Leamington Lions U18s Girls 1 Wyrley U18s Girls 6

Wyrley made the 50 mile journey to Leamington and were soon disappointed with the state of the pitch that could have been a leveller and to some degree was!
Despite this they made a promising start, although passing was difficult in the long grass. With Leamington’s first real foray into the Wyrley half, a mix up led to a simple pass into the net. Wyrley heads didn’t drop, however, and a cross from Jemma Clews was fumbled by the keeper and Sophie Shorrock was on hand to smuggle the ball into the net. 2 open goal opportunites were spurned.
Clews put Wyrley ahead when she smashed the ball past the right hand of the keeper. She claimed her second just before half time when an Emily Quimby effort was half saved, dropping nicely for Clews to side foot home. An injury to Amy, led to a solid performance from her replacement Lauren Gilbert at the heart of the defence.
Leamington came out for the second half in determined mood and although they had no clear cut chances, had a number of corners. Clews claimed her hat trick when a cross to the far post nestled in the net. An unfortunate own goal made it 5 1 before Laura Lindsay finished off a fine flowing move to hit wide of the keeper.

Highlights for each girl: –

Nia Jay – had no chance for the goal and save well a shot that was dipping under the bar
Leah Fanning – had a tough opponent but coped well
Cath Davis – her heading was to the fore again and was comfortable in possession
Amy Marshall – had a good game with a number of timely tackles before injury ended her shift just before half time
Lauren Gilbert – did the simple stuff well – and because of the pitch we had to keep things simple today
Saff Hicken – also put in a good shift and blocked a number of passes that could have caused problems
Laura Cumberledge – her usual energetic self and had a shot well saved at the near post
Beth Crook – back to her simple passing best
Laura Lindsay – took her goal well and linked up well with Emily and Beth
Emily Quimby – coped well with the conditions and fed the forwards at every opportunity
Hayley Turner – had a number of fine runs before injury also cut short her time in the game
Becky Jones – linked up well with Jemma on the right and had a couple of half chances
Sophie Shorrock – scored a goal she should get more of – not a goal where she beats 3 or smashes in from 20 yards, but a poacher’s goal
Jemma Clews – took her goals well and had 2 others ruled out for offside and a foul

Well done girls – getting back towards your best. Some short grass next week!

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