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MFC U14 Girls 2007/08

Division 1

L - League SC - Surrey County Cup LC - League Cup F - Friendly

Merstham Scores first

Fixtures & Results

Date

H/A

Opponents

KO

Comp

Res.

Scorers

MR
9th September 2007 A Dorking Girls - L 6-1 Constable (3), Waiton (2), Crowe MR
16th September 2007 A Farncombe Youth 12:00  L 4-3 Crowe (2), Constable, Taylor MR
23rd September 2007 H Guildford Saints 10:45am L 10-0  Crowe (3), Constable (3), Waiton, Taylor, Cooper, Tibble MR
30th  September 2007 A Kew Park Rangers - L 9-2 Crowe (3), Constable (2), Cooper, Waiton, Taylor, White MR
7th  October 2007 H Bedfont Sports 10:30am  L 4-3 Constable, Taylor, Ali, Crowe MR
14th October 2007 H Beecholme Belles - LC 1-3 Nicola Taylor MR
28th October 2007 A Molesey Badgers - L 3-5  Bianca Crowe, Eilish White, Becky Fry MR
4th November 2007 A Knaphill Wanderers - L 1-3 Nicola Taylor MR
11th November 2007 H Guildford Saints - L 2-2 Bianca Crowe (pen), Jordan Constable MR
18th November 2007 H Farncombe Youth - L 2-4 Bianca Crowe, Eilish White -
25th November 2007 H Kew Park Rangers - L - Match Awarded to Merstham -
2nd December 2007 H Molesey Badgers - L P-P Postponed -
9th December 2007 A Bedfont Sports - L P-P Postponed -
16th December 2007 H Dorking Girls - L - Match Awarded to Merstham -
6th January 2008 A Fleet 10:00am  SCC 2-0 Bianca Crowe, Jordan Constable -
13th January 2008 A Knaphill Wanderers - L P-P Postponed -
20th January 2008 A Guildford Saints - L P-P Postponed -
27th January 2008 A Farncombe - L 1-5  Jordan Constable -
3rd February 2008 H Beecholme Belles - SCC 0-4 - MR
10th February 2008 H Bedfont Sports - L 5-1 Crowe (2), Constable, Eaton, Waiton MR
17th February 2008 H Merstham U13s Girls - F 10-0 TBA MR
2nd March 2008 A Molesey Badgers - L 2-1 Jacque Waiton, Nicola Taylor MR
9th March 2008 H Knaphill Wanderers 11:30am  L 2-2 Eilish White, Nicola Taylor MR
16th March 2008 A Guildford Saints - L 4-0 Constable (3), Taylor MR
30th March 2008 H Molesey Badgers 12:45pm L P-P Postponed -
6th April 2008 A Kew Park Rangers - L Awarded to Merstham -
13th April 2008 A Bedfont Sports - L 5-2 Constable (2), Taylor, White, Tibble MR
20th April 2008 A Knaphill Wanderers - L 5-4 Constable (3), Waiton, Keith MR
27th April 2008 H Molesey Badgers - L 8-0 Crowe (5), Waiton, Eaton MR
               
               
               

 


FINAL TABLE

SC Girls League U14s Div One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Knaphill Wanderers 18 15 2 1 76 17 59 47
2 Merstham 18 12 2 4 67 37 30 38
3 Farncombe Youth 18 12 1 5 63 23 40 37
4 Bedfont Sports 18 7 1 10 41 52 -11 22
5 Molesey Badgers 18 6 3 9 31 44 -13 21
6 Guildford Saints 18 3 2 13 24 84 -60 11
7 Kew Park Rangers 18 2 1 15 18 63 -45 7

(Goal difference doesn't count in the league)

Dorking have withdrawn from the League and as such their results have been expunged



 
Farncombe Tournament

A fantastic day had by all

 Girls played great

 

Won group stage with a game to spare....
Won 3, Drew 1

 

Semi-final drew 1-1....won 4-3 on pens aet

 

Final v Croydon Borough (Premier League) drew 0-0....lost 4-3 on pens aet

 

Girls presented with Runners-up trophies Girls U14 competition

 

Squad:

Jess Toncyznski, Jordan Constable, Bianca Crowe, Emma Eaton, Jenny Cooper,

Cisem Ali, Alex Tibble, Nicola Taylor

The Girls meet Gary Lineker

 
SCGL U14s Division One
Merstham 8 v 0 Molesey Badgers
27th April 2008

Goals Galore as Merstham finish
Surrey County Division One Runners-up

The Merstham U14 Girls ended their season on a high with a goal-fest at home to Molesey Badgers. With the league runners up spot to play for and trophies to be collected at Imber Court, three points were a must. With confidence high, following last week’s fine performance against Champions Knaphill, the Moatsiders took to the field in positive mood looking to deliver the goods to an expectant crowd.

Within two minutes Bianca Crowe ended her goal drought to put Merstham on their way to a memorable victory. In a first period that saw the home side camped in their opponents half, goals were bound to come and in an electrifying seven minute spell Crowe set the park alight with three more strikes together with a hand in the own goal which gave the girls an impressive 5-0 lead going in at half time.

The call from the management was to remain focused and keep the Badgers firmly in their set. Having previously played two close games (Lost 5-3, Won 2-1), cool heads were required. On fifteen minutes of the second half it was Crowe yet again to hit the net, leaving the field soon after to huge applause having completed her personal demolition of the Molesey back-line. Again and again the amber and black wave pinned the away side back with the ever industrious Jacque Waiton finally getting her just rewards for her efforts with a strike on 65 minutes. The rout was completed a minute from time as Emma Eaton notched her second goal for the club and capped a marvellous all round performance from all the girls having restricted the visitors to a handful of attempts on goal throughout the entire match.

Overall a fantastic finale to a very good season for the girl, their determination and gritty performances against bigger and more physical sides at times has been breathtaking. Their desire has done them proud and as the season progressed, this team simply got better and better and were (in our opinion) the most dangerous team in the league coming down the back straight.

Daryl Sullivan and Mick White would like to thank John Duffy and Mark Norman for all their help and support in training and for bringing the girls fitness levels to a point that the other teams simply could not match. Big thanks to all the parents who turn out come rain (mainly) or shine to get behind the team. If there were a best supporter’s prize you lot would win it easily!! And finally, the biggest thanks goes to the squad of players who have worked so hard and deserve to collect their trophies this season….They are a credit to Merstham FC………..Looking forward to next season already.

What a great end to the season girls…..brilliant. Gutted I couldn’t be there but Mick said you made it look easy……well done. Hope to see you all at training….We reckon you lot will do very well in the summer tournaments…..also looking forward to next Sunday's Presentation Night……should be a good one!!!!   

DARYL AND MICK

 Report by Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division One
Knaphill Wanderers 4 v 5 Merstham
20th April 2008

Magical Merstham are superb as they lay waste to the Wanderers

Merstham U14 girls did their Managers, parents and club proud in a thrilling encounter at Division One leaders Knaphill Wanderers. The home team were looking to preserve their season long unbeaten record, but the Merstham Girls arrived in town with other ideas. In a titanic end-to-end clash, the Moatsiders came from behind twice to eventually secure the game 5-4 leaving their Managers and supporters emotionally exhausted. Having previously lost one and drawn one with Knaphill, Merstham went into the game with the belief that their opponents were in fact beatable following an impressive display at home last month in a hard fought 2-2 draw. Confidence amongst the girls was high with virtually a full squad to pick from. Stand-in keeper Lily Donovan once again played in goal and is fast becoming Merstham’s’ talisman between the sticks with her assured performances. The girls took to the field looking fired-up and ready for the challenge.

The opening exchanges appeared pretty even, but on four minutes the Merstham defence offered too much respect to the Knaphill front line and were duly punished with the home side’s first strike on goal. Although the away team steadied themselves, the Wanderers doubled their lead 11 minutes later following an unfortunate handling error by goalie Donovan. However, this was to be her one and only mistake in what was a truly top-drawer performance as Merstham’s keeper; her handling of crosses was outstanding for the remainder of the game. At 2-0 down it could easily have been a case of roll over and take a good thrashing from the league’s inform side, but to their immense credit Merstham rallied round to entertain the crowd with a fantastic display of courage, strength of character and commitment against a well organised and confident opponent. Following a period of sustained pressure, the Jacque Waiton Whirlwind breezed into the box to connect with a well delivered corner, crashing home a super volley giving the keeper no chance…….Game on!!! With five minutes of the half remaining Captain Jordan Constable stepped up to take a free kick from 22 yards out. With the instruction to ‘work the keeper’, she did more than that with an unstoppable strike to take the game into the break at 2-2.

The start of the second half saw the excellent Merstham back three switch off momentarily to gift Knaphill their third. Undeterred, the girls stuck to their task and drove forward, taking the game to their hosts. Huge performances were put in all over the park with Merstham’s midfield five taking the territorial advantage. Constable’s tireless work up front was justly rewarded when she applied a clinical finish to her now ‘trade-mark’ break past the last defender. With the game level, Merstham went in search of the winner and they edged in front for the first time when Constable coolly rounded the keeper for number four……if only the supporters were as composed!! When Bianca Crowe delivered in a sublime centre following great work in getting to the by-line, Grace Keith was on hand unmarked in the box to hammer in her first for the club and Merstham’s fifth of the game. Although Knaphill pulled one back, the girls saw the game to its 5-4 conclusion through sheer determination and hard work.

An extraordinary turn around from last week’s lacklustre efforts and a performance that had the Managers Sullivan and White in raptures. The player of the match however was very easy to pick….it was….Donovan, Sullivan, Rock, Ali, Tibble, Cooper, Fry, White, Waiton, Keith, Taylor, Eaton, Warner, Constable and Crowe……..EVERYONE A SUPERSTAR.

Lost for words this week girls…..couldn’t ask for any more…..you did yourselves, your parents and your football club proud…….Mick and I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for making running this team so enjoyable……it’s days like this that make us realise why we love it, and we forget about standing out on a freezing, wet and windy Thursday night watching you lot running up and down and doing press-ups while we drink tea and coffee!!!!!!.......only joking!!!!.......WELL DONE…….One game to go……lets finish the season with a goal festival………

DARYL AND MICK

 Report by Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division One
Bedfont Sports 2 v 5 Merstham
13th April 2008

Makeshift Merstham Make it a Marathon at Battling Bedfont

A patched up Merstham team made heavy weather of beating a nine man Bedfont side 5-2 at Heathrow. In bizarre conditions that included heavy rain, hailstones, bright sunshine and low flying aircraft, the Merstham Girls put in a performance that had Managers and supporters tearing their hair out. Missing key players Waiton and Fry through the middle and keeper Toncyznski with her arm in a sling meant that Eilish White donned the gloves (whilst nursing a broken toe), leaving the rest of the team to play in some unfamiliar roles.

Although down to the bare eleven, Merstham disappointed in the first half with the two girl advantage. Their passion and passing was non-existent and within two minutes were trailing, conceding the softest goal of their season. Looking lacklustre in midfield the away side simply could not break down a resilient Bedfont team who put five players in defence. Frustratingly the girls went into the break 1-0 down.

Wholesale changes in formation saw the Moatsiders take the second half with Donovan between the sticks and White playing through the middle behind a five man attack going player-for-player with Bedfont’s defence. Seven minutes into the half, sustained pressure brought about a trademark Jordan Constable finish...beating the last player for strength and pace to slot past the keeper. Further goals followed in quick succession ; Alex Tibble converting a fine volley from a corner, Nicola Taylor springing the offside trap to beat the keeper one-one-one, Eilish White rounding off some very neat one-touch football through the middle and finally a rasping drive from Constable on the edge of the box that the keeper simply could not stop. Bedfont carved out their second with the scoreline at 3-1, but were kept at bay by an excellent defensive display from Megan Sullivan putting in her best performance of the season, alongside the steady Jenny Cooper and Alex Tibble at the back.

The 5-2 scoreline flattered Merstham who paid huge respect to the nine girls of Bedfont who put in a superb, physical but fair, battling display and were a credit to their Manager and supporters. Finally, well played to the young referee taking her first game in charge, creating respect from the players and controlling the game in a very positive manner. Congratulations from all at Merstham. The girls remain in third spot, two points behind Farncombe with both teams having two remaining games.


Today we were disappointed with some attitudes out on the pitch......this is a team game and we must all pull together.....if we are asked to play in a position we should do so to the best of our ability.......otherwise we let
all of our teammates down....we have a great squad with a great spirit of togetherness......respect each other both on and off the pitch........HEADS UP FOR A REAL DING-DONG WITH KNAPHILL NEXT GAME.....We reckon you can beat them!!!!!!!!

Daryl and Mick

Report by Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division One
Guildford Saints 0 v 4 Merstham
16th March 2008

Mud Bath as Merstham Grind it out at Guildford

The biggest surprise of the day was the fact that this game was played at all. As the supporters braved the elements, umbrellas were wrecked and the players ended up looking like extras from the Black and White Minstrel Show.

The Merstham Girls took to their game plan immediately; to swamp the midfield and try to play short balls through the opposition back line as the atrocious conditions dictated that long balls were too difficult to get off the ground and stuck in the mud as soon as they landed!! After only seven minutes, Captain and ‘Player of the Match’ Jordan Constable proved this theory correct as she latched on to a through ball, neatly rounded the Saints keeper, and bagged her first of three for the afternoon. Four minutes later Nicola Taylor was quickest to react to Rebecca Warner’s drive that cannoned off the post across the six yard box. The Merstham no.9 slid through the mud for a distinctly ‘filthy finish’. The Moatsiders had the game well under control as they camped in the home teams half for the remainder of the first period. Three minutes before the break, Constable consolidated the lead beating the Guildford keeper one on one for pace to add to her personal tally.

The second half continued in the same vein with Jess Toncyznski between the Merstham sticks being reduced to a virtual spectator. The Saints resolutely defended their 18 yard box and, although the away side had all the possession, chances were difficult to convert due to the thick mud. Constable once again picked the defensive lock midway through the half and the hat-trick hero left the field soon after to take the plaudits and a well earned rest. The last quarter saw other players rested and a few experimental positional changes were looked at with the game drawing to a 4-0 conclusion.

Overall a comfortable win for the girls and well played the Saints who also battled terrifically in such difficult conditions. The hard work on the training field really pays off in games like this where fitness was a key factor. Merstham remain in third spot closing in on Farncombe in second.

Really well played girls in very tough conditions……super defending yet again, good composed performances in midfield, and some excellent forward play especially Jordan who stuck to her task of pushing up on the last defender…….another good all round performance and a clean sheet as well…….Speaking of all things clean, a big ‘sorry’ goes to the parents for the state of the cars etc. afterwards…..Mick has text me from the Far East saying he will gladly undertake all the kit washing on his return!!!!!!!!...........HAVE A GREAT EASTER

Daryl (Reigate) and Mick (Thailand)

Report by Daryl Sullivan

 

SCGL U14s Division One
Merstham 2 v 2 Knaphill Wanderers
9th March 2008

Magnificent Merstham end the Wanderers Winning Ways

On a weekend which was all about the underdogs in the FA Cup, Merstham’s U14 Girls took up the challenge to halt the Division One runaway leaders Knaphill Wanderers, and put in their finest performance of the season in the 'Battle of the Moatside’. The girls went into the game looking to end Knaphill’s 100% record without their leading goal scorer and knowing that nothing less than maximum effort would be required if they were to stand any chance against the clear favourites.

In a niggling stop-start encounter, the Moatsiders grew in stature and confidence from the opening whistle as they stuck to their game-plan and began to thrill the crowd with some fine football. With only seven minutes on the clock Eilish White broke through the Wanderers well marshalled back line to produce an exquisite finish…..1-0 to the home side. The girls battled for every ball in each area of the pitch and their tenacity and hard work was justly rewarded when midway through the half, Nicola Taylor produced a carbon copy of the first to put Merstham two up and looking great value for a huge upset. Some sustained pressure on the Merstham goal saw the visitors peg one back; whilst an extraordinary timekeeping error gifted Knaphill their second on 41 minutes of a 35min half!! However, these things happen and the girls came into the break with everything to play for.

In a tempestuous second half, the game took on a new complexion. Both sides were physically tiring and were having to dig deep, and as such gaps began to appear through the midfield. A titanic end-to-end battle took place with girls from both sides giving their all. The commitment and determination was a terrific advert for girls County League Football and was totally absorbing right through to the final whistle.

Honours even in a bruising encounter with the Merstham girls maybe getting the “points decision”. Managers Daryl Sullivan and Mick White have never been so proud of this team and to single out any one player for special mention would be impossible…..A Whole Team of Stars and an absolute credit to Merstham Football Club.

We have only one word to write this week………..FANTASTIC !!!!

Daryl and Mick

Report by Daryl Sullivan

SCGL U14s Division One
Molesey Badgers 1 v 2 Merstham
2nd March 2008

Merstham March Past Molesey on Mothers Day

Merstham U14s Girls gave their Mums something to smile about on a bright March Sunday Morning. In a tremendously one-sided affair that belies the scoreline, the Moatsiders laid siege to the Molesey goal for virtually one hour in a scene reminiscent of the Alamo, culminating in a fine 2-1 victory.

Once again playing 3-5-2, the away side took the initiative looking for revenge for the earlier 5-3 defeat back in October. Keeping good shape and using the width provided by playing five across the middle, the Merstham Girls spent the first half marauding down the right wing and camping in the Badgers half. Chance after chance fell to the visitors, but they were up against a Molesey keeper in inspired form, which brought her team into the break 0-0, much to the astonishment of the Merstham faithful.

Following a very sleepy start to the second period, Merstham eventually broke the deadlock with the ever industrious Jacque Waiton charging through the middle to connect sweetly with a fine cross from the right flank. The well deserved lead was to only last five minutes as a handling error at the back proved costly, the girls being pegged back from the resulting free kick. The outstanding Molesey keeper stepped up to thump the high ball into the net over the Merstham wall from the edge of the box. Merstham’s confidence had been dented. A failure to stick to playing positions saw the girls become ragged in midfield and were duly pressurised at the back. However, with a few rallying cries from the Merstham contingent on the far touchline, the black and ambers drove on to win the game in truly spectacular fashion…..A corner from Eilish White was met first time, full on the volley by Nicola Taylor who smashed the ball into the net…..a near perfect strike that even Stevie G would have been proud of !!! The late stunner with seven minutes to play clearly deflated the Badgers and Merstham went on to see the game out with some good controlled play…..just reward for the whole team who thoroughly deserved the victory. A very good all round effort from all the players. The football at times was a pleasure to watch

We played some really good football girls, and our commitment was 100%......WELL DONE….. It can be a bit frustrating for players, coaches and supporters alike when we are so close to winning but not quite getting there……but remember we are ALL part of this excellent team and we want to do well TOGETHER……..WE STICK TOGETHER AND WORK HARD TOGETHER!!! We dominated this game and on another day could easily have scored 10. Our fitness was definitely a factor today…..we were quicker to the ball, we reacted quicker and were ultimately sharper than Molesey…….Bring on Knaphill next week!!!!!!........KEEP IT GOING

DARYL AND MICK

 Report by Daryl Sullivan

 

Friendly
Merstham U14s 10 v 0 Merstham U13s
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 U14s Division One
Merstham 5 v 1 Bedfont Sports
10th February 2008

Under 14 Girls Keep the Merstham Party Going


A number of the Merstham girls U14 squad attended the Seniors FA Vase triumph on the previous day and were looking to perform similar heroics against a Bedfont side 3 points behind them in League Division One. The Merstham management called for the same passion and determination shown by the First Team against Consett, and the girls responded with a splendid 5-1 victory.

The Bedfont Girls were always going to be on the back foot being only able to field 10 players, and as such Merstham went immediately for the jugular. With only three minutes on the watch, Jordan Constable opened the scoring, racing onto a terrific through ball to calmly slot past the onrushing keeper. The new 3-5-2 formation saw the Moatsiders overwhelm the visitors in midfield and on 13 minutes Emma Eaton produced an exquisite finish inside the box, bamboozling the defender with clever drag-back and curling the ball inside the far post …her first for the club. On 20 minutes Bianca Crowe crashed home from 12 yards and three minutes before half time she added a marvellous fourth, lobbing the keeper and 2 defenders from the edge of the penalty area …….Merstham were cruising going into the break.

The second half saw the girls take their foot of the gas against a demoralised Bedfont, but nonetheless excellent contributions were put in by Becky ”Roadrunner” Fry and new signing Grace Keith on her debut. New formations were given an airing and pleasingly the girls really tried to put into practice what has been worked on in training. Typically a lapse of concentration in defence saw the home side concede midway through the half. but it wasn’t long before the four goal difference was restored with a fine individual effort from Jacque Waiton, neatly flicking the ball in from close range with the outside of the boot. Bedfont girls must be congratulated for battling to the final whistle against the odds, whilst the Merstham squad should be pleased with a very positive display all round,

Well done girls…..much better calling, moving into space and keeping a decent shape especially at the back………ALL OF YOU WERE STARS THIS WEEK…perhaps Mark will only make you do 20 laps in training this week !!!!!!!.....Keep it going!!!!

Daryl and Mick

Report by Daryl Sullivan

 

Surrey County Cup
Merstham 0 v 4 Beecholme Belles
3rd February 2008

Merstham Beaten by the Better Belles

For the second time this season, Merstham had a home cup draw against a very strong Beecholme Belles side. The Premier League side arrived at Moatside looking to repeat their 3-1 League Cup victory earlier in the season and duly despatched the home side to progress into the all Premier semi-finals, winning 4-0 in blustery and cold conditions.

Merstham looked to contain the Belles by playing 3 centre-backs and packing 5 into midfield where they were over-run in the previous encounter. To their immense credit the Merstham girls took to the new system very quickly and Jenny Cooper, Becky Fry and Alex Tibble all did exactly what was asked of them. Under an onslaught the Merstham back led held firm and stifled wave after wave of excellent attacking football by the Belles. As the game was played entirely on the back foot, chances for the Merstham forwards were few and far between, but they showed true determination to keep on running against an outstanding Beecholme defence. Merstham’s lock was finally picked mid way through the first half by a neat move and finish by the visitors. A second was added towards the end of the half to take the girls into the break 0-2.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first half with Merstham working tirelessly against the stronger side. Jacque Waiton once again put in a brave performance in the middle of the park and should feel that she could have given no more to the cause. For all of their battling, Merstham unfortunately could not contain Beecholme and conceded a further 2 goals before the final whistle.

The Beecholme Management congratulated the Merstham girls for their performance and especially for not letting their heads drop. They were also astonished to find out that exactly half of this Merstham U14 squad are competing in a league above their actual age group and that Lily Donovan who was outstanding in the Merstham goal was in fact a stand in keeper for the TWO regular keepers who were not available for this game. When we take these factors into account the girls must really take heart from the performance that they put in.

Daryl Sullivan

Another tough battle girls against a team who looked really sharp and experienced………well done especially the back 3 and the keeper…….maybe we can work further on this formation……..we need to sharpen up our basic football skills in training….the new facility is great and I think we will definitely benefit from it but remember………IT IS ONLY YOU GIRLS THAT CAN MAKE THE IMPROVEMENT BY BEING AT TRAINING AND WORKING HARD AND ABOVE ALL LISTENING TO THE COACHES………………….LETS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Daryl and Mick        

 

SCGL U14s Division One
Merstham 2 v 2 Guildford Saints
11th November 2007

Unlucky Merstham Held at Home by the Saints

Merstham U14 Girls welcomed Guildford Saints to Moatside for the second time this season hoping to repeat their previous 10-0 victory. In terms of territory and possession it was more of the same. The 2-2 scoreline however misleadingly suggests it was a much closer game.

Merstham took the game straight to the visitors in a first half which they dominated. Some great passing moves through the middle saw a number of chances go begging, but it was a hand-ball in the Guildford box that presented Merstham with the opener. Bianca Crowe stepped up for her twelfth of the season, smashing home from the spot. The girls continued to press the Saints back into their half as they looked for a second, but as the half drew to a close an outrageous offside decision went in Guildford’s favour. Although flagged by the linesman, a goal was awarded to the Saints striker who was clearly five yards offside.

The second half again was played almost exclusively in the visitors half. Although captain Jordan Constable’s great strike from the edge of the area gave Merstham a 2-1 lead, it was no exaggeration to say that the home side had at least a dozen chances to put the game beyond reach. Guilford rode their luck time and time again and with Merstham’s one and only defensive error in the game, the Saints once again hit the net. The game played out to a finish with Merstham throwing everything possible at the Guildford keeper in search of the elusive third, but to no avail. A hugely frustrating and disappointing result for the girls in a match so one-sided it is criminal they didn’t come away from as winners. Merstham stay second in the division and look for a slice of good fortune themselves in the coming fixtures.

Don’t quite know what to say girls…….you were excellent……good passing and moving…….you deserved to win the game……..it feels like we were mugged!!!!.......Well played both goalkeepers……Alice huge improvement best game yet….Jess well done in your first game……Strikers MUST be more composed in front of goal…….try to relax a bit…..remember YOU’RE GOOD and can easily slot the ball past a keeper……..sorry if I was a bit grumpy after the game…..I was just so disappointed with the result…….you deserved better!!!!!.......HEADS UP FOR THE NEXT ONE……more of the same against Farncombe who are right behind us.

Daryl and Mick 

 Report by Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division
Knaphill Wanderers 3 v 1 Merstham
4th November 2007

Merstham Lose Top Spot to the Wanderers

Merstham U14 Girls surrendered Division One pole position to Knaphill Wanderers in a hard fought top of the table clash. The curse of the ‘smaller pitch’ haunted Merstham for the second week running as they came away pointless in a tempestuous 3-1 defeat.

In a game short on space and time on the ball, it was Merstham who made the better start, taking the game to the home side in the first ten minutes but only creating half chances. A well marshalled Wanderers defence got to grips with Merstham’s threat and began to squeeze the game into Merstham’s half. A period of sustained pressure on the Merstham goal failed to produce any clear cut chances, but two outstanding long range efforts on 15 and 23 minutes broke the away side’s resistance. Merstham did well to stem the flow and get to half time 2-0 down to an excellent Knaphill forward line.

Wholesale changes were made at the break and a rejuvenated Merstham side took to the field and came back fiercely at their hosts. Ten minutes into a period of good pressure saw Nicola Taylor hit the back of the net with a cross come shot, furthering her excellent record of scoring in every game bar one this season. With their tails up the girls continued to rattle the opposition with Eilish White and Becky Fry closing down and never shirking a challenge. Good work by Emma Eaton and Megan Sullivan on the left side proved a valuable half time introduction whilst Alex Tibble, Jenny Cooper and Cisem Ali worked tirelessly along the back line. As the midfield battle raged on, and with little space and crunching tackles flying in, the clock ticked by. Merstham’s efforts were finally undone by a superb individual goal from the skilful Wanderers number 9 with five minutes to play.

A fine second half performance full of grit and determination made for some great entertainment even though goal scoring opportunities were rare. Merstham look forward to welcoming a very good Knaphill side to home soil later in the season for round two.

 Fabulous second half effort girls……….Well Done !!!!!............First half criticism is that we backed off their strikers and let them shoot………….a tough game against undoubtedly the best team in the division????.............we will fix our faults when they visit us……
KEEP THE CHINS UP…………..YOU DID REALLY WELL.

Daryl and Mick

 Report by Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division
Molesey Badgers 5 v 3 Merstham
28th October 2007

 Merstham Malfunction as they are Beaten by the Badgers

Merstham’s 100% record came to an unexpected and somewhat juddering halt on the road at the hands of the Molesey Badgers. The Division One table-toppers were looking to stretch their league lead still further but appeared to have had their clocks turned back two hours against 3rd placed Molesey. A combination of calamitous defending together with some poor finishing saw the visitors surrender a 3-2 half time lead to a battling Badgers side that ended up 5-3 victors.

On a reduced size pitch which was quite sticky in places, Merstham failed to get their passing game going, although the girls did put in a valiant effort at times to play ‘the beautiful game’. A lack of space and time on the ball made for a scrappy first 15 mins with the Merstham girls failing to get a tight hold on the game and squandering numerous clear cut chances. An attempted clearance in the Moatsiders box saw the ball cannon back past the keeper for an own goal, only to be followed up with the Merstham defence gifting a Badgers striker an easy second goal minutes later……the girls were still playing in British Summer Time !!! This appeared to have prompted a fight back and on 21 minutes Bianca Crowe took her personal tally to 11 this season with a clean finish. Eilish White followed up six mins later with a great strike just inside the post and when Becky Fry took her well deserved first goal for the club on the half hour mark it appeared that normal service had been resumed.

Molesey to their full credit got their heads up for the second half and took the game to Merstham. Worryingly the visitors once again found they had overslept the alarm for the second period and lost their grip on the game again. Some woeful defending saw the Badgers score direct from a corner, a shot that barely crossed the goal- line and finally a third which caught the Merstham back four in the Land of Nod! The 5-3 result appeared a little harsh on the amber and blacks as the strikers had at least a dozen one-on-ones with the Molesey keeper, hit the post twice and generally frustrated themselves with their inability to convert some glorious chances…….but every player has their day….Wayne Rooney has been off form recently, but is now scoring for fun! The girls will bounce back from this having learned a lot from this game. They need to attack the ball in defence and have a bit more composure in front of goal. Notable performances were put in by the midfield dynamos Jacque Waiton and Becky Fry as well as Cisem Ali (again!) at left back

Very well played Molesey Badgers who recognised that today was indeed their day and deservedly took the plaudits and the three points to close the gap on the leaders. Merstham stay top of the division despite today’s setback and look forward to another tough fixture next week away to 2nd placed Knaphill Wanderers……. .SHOULD BE A CRACKER!!!!


Difficult conditions today girls………..doesn’t help our style of play……..but no excuses…….we didn’t do ourselves justice…….lets look at our individual performances and think ‘could we have done better?’……..(that includes the managers!!!)……….our finishing has been poor…….could have had 10 today……….our defending at times looks like we haven’t progressed much from last season………but we will work on these in training!

THIS IS A SMALL SETBACK………LETS GET BACK IN THE SADDLE AND BACK TO WINNING WAYS. (Could tell you don’t like losing)….HEADS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daryl and Mick

Report by Daryl Sullivan

Surrey County Cup
Merstham 1 v 3 Beecholme Belles
14th October 2007

Merstham Braves Beaten by the Belles

A courageous display by Merstham U14 girls ended in a 3-1 League Cup First Round defeat to an impressive Beecholme Belles side. Merstham welcomed the visitors to Moatside going into the game as huge underdogs to the Premier League outfit. The Division One leaders knew they would have to raise their game if they were to compete with a well established Belles team and they did not disappoint.

Following an edgy start to the game, the girls settled down and began to look comfortable with a couple of positional changes. Jenny Cooper and Becky Fry reversed places with Fry playing a roving midfield role and Cooper at centre-back. In a very competitive first fifteen mins, it was Beecholme who furthered their psychological advantage as favourites when they capitalised on some loose marking in the Merstham defence to fire home from six yards. The home side however were far from overwhelmed and immediately took up the gauntlet and came storming back at the visitors. Fry and Waiton challenged for every ball through the midfield, whilst Tibble, Cooper, Ali and Rock stood firm at the back. The game had a real combative edge with lots of pressure and no quarter being given by either side. Following a good spell of Merstham possession, Nicola Taylor broke into the box from the left and hit a screamer high into the Belles net; just reward for the home side that were playing some super football.

With the game poised at 1-1 going into the second half, Merstham once again took up the challenge and played with real passion. Fry and Waiton covered every blade of grass in the middle, never shirking a tackle, while Taylor and White put in very mature performances. Strikers Constable and Crowe were kept at bay by the outstanding Belles centre-backs but kept looking for an opening and never gave up their running. Unfortunately the home side were finally undone with a superb 20 yard strike and an effort that squeezed in at the post, neither of which keeper Donovan could do much about. The last fifteen minutes saw Merstham graze both posts and Waiton was twice denied when one-on-one with the keeper. On another day and with a touch of luck the score line could easily have been reversed.

The girls in black and amber left the field with their heads held high and each and every one of them should feel proud of themselves. The Managers could not have asked for any more commitment and determination. The girls look to take this excellent performance forward into their league campaign.

Great stuff girls….you played with pride, passion and a lot of grit……lots of plus points, very few negatives….. A few things to work on, but you all listened to what you were asked to do…….fantastic!!!!!!      Daryl and Mick  

 Daryl Sullivan

 

SCGL U14s Division 1
Merstham 4 v 3 Bedfont Sports
7th October 2007

Merstham Hang onto 100% Record

Merstham U14 girls clung onto their winning start to the season by the skin of their teeth with a dramatic home win over Division One newcomers Bedfont Sports. The leagues unknown quantity arrived at Moatside with a won two lost two record to face a Merstham side riding high following a fine performance at KPR the previous week.

The opening ten minutes became an intense encounter, with the home side’s forward line trying to prise open a very solid Bedfont back four and a goalkeeper in inspired form. The visitors defence seemed to have the edge over the Merstham forward line and a good portion of the opening exchange was played out in a frantic midfield tussle. Lily Donovan in the Merstham goal had very little to do as her team-mates attempted to ‘pick the Bedfont Lock’. Finally, on 14 mins captain Jordan Constable broke through the inside-right channel to lash the ball home. Nicola Taylor calmly beat the Bedfont keeper a minute later and when Cisem Ali added a stunning third goal from 23 yards out, Merstham appeared to have the game under control. However, the girls exchanged their confidence for a cavalier approach and were made to pay when they were caught out at the back as the visitors pulled one back before half time.

The 3-1 half time lead was short lived as the Moatsiders gifted the opposition a calamitous own-goal. Bedfont had stolen the impetus and Merstham were starting to fall to pieces. The strikers were becoming starved of any service whilst the midfield went AWOL and the shape of the team began to disintegrate. The girls ignored the need for 4-4-2 and were playing a 4-0-6 formation! All the good work from the previous week was forgotten and Bedfont turned the screw with a further strike to level it 3-3 and add to the pressure. Strangely enough, keeper Donovan only had two saves to make apart from picking the ball out of the net three times, but Merstham appeared to have run themselves ragged. However, the reintroduction of midfield terrier Jacque Waiton soon halted the collapse. Her energy and drive through the midfield almost single-handedly yanked the team up by the bootstraps, and it was left to Bianca Crowe to hammer home five mins from time to secure the 4-3 win. Merstham saw the game out thanks to Waiton’s industry in the middle of the park and remain Division One leaders.

A tricky League Cup match against Premier League opposition Beecholme Belles next week needs to see a much improved Merstham performance if they want to stay in the knockout competition. The managers are confident they will certainly raise their game in what will prove a good test for the girls.

A hard fought win girls- not at all pretty!!!! We looked tired in midfield…….we must pass more and let the ball do the work…….this will help us retain our shape all over the pitch……..what happened to all the talking and the one-twos ??  Lets work hard in training this week and lets think about our positions on the field and where we are being asked to play. We are still the Division leaders……………Well done…..sometimes you have to grind out results like today……keep it going.
Daryl & Mick

  Daryl Sullivan

 

SCGL U14s Division 1
Kew Park Rangers 2 v 9 Merstham
30th September 2007

Crowe and Constable Combo see Merstham Cruise Past Kew

The Merstham U14 Girls strike partnership hit five goals to take their personal tallies to nine apiece for the season. Bianca Crowe’s second hat-trick in successive games, coupled with a brace from Jordan Constable helped Merstham ease their way past Kew Park Rangers on Sunday morning
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The Division One leaders hit top form against last season’s Premier League opposition, with a scintillating display of controlled football combined with some deadly finishing. Within five minutes Merstham had established themselves on the game when Nicola Taylor raced through to slide the ball past the onrushing Kew keeper. Two minutes later Jenny Cooper made it number two and with Constable and Crowe producing neat finishes on ten and thirteen minutes, it was left to the midfield to control the game. Superb interchanges saw Merstham running riot down the right, with ‘Girl-of-the-Game’ Emma Eaton putting in an outstanding performance on the wing. Slick one-twos were the order of play, as Merstham carved open the KPR defence, and two more goals on apiece from Crowe and Constable were added to the increasing score-line. With Cisem Ali snuffing out any attack that the home side could muster, an appreciative crowd saw the visitors take a comfortable 6-0 lead into the half–time break.

Merstham once again tried out a number of positional changes and Eilish White immediately responded to her more advanced midfield role by crashing home a great strike within a minute of the restart. Kew Park never once let their heads drop and were rewarded for their endeavour when they took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull one back and bring Merstham’s defence back down to earth. In response Bianca Crowe latched onto a great through ball from Taylor to produce an exquisite finish for her hat-trick and to crown another captivating performance from the Merstham striker. A quick break shortly after from the home side caught Merstham napping at the back and a second goal was disappointingly conceded. However, midfield dynamo Jacque Waiton capped a fine display and finished off the game with a late goal five mins from time.

A much improved Merstham performance was duly acknowledged and a big hand went to a Kew side who played the game out strongly to the end. Merstham stay top of the league going into game five of the season.

Great stuff girls……….huge improvement on last week……….. far more calling, passing, getting into space and making the ball do the work…….and the finishing was much better too!!!!!!  Work hard in training - we have a few tough fixtures coming up.   
Daryl and Mick.

  Daryl Sullivan

 
SCGL U14s Division 1
Merstham 10 v 0 Guildford Saints
23rd September 2007

Table Toppers Merstham See Off the Saints

Merstham Girls welcomed Guildford Saints to Moatside for their first home game of the season. The visitors arrived with a depleted squad and were unfortunate to only be able to field nine players. To their huge credit the Saints put in a terrific first half performance and held a lacklustre Merstham side at bay for long periods. Although Jacque Waiton opened the scoring for the home side on 11 minutes, Merstham made heavy weather of breaking down the nine girls of Guildford. A Bianca Crowe brace on 28 and 33 mins gave Merstham a 3-0 lead going into half time, but awaiting a stern team talk from managers Mick and Daryl.

Wholesale changes were made during the break, with a number of players on the Merstham team playing in new positions. The introduction of Nicola Taylor as centre-forward paid immediate dividends as within a minute of the restart she broke through to calmly beat the Saints keeper. Strike partner Bianca Crowe collected her hat-trick on 50 mins and Jenny Cooper slotted home her first goal for the club on 52 mins. Merstham finally got out of first gear and began to dominate an exhausted Guildford defence. Emma Eaton and Rebecca Warner added some much needed width and the home side began to move the ball around more fluidly. Captain Jordan Constable came back off the bench to crash home three superb strikes in quick succession to maintain her top scorer status, whilst an excellent long range effort from Alex Tibble a minute from time completed the 10-0 score line. Notable performances were put in by newcomer Becky Fry and defensive partner Holly Rock.

A fine second half from the home team felt somewhat hollow as the nine Guildford players ran their hearts out and put in an excellent battling performance. Merstham thank the Saints for making the journey to Moatside even though they knew they faced a very difficult challenge. On this showing, a return later in the season at Guildford with 11 v 11 will undoubtedly provide the Merstham Girls with a much sterner test.

Merstham head the division at this early stage with three wins from three games, but they are very aware that some tough fixtures await in what will certainly be a very entertaining division.

Come on Girls…………. A lot more work needs to be done on the training pitch…… but nevertheless a fabulous victory and our very first clean sheet!!!! Well Done.

Can’t ask for too much more………………………………..CAN WE???

 Daryl Sullivan

 

SCGL U14s Division 1
Farncombe Youth 3 v 4 Merstham
16th September 2007

Merstham claim the points in epic battle at Farncombe

Merstham extended their winning start to make it two from two in an epic encounter away to Farncombe Youth. The game promised to be a close one with only one point separating the teams last season and both sides looking forward to a good campaign this year. The crowd were not to be disappointed as a real ‘ding-dong’ battled ensued.

As both teams looked to create an opening on a smaller pitch, making for frantic start, it was Farncombe who took the lead after only five minutes. Merstham’s defence were left wanting without their defensive stalwart Alex Tibble, sidelined with injury, and against a strong and skilful Farncombe forward line who were always looking to pressure Merstham’s back four. Merstham’s reply however, was immediate and emphatic. Bianca Crowe broke away to crash home on seven minutes with Jordan Constable netting two minutes later to give Merstham the lead. Further pressure was put on Merstham’s defence when on twenty minutes Megan Sullivan limped out the game. Merstham held firm and countered well, and in the 26th minute Bianca Crowe added her well deserved second goal of the game. Farncombe replied on 32 minutes to take the game into half time 3-2 in Merstham’s favour.

The second half continued in the same vein – an end to end battle with both sides fighting back off the ropes to produce an extraordinary contest between two very resilient teams. Farncombe appeared to have stolen the impetus within five minutes of the restart, when they again capitalised on Merstham’s frailties. Stunning free kicks were swung in around the box from both sides, with both keepers playing out of their skins. Lily Donovan between the Merstham sticks put in an awesome display as stand in for the Merstham regular keeper, whilst likewise the Farncombe stand in keeper was undoubtedly their ‘man of the match’. With the game hanging in the balance at 3–3 and with both teams countering each other, it was Nicola Taylor who edged Merstham towards the finishing line, slotting home from a Merstham corner with ten minutes to play. Merstham hung on to the 4–3 lead in a game more akin to a highly charged boxing match.

All 22 players left the field to loud applause from a very appreciative crowd. Great entertainment and a fine advert for girls youth football, played in a fair and competitive spirit. Huge credit must go to every girl who took part in this truly thrilling encounter.

Well done girls – Daryl and Mick are very proud of you all. Keep it going!!!

 Daryl Sullivan

 


SCGL U14s Division 1
Dorking Girls 1 v 6 Merstham
9th September 2007

Merstham Under 14 Girls off to a flyer

In what was potentially a tricky opening fixture, Merstham travelled to local rivals Dorking. With the summer break leaving the players short on fitness, the new signings made just prior to this game looking to fit in, and with the sun raising the temperatures, a tough game was in prospect.

From the first whistle Merstham attacked and closed down Dorking at every opportunity, never giving the opposition time or space on the ball and on eight minutes their hard work was rewarded with a goal from Jacque Waiton playing in a more advanced midfield role behind the two strikers. The decision to play Jacque in this role was well and truly justified when on 18 mins she doubled her tally, breaking into the box and slotting home. Merstham began to dominate the game. The back 4 looked very well organised and dealt comfortably with Dorking’s attack. Chance after chance came Merstham way and finally captain Jordan Constable hit the back of the net to take the girls into the break 3-0 up. Merstham made a few changes at half time and the only ‘blip’ on a superb performance was a keeper/defender mix up early in the second half. With their composure regained, Merstham again took control in all areas of the pitch. Alice Mills in the goal hardly had a save to make, whilst Jordan Constable claimed the match ball with 2 further strikes on 56 and 59 mins. Dorking can take great credit for battling to the end, but by the time Bianca Crowe added number 6, Merstham Girls were playing some very impressive football and could have doubled their tally, but for some excellent goalkeeping by the Dorking keeper.

Some splendid performances from new signings Becky Fry, Jenny Cooper and Emma Eaton were very encouraging. Altogether an emphatic 6-1 victory for the girls, who deservedly collected huge praise from the managers and parents.
Well done girls…………Keep it up!!!

 Daryl Sullivan