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Oct 8, 2013

Worcestershire U 14 County Squad

Victory for squad in season opener

Worcestershire got their season off to a great start with a three nil victory against Shropshire. This was the U14s first outing as a team playing against a Shropshire side who had only played one fixture previously. Worcestershire were led by captain Abby Bevan and vice captain Kerstin Ballard.

As both teams were relatively new to playing as a team, the start saw both sides struggle to string together consecutive passes. However Worcestershire thanks to the midfield triangle of Lily Eustace, Abby Bevan and Kiera Douglas began to spray the ball across the pitch with great effect.

Although Worcestershire started brightly they could have been a goal down as Shropshire's lively forwards were dangerous on the counter attack. However, France Stenson making her debut in goal, raced of her line to prevent a goal scoring opportunity.

As the game developed the defense started to gain confidence in ball retention with Cerys Dolloway and Lucy Dovey linking up well with midfield to create attacking opportunities in transition.  When Shropshire got into advanced positions it was the tenacity of Tegan Trowbridge and Kerstin Ballard that kept Shropshire at bay.

The wide play of Megan Jones and Rebecca Gompertz was encouraging and helped create opportunities for Catherine Vose whose movement and link up play with midfield showed great promise for the season.

Goals came in the first half through two wonder strikes from Lily Eustace who dictated play from a central possession, demonstrating great vision and awareness with her range of passing as well as being confident enough to shoot from distance.

Going into half time Catherine Vose scored the games decisive goal with a great run and finish from an acute angle.

The second half saw all five Worcestershire players come off the bench to gain their first experience of representative schools football. Natalya Pulver partnered Leannah Rayment in central midfield and they both worked hard to move the ball to their team mates. The introduction of Ella Partington brought aerial dominance to the back line as Ella looked composed in possession of the ball and confident in defensive duties with Tegan Trowbridge who led by example throughout the game.

Amy Mulcock had a great influence from a forward position and demonstrated a great first touch and awareness, looking to create opportunities in the opponents final third.  Melissa Hinton was unfortunate not to score after great play down the wing by Megan Jones late in the second half.

Special mention goes to Frances Stenson who withstood late pressure from Shropshire as they pushed onto to snatch a goal from the game. Frances was very quick of her line and showed great awareness and composure on the ball throughout the game.

A positive start to the season in a game that showed great structure and fluidity in Worcestershire's play within the first half. The second half saw the game lose its structure and shape due to a raft of substitutions made by both sides, however a number of pupils who featured in the second half made a great impact.

Players Player goes to Lily Eustace with Managers Player going to Tegan Trowbridge.