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Fantastic Festival

Chaucer's Year 4 Girls Football team produced some great performances at the Powerleague Soccerdome at Pride Park today in a Derby County Ladies' Festival.

Chaucer's Year 4 Girls Football team produced some great performances at the Powerleague Soccerdome at Pride Park today in a Derby County Ladies' Festival.

With all but one of the squad (Madeline Ludlam [c], Levi Whitehead, Aaliyah Hemming, Julia Skrowronska, Jessica Stanfield, Olivia Towle, Danae Matthew, Lucy-May Stevenson) making their footballing debuts for the school, it was quite a step into the unknown but the girls came through with flying colours, often looking more like seasoned veterans than novices!

Chaucer's first game was against Landau Forte Academy Moorhead "A". Chaucer started quickly and got off the mark through "Deadly" Danae Matthew. Danae added another and was joined on the scoresheet by "Lethal" Lucy-May Stevenson as Chaucer wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 victory. [Girl of the Match = Danae Matthew]

The second match, against Walter Evans "B", proved even more comfortable. Chaucer ran riot to record a one-sided 7-0 win. Lucy-May's bustling, tenacious style of attacking play helped her notch a hat-trick. Danae added 2 more goals while "Jazzy" Jessica Stanfield and Levi Whitehead's late goals added the icing to a fine display. [Girl of the Match = Lucy-May Stevenson]

Next was a tough game against Mundy. On the balance of play, Mundy probably deserved to win. However, Chaucer fought a brave rear-guard battle to prevent Mundy from turning their territorial dominance into goals. Levi's determined defence was particularly impressive but most of the plaudits went to Madeline "Looney" Ludlam, who made several important saves to preserve a shut-out. Her finest moment came after Lucy-May's hand-ball gave Mundy a penalty, which Madeline saved superbly and even managed to catch! [Girl of the Match = Madeline Ludlam]

Chaucer had no time to rest between matches and went straight back into action against Allenton. Danae and Olivia Towle struck early to give Chaucer the advantage but a lack of stoppages in the game meant tiring players were unable to be subbed off and Allenton became increasingly competitive as the match wore on. Levi produced a magnificent defensive display to keep Allenton at bay and Chaucer were able to hold on for a deserved 2-0 win. [Girl of the Match = Levi Whitehead]

Thanks to these results Chaucer successfully progressed from its group to the Quarter-Finals. Unfortunately, Chaucer made a slow start against a red hot Oakwood team. Some uncharacteristic mistakes and poor, misplaced clearances gifted several easy chances to Oakwood, which they took advantage of to go 2-0 up. Chaucer were further disadvantaged by Aaliyah's untimely own goal and an injury to Levi. The girls never stopped trying and the terrific efforts put in by Lucy-May and Julia epitomised the spirit within the team but Chaucer were unable to find a way back into the game. Oakwood ran out impressive 5-0 winners due to the quick wits and technique of their sparkling forward duo. [Player of the Match = Julia Skrowronska]

Chaucer finished joint 5th overall. Well done to all the girls involved. They were a credit to themselves and to the school and I'm optimistic that the future of the girls football team at Chaucer is in good hands (or feet!).

As always, many thanks to Mrs Wheatley for her help on the day.

~ Mr Woodcock

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