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Girls' Football = Late Drama

Chaucer made a bad start.

Chaucer Girls Football team braved the horrible cold, wet weather brought on by the tail-end of the passing hurricane to play a friendly challenge match against Ashgate Primary School in Derby.

Chaucer made a bad start. Overwhelmed from the first kick-off, they soon found themselves 3-0 down as the hosts made a lively start. Getting in eachother's way, tackling eachother, playing aimless passes towards their own goal and not keeping to their positions, Chaucer were lucky not to go further behind.

However, things started to improve following the introductions of Emma East, Aaliyah Proctor and debutant Aaliyah Hemming. First Proctor won a penalty, which Emily Pickering struck narrowly wide. East then made one of her trademark meandering solo runs before firing the ball high into the net from close range to open Chaucer's account.

Trailing 3-1 at half time, the outlook was still bleak, but Chaucer were determined not to go home without a whimper!

With the wind at their backs, Chaucer amped up the pressure on the Ashgate defence and had a number of decent chances before Pickering latched onto a cutting through ball by East and found the bottom corner to reduce the deficit to one goal. More opportunities for an equaliser came and went while Mears-Miller, in goal, stood with nothing to do. Finally, as the clock wound down, Proctor got a well-deserved goal when she was able to send a scuffed effort low into the side-netting, sealing a dramatic come-back. Great tenacity and energy!

As the game ended 3-3, the teams shared the newly commissioned "Ashgate Chaucer Challenge Cup" for Y5/6 Girls Football [pictured], which will be held by the winning team after each future meeting.

[Chaucer team: Madison White, Martyna Kluch, Katelyn Hanson, Iris Castro, Emily Pickering, Katie Mill, Ruby Bray. Substitutes: Emma East (c), Aaliyah Proctor, Aaliyah Hemming, Daisy Mears-Miller.]

Many thanks to Mr & Mrs Proctor and Mrs Hayes for their help with transport, also to Mr Odell and Ashgate for hosting what was another very fair-minded encounter between the 2 schools.

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