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Dazzling Debuts at Derby County

8 girls from Years 3 and 4 made dazzling debuts for the school football team at the annual Derby County Ladies FC festival, held at Derby Powerleague over the road from Pride Park.

8 girls from Years 3 and 4 made dazzling debuts for the school football team at the annual Derby County Ladies FC festival, held at Derby Powerleague over the road from Pride Park.

The team made an intense start, overwhelming Allenton 3-0 thanks to 2 goals from midfield-dynamo, Carmen Jackson and another from Lillea Drew.

The next match, against Walter Evans B was tighter. Again, Carmen got on the score-sheet, while a spirited defensive effort from Breanna Hardy and Lola Allen helped the team hold onto a 1-0 victory.

Having already done enough to get through the group, Chaucer faced their toughest task against an impressive Mundy team. Although the contest was quite even for long periods, Mundy always retained the upper-hand and made the most of their advantage to record a 3-0 victory.

With the group matches at an end, the girls took part in a couple of friendly matches against firstly Newhall and then Chellaston. Featuring experimental line-ups (and some pretty dodgy refereeing), Chaucer lost one and drew one of these friendlies but were more interested in their upcoming quarter-final.

In the last-8 match-up, Arboretum grabbed an early goal and were always slightly on top although neither team created many clear-cut chances to add to the scoring. Chaucer's best opportunity came on the back of a determined run by Lillea, but unfortunately her well-placed shot didn't have the power to evade the goal-keeper. As Chaucer grew more desperate for an equaliser, more players pushed forward and inevitably gaps were left at the back. Arboretum got a 2nd goal late on to clinch a deserved spot in the semi-finals.

Considering their lack of experience, Chaucer's girls (Breanna Hardy, Lola Allen, Lexi Hurst, Katie-May Howden, Carmen Jackson [c], Ruby Saunders, Lillea Drew, Sophie Lynch) should be extremely proud of their performances, which resulted in the team finishing joint 5th overall (out of 17). If they take advantage of the opportunities to play more in school and continue to improve, the future of Girls Football at Chaucer is potentially very bright.

Many thanks to Mrs Wheatley for her photos and help with transport.

~ Mr Woodcock

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