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Girls' Football @ Duffield

In front of a large crowd of pupils and parents, the two teams provided a pulsating 7v7 encounter of end-to-end excitement from start to finish and chances galore.

Day 4 of Chaucer's Sports Week incorporated Brazilian dancing & drumming, a busy lunch time of football, athletics and tennis practices and a girls football friendly match.

Captained by Alysia Briggs, the team (Abbey Ord, Abigail Woods, Emily Stuart, Katie Mill, Katelyn Hanson, Emily Pickering, Iris Castro & Emma East) travelled to Duffield Meadows Primary School.

In front of a large crowd of pupils and parents, the two teams provided a pulsating 7v7 encounter of end-to-end excitement from start to finish and chances galore.

After a couple of early scares, Chaucer took the lead thanks to Emma East's darting run and smart finish. Emily Pickering made it two when she spectacularly curled home from long range over the top of their keeper, who had strayed off her line. However, Duffield Meadows fought back to level the game at 2-2 thanks to a neat finish from a tight angle and a powerful strike into the top corner.

Both sides struck the woodwork but in the final few minutes of the half, Chaucer re-took the lead when Alysia Briggs got through and confidently found the bottom corner of the net. Duffield were immediately handed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot after an obvious handball but Abigail Woods' superb reflex save kept Chaucer in front.

The margin was extended when Emma East was fouled inside the box and Emily Pickering blasted the resultant penalty in off the underside of the bar! The thrills and spills didn't end there as Duffield Meadows were awarded another penalty on the stroke of half-time for another deliberate handball! (Maybe the netball and basketball this Sports Week confused some of the Chaucer defenders?!) Thankfully, the penalty was fired wide.

In comparison, the 2nd half was a tighter affair. For the most-part the defending was better, meaning there were fewer clear-cut opportunities but Duffield Meadows were able to pull back to within one goal with a close range effort.

As the game entered its closing stages, the Duffield team pressed for an equaliser while Chaucer looked dangerous on the counter-attack. There were chances at both end before, in the 50th and final minute of the match, a speculative long-shot from the wing sailed across the front of Chaucer's goal and found its way into the bottom corner. The game ended 4-4.

It was a highly enjoyable afternoon and a fair result. A number of the girls played very well and the whole team will benefit from the experience. The Girl of the Match was Abigail Woods for her bravery in goal (and in the warm up!) and making a number of key saves, including the excellent penalty stop.

Thanks to Duffield Meadows for hosting the match as well as Mrs Briggs and Mrs Wheatley for all their help.

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