Stamford Bridge Girls under-13s side won the championship division of the City of York Girls Football League last weekend, following a draw against York RI and an away win at Copmanthorpe.
Stamford Bridge 0 v York RI 0
It was the final home match of the season for league leaders Stamford Bridge, sponsored by Cellhire the global York based telecoms rental company, as they entertained third placed York RI on Wednesday evening in a top of the table clash. With both teams still having an opportunity to win the title, the game proved to be a stalemate and frustratingly for the hosts it ended in a goalless draw.
For the second match running the home team were without their first choice keeper. This time it was Ellie Parkin who bravely stepped between the posts for the first half with Olivia Cant donning the gloves for the second. Both girls did very well and maintained their teams excellent run of clean sheets, now four in a row and ten for the season.
Stamford Bridge started the first half kicking down the slope and were immediately on the attack. From a long throw in the third minute they nearly opened the scoring as the visitors struggled to clear the ball. In the seventh minute the visitors hit back when good build up play in midfield resulted in a speculative shot from distance going wide of the left post.
The first real goal scoring opportunity of the match fell to Stamford Bridge in the twelfth minute when a pass from Ellie Fitzmaurice dissected the York defence and found Emma Nelson clear. Unfortunately for the central midfielder, her resulting shot was agonisingly inches wide of the post. The midfielder was again unlucky a minute later when her excellent strike from distance cannoned off the crossbar.
From the second half whistle Stamford Bridge went in search of the all-important first goal. This time it was striker Jess Wills who went close from a corner as her valiant effort went inches over the crossbar. The home team were now trying everything to break the deadlock. Player of the match Alice Ella, having defended resolutely throughout the match, mounted a quick break from defence forcing a corner. From the resulting kick the visitors again had to scramble the ball away. The last real goal scoring opportunity of the match fell to the home team in the thirty sixth minute. After some good work in midfield, the ball broke to captain Ellie Whytock in space on the right. Her right foot strike forcing the York goalkeeper to make a good save at the near post.
Having taken just a point from the game, Stamford Bridge now needed to win on Saturday away to Copmanthorpe to lift the title.
Copmanthorpe 0 v Stamford Bridge 2
Stamford Bridge, sponsored by Cellhire the global York based telecoms rental company, had an exciting conclusion to their league fixtures on Saturday with an away trip to fellow title contenders Copmanthorpe, needing a win to secure the Championship. On the day Stamford Bridge produced one of their best performances of the season to come away with a confident 2-0 win.
Once again the visitors had to take the field without the services of their first choice goalkeeper but the stand in duo of Ellie Parkin in the first half and Olivia Cant in the second again coped admirably to ensure the all-important clean sheet.
Stamford Bridge were full of confidence from the first whistle and within two minutes had taken the lead. Central midfielder Emma Nelson’s exquisite pass found Olivia Cant in space who made no mistake with her shot which rifled into the back of the net. In the fifth minute from a corner, defender Ellie Fitzmaurice saw her shot go agonisingly wide. Five minutes later they went very close to doubling their lead when good work by striker Jess Wills set up Emma Nelson whose shot shaved the side of the upright.
Going into the second half still only one goal up there was still an air of confidence from the would be champions as Captain and player of the match Alice Ella was proving rock solid at the back. Stamford Bridge were eventually rewarded with a second goal in the twenty ninth minute of the match. Ellie Parkin found herself in space out on the right and swung in a super ball which was met at the far post by Ellie Whytock to fire home. There was still time for Kirsten Wright to go close when her shot from distance was well saved by the Copmanthorpe goalkeeper. Seconds later the final whistle brought jubilant scenes as the Stamford Bridge players and supporters celebrated the wonderful victory and the league title.
This has been a memorable season for the champions. After losing their opening game back in September they then went on a thirteen match unbeaten run. They scored forty six goals and only conceded six and had nine clean sheets. The triumph is testimony to the player’s talent, hard work and discipline. They have had fantastic support throughout the season from their families and have received excellent coaching from their manager Helene Whytock. The latter has not gone unnoticed and Helene was recently awarded ‘Coach of the Year’ by the East Riding County FA. All the attention now turns to this Saturday when they meet Premiership team Poppleton in the League Cup final.