Mini’ Cooper teasing the Stoke defence at every given opportunity. Erin ‘The General’ and Eloise ‘The Engine’ were bossing the midfield and creating the through balls for Sonic to feed on. It’s was only due to the balls being hit slightly too heavy that we didn’t reap rewards. Millie ‘Stonewall’ Sturch along with her sergeants Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ Parker and Mollie ‘The Bouncer’ Cattell were marshalling the defences and battening the hatches down. A rare sortie into the Stoke half by Mollie saw her 20 yard strike just skim the crossbar. The crowd were warming up with oohs and aarrrhhs at every apt moment, sounded more like a pirates convention. However, lapses of concentration allowed the Stoke #10 to power her way through and put the visitors 2-0 up in quick succession. The cheerleaders reminded the girls that past victories have been won from a losing position, and not to lose heart! Katy ‘Peggy’ Mitchell put in a strong performance when replacing the magician 2/3 through the first half.The ref blew for halftime and the Meerkat army regathered and refuelled.
The Meerkats looked hungry and were chomping at the bit. They attacked with intensity and desire. They gained possession and played some intricate 1-2 passes between Mya and Eloise. This resulted in Eloise skinning the defence down the left wing to centre a ball for Mya to drop her shoulder and curl the ball beyond the Stokey keeper. Words cannot describe the quality of this goal but Louis Van Gaal would have been purring!!! The volume intensified when Millie’s clearance come through ball was jumped on by Eloise who neatly finished into the neat. The supporters were getting more vocal and enthusiastic, people watching the other game were turning round to watch the beautiful football of the Meerkats. 2-2 and the girls were smelling blood! The Stokeys were on the ropes, being pounded into submission, body blows uppercuts the only thing missing was the Rocky Theme tune. Sonic was causing mass panic with her pace and the decibel increased as Chloe tucked away the Meerkats third. Mass hysteria ensued on the sidelines, like a scene from Airplane, bodies everywhere, garments everywhere it was chaos!! 3-2 up and the girls maintained the pressure Abbie ‘Delap’ Clay was peppering the Stokeys with her Exocet throws. Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ was quelling all attacks with her no nonsense approach! Faith ‘mouse’ youd was threading the balls down the wing for the engine and sonic to feed on. Whilst Mya was mesmerising the opposite wing with her footwork wizardry. Time was nearly up and a Stokey sortie resulted in a scorcher of a shot being unleashed on target! Cheeks were clenched, mouths were dry as Skye leapt like a Salmon to fingertip the ball over the bar!! Exquisite save that instigated a rapture of applause from all supporters!!
The whistle blew for full time and the girls celebrated with gusto! The supporters recognised the quality of both teams and applauded both sets of warriors. It was better than watching the wolves was a quote from a dingle fan!! Need we say more!!!
Quality through and through! A marked improvement on the week before.
Keep working as a team and keep playing with the smile on your chops! You make the manager, coach, parents and Wyrley Juniors very proud..
Remember form is temporary, class is permanent!!!
Managers player for a Ron Vlaar esque performance went to Millie ‘Stonewall’ Sturch.
Parents player teddythingymajig award went to Erin ‘The General’ Waddilove for a captains performance of gigantic proportions…
Thanks Mark for running the line – much appreciated