Three wins in a week

City of York Girls League - Under-13s

Stamford Bridge Scorpions, sponsored by Direct Tile Importers, climbed to fourth in the table with three well-fought wins.

Driffield...........................................................................................0

Stamford Bridge Scorpions.............................................................1

A makeshift Scorpions team had to field injured keeper Ellie Barker and struggled to get going in the early encounters. Driffield pressure forced early corners that swung dangerously through the Scorpions goalmouth.

As the half progressed, the Scorpions began to find their rhythm. Millie Templeman released Saffy Goddard who blasted a rasping drive just over. Next it was Templeman, who was released by Emma Orton and created space before belting a fine shot just over. The half ended with Scorpions on top but neither side could find a breakthrough.

The Scorpions started the second half where they left off and soon Alex Harvey released Templeman with a neat pass and she crashed a thunderous volley against the bar. Soon afterwards the Scorpions finally got their just reward. Goddard swung in a peach of a corner and Templeman clipped in a neat finish.

As the half wore on, Scorpions found their confidence and played some attractive football. Harvey was stepping out of defence and laying neat balls, inviting Goddard and Templeman to menace the Driffield defence. Orton was also finding more space and Scorpions nearly had a second when she clipped a neat lob over the Driffield back line but, as Goddard raced in on goal, a defender did enough to unsettle her and she shot just wide.

Debutant Emily Hyde had a fine game in midfield providing valuable cover and, with Vicky Sands in defence hounding them, Driffield struggled to create any clear chances.

Stamford Bridge Scorpions.............................................................2

ScarboroughLadies..........................................................................1

A tough encounter with high-flying Scarborough was settled in the first five minutes with two fine strikes.

The first was a trademark Scorpions move with Templeman releasing Goddard and her fine run was finished with aplomb. The second was another superbly-taken Goddard corner lashed in by Templeman on the volley.

Scarborough were unsettled and struggled to get going in the first half. Having barely managed a shot they sneaked one back with a deflected effort that gave keeper Ella Spanton no chance.

The second half was tense as Scarborough pressed. Harvey was sent to man-mark their most dangerous player and tracked her everywhere so she couldn’t get on the ball. Scorpions’ back line of Orton and Vicky Sands also held firm under pressure and, at the other end, Goddard and Templeman both came close to making the game even safer.

Stamford Bridge Scorpions............................................................1

Dunnington......................................................................................0

Despite the absence of the talismanic Millie Templeman, the Scorpions comfortably saw off Dunnington in a game in which they should have scored more.

The goal came early with a long ball from Harvey finding Goddard who raced through to score. After Goddard had nearly made it two, a well-struck corner was just volleyed wide by Harvey whose other first-half chances were smothered by the Dunnington defence.

At the other end, Spanton and Sands cleared anything that came their way and Orton dominated the midfield as Scorpions piled on more pressure. Further forward, Olivia Cant and Goddard combined well but couldn’t find a finish and several corners caused the away team problems.

The game nearly finished with the goal of the season as a 40-yard ball from Harvey was hit clean on the volley by Goddard but, with the keeper helpless, the ball agonisingly skimmed just over the bar.