City of York Girls Under-13 League
Following their good performance in securing a point last week, Stamford Bridge, sponsored by Cellhire, the global York-based telecomms rental firm, arrived for the game keen to push on further in their quest to pull away from the wrong end of the table.
After winning the toss, captain Eve Ferguson chose to change ends to take advantage of the slight slope and wind, and this proved to be a wise decision.
Early play was dominated by Stamford as they kept the ball, passing their way up the pitch, however Driffield were proving a tough nut to crack and battled hard to break up Stamford’s rhythm. Stamford did have chances from Natalie Lynch and then Ellie Whytock, but they were saved by the Driffield goalkeeper, the latter shot being pushed around the post for a corner.
Hannah Robertson took the corner and, using the wind, she curled the ball over the heads of all the players and into the roof of the net to take the game to 1-0 for Stamford. Driffield did not give up and they pushed forward for an equaliser, but the defence of Alice Ella and Ellie Fitzmaurice held firm, breaking up many attacks. When Driffield did break through, Georgia Stanton, in goal for Stamford, had an excellent game and kept her goal safe.
A long goal kick from Stanton found Lynch who passed to Whytock, back to Lynch whose shot deflected off a Driffield defender for another corner. It was Robertson again who took the kick and rifled it low and hard along the byline to see it slip under the keeper for Stamford’s second.
The half-time chat was to push for more of the same for Stamford and they started strongly with excellent interplay between Lynch, Whytock and Ferguson. Stamford did not have it all their own way, however, as Driffield never gave in but found Stanton in the Stamford goal in excellent form.
A short goal kick from Stanton to Ella was then moved forward to Ellie Whytock in the middle of the field. She controlled well before passing to Ferguson on the left, who then slotted the ball through the middle for Lynch to run on to, taking the ball in her stride. On approaching the keeper, she shot strong and hard past the Driffield keeper and into the net - an excellent move throughout the team.
Driffield were not giving in and they continued to contribute to the game and nearly got a goal back after a long run from their right back saw her try a Beckham-style long-range lob over the keeper, but Stanton’s positioning was excellent yet again and her fingertips were enough to push the ball on to her crossbar for Ella to clear.
Another good performance from Stamford, whose enthusiasm for midweek training is paying off in the weekend matches.