Excellent run finally ends
Runners-up league slot confirmed
So it wasn't to be Bingham Town as the winners of the Autumn/Winter 9v9 division, but to even go into the last game with a chance of winning it was an amazing achievement for this group of girls. 3 of the squad have just started their 2nd season, and 4 of them only began playing with us this summer. The more experienced girls have really stepped up too, and for them to experience a prolonged winning streak has been great to see, and they especially deserve this small taste of success for all those difficult Sundays they've been through in the previous 3 seasons.
The match itself was the proverbial game of two halves. Unfortunately our girls collectively didn't really do themselves justice in the first half compared with how they have played in all the other games so far and conceded some quite soft goals, which meant we found ourselves 4-0 down at the break; a position we have not been in for a long time and it was interesting to see how the girls would respond. Lowdham had played very well in this opening period though - in fact their coach said it was their best performance of the season so far - so it was not the best time for our own performance levels to drop off. That's sport, sometimes things just don't go your way. After a half-time pep talk and a few instructions our girls considerably upped their game and there was nothing between the sides in the second half. Lauren got a goal back and only some brilliant last-ditch defending prevented us adding one or two more to our score to set up a real thrilling finish, with Anna G going closest for BTFC. As the game petered out in the last few minutes Lowdham grabbed another with a great shot into the top corner. They have deservedly secured the title with a game to go, and congratulations to them. They have some good players and go about things the right way, and we look forward to our next tussle with them where we will hope to push them harder for the entire match.
To get to the last weekend in November before losing a match has been amazing, and the players (and parents) should not be disappointed at missing out on the title because of one bad half of football in 18. For our girls their time of 9-a-side draws to a close, with all games now moving up to 11v11. Tougher fixtures lie ahead, but we have really made great strides in closing the gap between us and many of the other teams in our age group. We can look forward to our cup match next week and then move on to playing everyone else once again in the enlarged format and giving our new recruits loads more game time. Oh, and going to collect our Runners-up medals at the awards day!
BTFC player of the match this week was Katy for another display of tireless running and tackling.