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Division 1
L - League LC - League Cup CC - County Cup F - Friendly
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Results & Fixtures








9th September 2007 A South Park Girls - - - Postponed -
16th September 2007 H Aldershot Town 10:00am  L 3-14 Bushby (2), Whitehead -
23rd September 2007 A Woking - F 1-2 Lauren Whitehead -
30th September 2007 A West Byfleet Scorpions - L 1-3 Harriet Thorne MR
7th October 2007 A Woking Cougars 1:00pm L 1-5 Stephanie Bushby MR
14th October 2007 A Epsom Eagles - LC 4-5 Bushby(3), Whitehead MR
28th October 2007 A Brockham Badgers - L 2-3 Stephanie Bushby (2) MR
4th November 2007 A AFC Walcountians - L 2-4 Stephanie Bushby, Emma Holland MR
11th November 2007 H Guildford Saints - L 1-7 Stephanie Bushby MR
18th November 2007 A Kingstonian Youth - L 1-0 Emma Holland MR
9th December 2007 A Aldershot Town - - P-P Postponed -
16th December 2007 A Hamsey Wildcats - - P-P Postponed -
6th January 2007 H Farncombe 11:00am  CC2 P-P County Cup Second Round -
13th January 2007 H Farncombe 11:00am  CC2 P-P County Cup Second Round -
20th January 2008 H Farncombe - CC2 0-10 - MR
27th January 2008 H AFC Walcountians - L 4-5 Stephanie Bushby (3), Hazel Barnett MR
3rd February 2008 H Brockham Badgers - L 0-2 - MR
10th February 2008 H Kingstonian Youth - L 7-0 Bushby (2), Whitehead (2),
Barnett (2), Thorne
17th February 2008 H Merstham U14 Girls - F 0-10 - MR
24th February 2008 A AFC Walcountians - F 3-6 Bushby, Whitehead, Fry MR
2nd March 2008 H West Byfleet Scorpions - L 4-0 Bushby (2), Barnett, Holland MR
9th March 2008 H Hamsey Wildcats 1:00pm  L 3-2  Bushby (2), Whitehead MR
16th March 2008 A Aldershot - L P-P Postponed -
30th March 2008 A Aldershot - L 8-4 Bushy (4), Barnett (2), Whitehead (2) MR
20th April 2008 H Woking Cougars   L 3-7 Whitehead (2), Bushby MR
27th April 2008 A Guildford Saints - L P-P Postponed -
4th April 2008 H Hamsey Wildcats - L 6-1 Bushby (2), Holland (2)
Moran-Parker, Smith


Up to and including Sunday 4th May 2008

(Goal difference doesn't count in the league)

SC Girls League U13s Div 1
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Woking Cougars 16 12 2 2 63 23 40 38
2 AFC Walcountians 16 12 1 3 72 34 38 37
3 Aldershot Town 15 11 2 2 85 42 43 35
4 Brockham Badgers 16 7 2 7 31 32 -1 23
5 Guildford Saints 14 7 1 6 47 30 17 22
6 Merstham 15 6 0 9 46 57 -11 18
7 Hamsey Wildcats 15 3 2 10 35 61 -26 11
8 West Byfleet Scorpions 16 3 1 12 21 71 -50 10
9 Kingstonian Youth 13 1 1 11 14 64 -50 4


May I take this opportunity to thank all of the parents for their help during our 1st season together. Also to everyone behind the scenes, without them the girls wouldn’t have any football. I really hope the girls stay together next season, although there is room for improvement. I will be looking to add a few new faces to help strengthen the squad. SO THE STRENGTHEN STARTS NOW!

Any year 8 girls wishing to join a successful and friendly club can join in their end of season trials being held at the Merstham Recreation Ground on Thursday evenings 7:00pm till 8:15pm. Or contact team manager Keith Fisher 07989258067. The U13 girls will hopefully be entering a few 5 and 6 aside tournaments during the summer period. So now's the time to join.

WELL DONE EVERYONE! As promised, at the start of the season, I stated, that every player would be a better player than they were at the start of the season, you proved me right!

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 6 v 1 Hamsey Wildcats
4th May 2008


With several key players missing for their last league game of the season Merstham U13 girls played host to Hamsey Wildcats in the Surrey County Division One Girls league. Manager Keith Fisher told his girls that he was willing to let them play in whatever position they liked, it was all about enjoying the match. Both teams played in a friendly manner, but Merstham soon showed their class with a five goal 1st half romp. Two goals from top scorer Stephanie Bushby, (bringing her season's tally to an incredible 27 goals.), Jazmine Moran/Parker scored her 1st goal of the season, and Emma Holland scored two, to round of a fine first half performance.

Second half and Merstham did indeed switch players around, Goalkeeper Josie Bush had a rare run out in mid-field, Jazmine Edwards took over between the sticks, she too had an excellent game in her new position. A brave Hamsey pushed forward and were rewarded for their efforts with a second half goal, but Merstham stretched their lead when Jenna Smith scored to round off a really good first season together.  Fisher will be looking into strengthen his squad, for next season; any keen player interested can contact him on 07989258067. Finally, a fantastic second half of the season which saw Merstham put a six match unbeaten run together. Well done girls. Look forward to seeing you next season.

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 3 v 7 Woking Cougars
20th April 2008


Top scorer Stephanie Bushby reaches her target of 25 goals, set jointly by manager Keith Fisher, and her dad Tony at the start of the season, but this was not enough to stop a very strong Woking Cougars side, who, if they win their last game next week will win the Surrey County Division One title.

Manager Fisher, this week had the rare luxury of having two subs, but at the end of the game, thought that was the reason Merstham lost their winning streak."You always want to give everyone a run out, but when you make changes, it sometimes unsettles the rhythm in the team this was the case, as Woking punished us every time we made changes”.

Merstham found themselves two down in the first two minutes, something they have done most of the season however a wonder strike from the inform Lauren Whitehead  gave Merstham new hope. Woking went further ahead making it 3-1 at half time.

Fisher gathered his troops and said that they were up against a very strong side fighting for the title, we've proved we can match any team this season with our style of football, but sometimes you have to play the tough way, the girls took this advice onboard, and although they finally lost 7-3 they didn’t let their watching supporters down. A second goal from Whitehead, and Bushby's 25th goal of the season, rounded of a brave 2nd half effort. Harriet Thorne was outstanding in central defence, and the young Josie Bush made some excellent saves in the Merstham goal. Fisher said "I am really proud, how the girls have played in this their 1st season”. He gave the player of the match award to Harriet Thorne

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Aldershot Town 4 v 8 Merstham
30th March 2008


Merstham Girls U13 stretched their unbeaten league run to five wins in a row with their best performance so far; with an emphatic 4-8 away win against championship favourites Aldershot Town.

Merstham were out for revenge since their 1st game defeat, also against Aldershot, going down 14-3. Once again Merstham travelled with the bare eleven, but this time manager Fisher was confident that this would benefit his side as he wouldn't have to keep making changes that sometimes disrupts teams. Aldershot went ahead in the opening minutes, Merstham this time levelled minutes after when Stephanie Bushby got her first of four. Merstham went 2-1 ahead when the skilful Hazel Barnett lobbed the keeper from way outside the box. Aldershot then levelled only to see Bushby slot her second to put Merstham 3-2 up. Aldershot levelled just before the break making it 3-3. 

The half time team talk was, same again girls! Merstham went in front again when Lauren Whitehead got the 1st of her second half brace making it 4-3. Barnett got her second to stretch Merstham’s lead to 5-3. Aldershot pulled one back making it 5-4, but Merstham had the taste for victory and put the game out of Aldershot’s reach with further goals from Barnett, Whitehead, and another two from Bushby taking her tally to 24 goals, one short of her target, with three games left.

Manager Fisher was full of praise with his girls, saying, all the hard work they have put in at training is beginning to pay off, and he kept the player of the match award, saying he couldn't pick out one, as the whole team played superb.

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 3 v 2 Hamsey Wildcats
9th March 2008


Merstham U13s girls came back from 2-0 down with a well deserved late winner against Hamsey Wildcats in this League Division One fixture. They found themselves 2-0 down in the first five minutes. Hamsey found the Merstham’s defence napping twice and punished them. Fisher told his girls to step up a gear, Merstham responded to his orders, only to find the Hamsey keeper in great form.

The second half however saw a more determined Merstham, they managed to pull an early goal back when top scorer Stephanie Bushby raced through to give Merstham new hope. Merstham were now making a game of it and equalised with a wonder goal from Lauren Whitehead, her curling shot gave the inform Hamsey keeper no chance. With the two teams now level at 2-2. Fisher was hoping his side would concentrate on defending, but Stephanie Bushby had other ideas. She used her pace, and slotted the ball under the diving keeper to give ten girl Merstham all the points.

Fisher was full of praise with his team, saying ‘that was the best comeback he had seen. They showed true team spirit.’ He also gave credit to the Hamsey keeper telling her that was the best performance he had seen from any keeper this season. Lizzie Reynolds picked up the Player of the Match award.

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 4 v 0 West Byfleet Scorpions
2nd March 2008

Merstham Girls U13s carried on their good run with an excellent 4-0 home win against a well organised West Byfleet side who were sitting one place above them. Fisher decided to switch Captain Harriet Thorne to central defence, his decision paid off, as she was awarded the player of the match. Josie Marsh also played in her new role, switching from left wing to centre midfield. Her ability to make important tackles and to keep her position, gives play-maker Hazel Barnett more freedom in midfield, in fact it was Hazel Barnett’s skilful run through the Byfleet’s defence that opened the scoring, and her shot was too firm for the Byfleet keeper. Byfleet could have scored two quick goals when they had two one on one attempts on the Merstham goalie, only to see Josie Bush stand her ground both times to keep Merstham in front. Merstham continued to press forward, a further two goals from top scorer Stephanie Bushby, and Emma Holland secured Merstham's best performance.

Keith Fisher

AFC Walcountians 6 v 3 Merstham U13 Girls
Sunday 17th February 2008

Merstham U13 girls travelled to table toppers AFC Walcountians. Although this was only a friendly, this gave manager Keith Fisher the opportunity to give the younger girls that have been training with his team a rare run out, all three youngsters gave a good battling performance. Fisher also took the opportunity to change some of his regular players positions, Josie Marsh slotted into centre mid-field, and played her best game this season. Captain Harriet Thorne was put in the heart of the defence where she also played her best football. Merstham took a long time to get into the game, a mixture of new faces, and players in new positions, was the main reason they found themselves 4-0 down at half time.  Fisher told his girls he wasn’t interested in the score line only the way they played as a team. He told his senior players that were getting disheartened to keep going and believe in their own abilities. This paid off as Merstham stepped up a gear, young Kathryn Fry, making her debut, came on and caused AFC all sorts of problems down the right flank, she nearly scored with her first attack, only to see the AFC goalie scramble her shot off the line. Goals from Stephanie Bushby and Lauren Whitehead got Merstham back into the game, only to see AFC score two more to increase their lead. Merstham still pressed forward, and were rewarded a penalty when the lively Kathryn Fry was brought down in the box, Fisher told her to take the penalty, and she smashed the spot kick home. Fisher knows his side needs strengthening next season, but was really impressed with the youngsters,  Keep going girls, have faith, it will work out, trust me!

Report by Keith Fisher

Merstham U13 Girls 0 v 10 Merstham U14s Girls
Sunday 17th February 2008

With no league action for either side this week, the Managers put on a friendly between the two younger girls teams. Played in proper match conditions (cold weather, bobbley pitch, dodgy linesmen but with a quality referee!!) the U14s were the strong favourites as age and experience were going to be the biggest factor in the game. Huge credit to the U13s who contained the 14s for most of the first half and kept the scoreline to only 2-0 going into the break.

Keith Fisher’s side were not overawed by the elder team and showed a lot of grit and determination, never shirking tackles even when up against the 14s terrier Jacque Waiton. The Under 14s had their shooting boots on the wrong feet as they squandered chance after chance, whilst the U13s attack found it difficult to penetrate the U14s new look back three, especially the pace of ‘Roadrunner’ Becky Fry, whose younger sister incidentally played for the U13s and had an excellent game.

The second half was all about experience as the U14s began to control the game in all areas. A little more composure in front of goal saw them add eight more and proves that these friendlies are invaluable during breaks as the girls are able to work on these aspects under less pressure. The U13s will have learnt much from this outing. To keep their shape is more important than apologising to team mates for hitting them with the ball, to communicate with each other and to keep their heads up (the same kind of things the U14s were doing up until recently!. All of these will come with time and the experience of playing week in week out will undoubtedly see the U13s team playing some excellent football……the basis is there for a very good side.

The good news for the U14s is that Farncombe dropped 2 points at Molesey which puts us back in the frame for 2nd place. The home game against Knaphill is now a game that we need to be at our best. Our form, our formation, our fitness are all steadily improving and we believe that we can beat the league leaders on our own patch.

Well played to both teams……a good work-out, and many thanks to all the parents who turned up to watch, support, encourage, run the line and abuse the referee!!!………the girls and the managers appreciate your time and input into our teams.
Daryl, Mick and Keith

Report by Daryl Sullivan

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 7 v 0 Kingstonian
10th February 2008

Merstham Girls U13s carried on where the 1st team left off when they followed the terrific FA Vase win with an emphatic 7-0 home of their own win against Kingstonian. What a weekend to notch up their first home win. Kingstonian were a few players short, but credit to Merstham for the way they passed the ball around. Goals from Stephanie Bushby (2), Lauren Whitehead (2), Hazel Barnett (2) and a wonder goal from Harriet Thorne saw off a brave and determined effort from Kingstonian. Lauren Whitehead picked up the player of the match award.

Manager Keith Fisher afterwards said to his girls “it was just a matter of time before we hit someone for six after the way we have been playing the last few weeks. We in fact went one better this time.”

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 0 v 2 Brockham Badgers
3rd February 2008

Merstham girls U13s entertained Brockham Badgers for their Division One league encounter; they lost 0-2, but it was such a one sided match in Merstham’s favour. Merstham again had the bare eleven, due to several key players unavailable through illness. Merstham pinned Brockham in their own half for most of the game, but found themselves a goal down just before the interval when a rare Brockham shot was deflected off of a Merstham defenders leg, sending the approaching goalie the wrong way, This was Merstham’s only mistake and if they had put one of their many chances away it wouldn't have mattered.

The second half was even more one sided; Merstham pushing forward, thought they should have had a penalty when the skilful Hazel Barnett was tripped in the penalty area. It looked like the referee was going to blow her whistle but changed her mind. With Merstham pushing for the equaliser they left a gap in their defence which Brockham punished with their first attack to make it 2-0. But Merstham never gave up. They continued to pass the ball around but they just didn't have the luck in front of goal.

Manager Keith Fisher was full of praise with the effort his team showed. Hazel Barnett picked up the player of the match award for an outstanding performance

Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 4 v 5 AFC Walcountians
27th January 2008

Merstham U13 Girls played their first league game since November 2007. They went down 4-5 to league leaders AFC Walcountians in a well balanced game. The pitch was in perfect condition, the sun was shining and the football was great to watch. AFC went two up before Merstham could get into their stride. A fine brace from top scorer Stephanie Bushby saw the teams level at half time. Then it was a case of AFC scoring, then Merstham equalising, Stephanie Bushby getting her third to equalise making 3-3. Then the skilful Hazel Barnett got on the score sheet to make it 4-4 only to see AFC snatch a late winner. Both teams came off to cheering supporters, Jenna Smith picked up the player of the match award, but it was a great team effort all round.

 Keith Fisher

Surrey County Cup 2nd Round
Farncombe 10 v 0 Merstham
20th January 2008

Merstham Girls U13s played their 1st game of 2008 on Sunday; in fact their last game was way back in November 2007. They travelled to Farncombe in the 2nd round of the County Cup, but they were no match for the Premier League side; going down 10-0. Manager Keith Fisher was just pleased to see his team playing again; he gave new signings Katie Hopkin and Josie Bush a run out to see how they coped. Both girls battled well with Josie playing in goal for the very first time and with a little bit of coaching she looks to be a future talent. She was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ for her efforts, The U13s are due to meet league leaders AFC Walcountians next Sunday, weather permitting, they gave AFC their hardest game last time they met.

  Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Kingstonian Youth 0 v 1 Merstham
11th November 2007

At last Merstham’s U13 girls notched up their first league win on Sunday when they travelled to Kingstonian youth in this League Division One match. Again Merstham travelled with the bare eleven due to players being unavailable. Manager Keith Fisher's pre-match team talk was to concentrate more on defending this week. We know we have players that can score, but we have been letting in too many goals. Merstham welcomed back captain Harriet Thorne and the tough tackling Claudia Bailey. This gave Merstham the added strength they were lacking in last week’s defeat. They pinned Kingstonian in their own half whilst the defence coped with anything that K's attack had to offer. The pre-match talk must have sunk in as the Merstham keeper Becky Hart was finding it hard to keep warm. Merstham’s pressure paid off when, after a goal mouth scramble, the ball struck a K's defender’s arm only to see the Referee wave play on. Merstham striker Emma Holland was first to react and slotted home from close range. With a 1-0 half time lead Fisher reminded his girls to concentrate on defending as Kingstonian would not give up easy. But Merstham’s defence were playing the best they had all season and coped with everything that Kingstonian had to offer. This allowed Merstham’s play maker Hazel Barnett to show off her many talents in midfield, Merstham missed several chances to extend their lead but fully deserved their first victory.
Maria Pearson picked up the player of the match trophy

  Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Merstham 1 v 7 Guildford Saints
11th November 2007

Merstham Girls U13s recent run of improving with every game took a minor step backwards on Sunday when they entertained Guildford Saints, a 7-1 home defeat was a surprise to everyone, it was another one of those days where if Merstham had put there early chances away Guildford would have had a harder time to get back into the game.

After a fine start Merstham found themselves a goal down when the ball was deflected into their own net giving the Merstham keeper no chance, Guildford took advantage of this and went further ahead. Merstham never gave up, but were no match for a strong Guildford side, there were some individual good performances from the Merstham girls with Josie Marsh picking up the ‘Player of the Match’ trophy, and Hazel Barnett outstanding again in midfield The pacey Stephanie Bushby scored to increase her tally to 10 goals so far this season, she has set herself a target of 25 goals. Merstham were missing key players, but it was just a bad day. Manager Keith Fisher knows that the team spirit he has at Merstham they will soon get back to playing the football there used to watching.

 Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
AFC Walcountians 4 v 2 Merstham
4th November 2007

Merstham U13s girls travelled to Division One league leaders AFC Walcountians and were paid the highest compliment when the AFC's manager told the Merstham girls that they had given his team the toughest game so far this season. Merstham’s manager Keith Fisher stated to his team that the score line didn't really justify the game’s result Merstham came off at half time 2-1 down however they so could easily have been three goals up. But a combination of shots off target, and some fine goalkeeping from the AFC goalie.

Merstham went 1-0 up when Stephanie Bushby again showed her pace and slotted past the keeper. If Merstham could have put their chances away whilst they were on top it may have been too much to ask AFC to get back into the game. But two quick goals saw AFC in front. At the interval all Fisher had to say to his girls was same again please. He did however point out that they were now kicking up hill and had to be careful not to get caught out.

AFC took advantage of the downhill slope and soon went 3-1 ahead. Merstham’s team spirit soon  got them  back into the game when, on this occasion they did have a substitute Emma Holland back from a three week layoff due to an injury, raced through and her shot gave the AFC keeper no chance. Merstham were now back in it and were giving everything to try and find the equaliser. But yet again AFC broke forward to stretch their lead.

Although Merstham came off 4-2 down, they were rewarded with the compliment from AFC that they were the best team they had played so far this season. Manager Fisher stated that team spirit was high and the way they are playing was excellent. The support has been fantastic. He gave the ‘POM’ award to Jasmine Edwards.
Goalscorers were Stephanie Bushby and Emma Holland.

Merstham entertain Guildford next week without Captain Harriet Thorne, and tough tackling Claudia Bailey, but Fisher can now give other girls a run out.

 Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Brockham Badgers 3 v 2 Merstham
28th October 2007

Merstham U13s Girls’ Manager, Keith Fisher, wasn't surprised to wake up and find texts messages on his phone. Once again he had to take a bare minimum eleven player team, with four players unavailable, this time they travelled to Brockham Badgers, Merstham didn't have a game last week, and were keen to get back into it. They had most of the possession in wet and windy first half but came off one nil down.

The girls gathered together at half time under the umbrellas, Fisher said he was really pleased with the way they were playing, if we get an early goal in the second half, that’s all they need to boost their confidence. The pacey Stephanie Bushby responded straight from the restart, when she ran through and slotted the equaliser, Merstham were now making a game of it. Corner after corner, soon paid dividends when Bushby netted her second. Stand-in keeper Jaz Moran-Parker pulled off two great saves to keep Merstham in front, but couldn’t do anything about Brockham’s equaliser. Both teams were pushing for the winner; Harriet Thorne & Hazel Barnett were outstanding in midfield and the defensive partnership of Claudia Bailey & Lizzie Reynolds kept Brockham’s forwards under control with their positive tackling. However a rare miss kick from the impressive Merstham stand-in keeper allowed Brockham to score from close range, Merstham never gave up and pushed forward time after time, Bushby and Whitehead both forced great saves from the busy Brockham keeper but time was against them.

After the game Fisher gathered his girls together and was full of praise for their never say die attitude, but he knew if they had fresh legs to bring on it may have made the difference. Girl of the Match went to Lizzie Reynolds

Manager Keith Fisher is looking for an assistant to help run the team; anyone who thinks they can help every Sunday can contact the Director of youth football at Merstham FC Paul Elsey 07971484137

 Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s League Cup 1st Round
Epsom Eagles 5 v 4 Merstham
7th October 2007

Merstham U13s Girls who have kindly been sponsored by DE photo and W. Edwards Property Consultants, travelled to Premier Side Epsom Eagles in the 1st round of the League Cup. During the pre-match warm up manager Keith Fisher expressed to his team that 100% effort was needed against a higher division team if they were to pull off a cup shock, but within five minutes of the start they found themselves 2-0 down. Merstham were just too slow to wake up and their mistakes were punished. However, they soon started to play the passing football that they have been improving with every game and were soon back in the game when the pacey Stephanie Bushby scored two quick goals. Lauren Whitehead added another to put the Division One side 3-2 ahead. Merstham were playing the best football they've played so far this season there was now a bit more grit in their game; something that has been missing over the last few games. But a moment’s lack of concentration let Eagles equalise. The teams went in level at half time.

Fisher gathered his girls together and he pointed out that they cannot afford to make mistakes and that’s the only reason Eagles were in this game. The second half was much the same both teams pushing for the winner. Merstham thought they had won the game when Bushby scored her hat-trick only to see Eagles equalise with just two mins left. With the teams locked at 4-4; extra time was needed.

Merstham matched Eagles and remained level at the break. But the dream was not to be, Eagles scored two mins from the end to end Merstham’s brave effort. Manager Keith Fisher found it hard to nominate a player of the match, saying the whole team deserved the award, but as Stephanie Bushby scored a hat-trick she was given the award.

Although it was a 5-4 defeat it was outstanding performance by the girls against a Premier League Side. More of the same next game, please girls!

 Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
Woking Cougars 5 v 1 Merstham
7th October 2007

When manager Keith Fisher received a phone call from his team captain saying she was not feeling very well, and was unable to play, he was wondering if this was the start of one of those mornings, so he was forced into making one change from the team that played so well last week, Stephanie Bushby who was unavailable last week took skipper Harriet Thorne's place. Merstham's home advantage and 10:00 am start was changed at the last minute so they travelled to Woking for an afternoon KO, The extra lie-in didn't seem to benefit Merstham as they came off at half time 3-0 down.

Fisher gathered his troops for a half time team talk to try and solve the lack lustre first half performance, he singled out right back Charley Nolan and said she was outstanding, and that if every player put the effort in that she had the score line would probably be different. He also told his girls that we gave them their goals because they weren’t physical enough in the 50-50 tackles, something that they've got to learn soon, although Merstham played the better passing game it was Woking’s direct kick and run tactics that proved to be the decisive factor.

The second half saw a better Merstham team, but still went a further two goals behind. Manager Fisher decided to make a few changes, he brought off Bushby for a rest, then put her back on as a striker, this paid off straight away, as Bushby gathered the ball and ran a full 30 yards skipping past three challenges and then saw her shot saved by the Woking keeper but managed to slot the rebound in from close range, this put new life into the Merstham team, but it was too late, Merstham did play the better football but have got to be more physical.
Player of the match was Charley Nolan.

 Keith Fisher

SCGL U13s Division 1
West Byfleet Scorpions 3 v 1 Merstham
30th September 2007

Merstham U13s Girls travelled to West Byfleet with a bare 11 side, due to players being unavailable. Manager Keith Fisher knew this would be a key factor in the result. Merstham played their best football so far this season only to end up with a 3-1 defeat for their efforts.

Merstham pinned Byfleet in their own half for most of the first period, Jenna Smith in the Merstham goal was merely a spectator, but it was Byfleet who broke the deadlock when Merstham made a rare but costly mistake when they failed to clear the ball and allowed the attacking forward to slot the ball past the stranded Merstham keeper. Merstham stepped up another gear looking for the equaliser, with efforts from Whitehead hitting the bar and Holland seeing her efforts continuously being saved by the Byfleet keeper. It looked to be one of those days, until skipper Thorne riffled in a close range shot, her first for the club, to bring the teams off level at half time.

Manager Fisher was more than pleased with the work rate his girls had put in, and said same again please. However without having any subs to rely on he knew that it was asking a bit much, Byfleet took advantage of having extra players, and this soon began to take effect as some of the Merstham girls were beginning to tire. Lizzie Reynolds was suffering with her asthma in the heat and although she ran her heart out she had to leave the field this gave Byfleet the edge they needed and scored twice in a second half where ten girl Merstham still played the better attacking football forcing save after save from the Byfleet keeper. Hazel Barnett and Harriet Thorne were outstanding in a new midfield partnership.

Fisher, rallied his girls together at the end of the match to give praise to his troops, Hazel Barnett picked up the new ‘Girl of the Match’ award kindly donated by Mandy Bailey. It was a fantastic game to watch, with fantastic support. 

Keith Fisher