Under 13 Girls Match Report @ Home to Romsey Town in the Hampshire County Division 2. (24/04/21)
Wow, what a difference a week makes.
The girls started the game very well and within 5 minutes were 1-0 up, with Hussey working hard in the box and getting her shot away to nestle in the bottom corner. Both teams battled well and fought hard for the ball and within 15 minutes the Linnets were 2-0 up with Flint grabbing the first of a very fruitful morning for her, followed by a third goal within 20 minutes as Flint netted again.
Romsey fought back and got a goal back just before half time against the run of play, but we went in 3-1 up at half time.
Second half, Romsey came back and scored again, and suddenly it looked like the game could get away from us, but this team is made of sterner stuff, and a 4th goal quickly followed as Flint notched her Hat-trick. Romsey broke away and almost got a 3rd but a full stretch dive from Ovendale kept the goal bound effort out, and from then on it was 1 way traffic. Flint notched her 4th and the Linnets 5th with a sublime lob over the keeper. If that goal was sublime the last was all about power, as Ray hit a thunderbolt from outside the box, which was unstoppable and finished the game off at 6-2 to the Linnets
Opposition player went to Ray and the Manager's player went to Flint with an impressive 4 goals and a solid 3 points towards the Linnets league campaign.
Under 15 Girls Match Report @ Home to Vectis Youth FC in the Hampshire League Cup Semi Final (24/04/21)
A late Jennings' strike was enough to see New Milton Town Ladies Under 15's edge past Vectis Youth to reach the Hampshire Cup final.
The prolific striker's measured angled shot across goal on 69 minutes proved the difference between the two sides in a tense semi-final at Fawcetts Field.
A strong, battling performance by the Isle of Wight team belied the gap of two divisions between the two sides.
While the Hampshire County League 1 hosts enjoyed most of the possession in the first half they were only able to carve out two goal-scoring opportunities.
Ridgley, fresh from her hat-trick performance of last week, had no such luck this time and saw a 20 yard shot go straight at the visitors' keeper. Charalambous then got on the end of a good move but hooked her far-post shot just wide.
At the other end, New Milton keeper White had little to do thanks to another solid display from the back four in front of her. The Linnets almost opened the scoring mid-way through the second half but Ridgley's flick volley after another fine move and cross by Ferrett was gathered by the Vectis keeper.
As the game wore on the opposition sensed their chance of an upset and almost took the lead with a free kick that curled just over the bar. The decisive moment came moments later when super striker Jennings ran on to Ridgley's pass and showed great pace to beat her marker and guide the ball into the far corner.
Vectis nearly equalised in the final minutes when a corner flashed across the New Milton goal before being whacked clear.
The Linnets will now face favourites Pompey in the Community in the final next week.
Kristian Weller gave his managers thoughts after the game:
I am delighted with the performance the girls put in today. Vectis were a physical and determined side who made getting the better of them very hard for us.
As the game wore on, it became clear that the side who wanted it the most would be the more likely to win and that a single goal would probably do it; which proved to be the case.
I'm so proud of all the girls; they have come back from the lockdown with a terrific attitude to compete and they truly deserve to be in the final next week where we are looking forward to taking on Pompey.
Squad: White, MacKinnon, Hammond, Gulliford, Culwick, Sedgwick, Carmichael, Vass, Ferrett, Ridgley, Jennings, Charalambous, Brookes, Bungay, Davey, Orchard.
Under 18 Girls Match Report @ Home to Winchester City Jays in the Hampshire County Division 1 (24/04/21)
They Remain Undefeated.
The under 18's returned to league action today and welcomed back Winchester City Jays with whom they played out a highly competitive cup semi final two weeks ago, New Milton running out 4-3 winners. City dominated the midfield in the early minutes but were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances in front of goal.
Both teams settled into the game but it was now the hosts threatening the City goal. The deadlock was broken on 30' when Hammond struck a shot from just inside the box that hit the top corner. We were nearly two up a few minutes later but Mortimer pulled her shot inches wide.
Half Time New Milton Town 1-0 Winchester City
The Linnets employed a more energetic, high press in the second half and had countless chances but the City defence were excellent. Our penetration down the right from Andrews, Baskett and Gray was causing all kinds of problems and one of our attacks saw Gray from right back position, cross the ball into the box, and with Mortimer bearing down, the defender had to try and clear the ball and unfortunately headed passed her own keeper.
City were now trying to counter-attack as we had the lions share of the possession but our defence stood firm.
With about 15 minutes to play, Fenton, playing on the left, cut in across the box and released her trademark top bins finish to put the game to bed.
An excellent performance on a warm and windy day.
Opposition Man Of the Match I.Baskett
Managers Man of the Match J.Andrews
Squad: S.Tailamon, A.Churchill, .Hammond, C.Youles, L.Barnes, R.Warner, K.Bonning, J.Andrews, I.Baskett, P.Mortimer, A.Fenton, N.Gray, K.Greenough