Lads Club Belles v Bartestree Harriers

Lads Club Belles began their Under 12 2013/14 League fixtures with a home game at Widemarsh Common on Sunday 22 September against Bartestree Harriers and in an entertaining game for all spectators the Belles ran out 3-2 winners.

The Belles took the game to the Harriers from kick-off with a number of good passing moves and shots that were handled well by the visitor’s keeper. The Harriers countered with their own strong runs and the Belles were lucky to escape when a shot cannoned off the upright and went to safety.

Steadily with Izzy and Katy controlling the midfield the Belles pressure resulted in a corner and from Claire’s corner Grace pounced close-in for the opening goal after five minutes.

Following this the Belles began to dominate and in a smooth passing move involving Claire, Caitlyn and Grace they sliced through the visitors defence and Grace rounded the keeper to make it 2-0.

Izzy was dominant in midfield whilst Grace, and Chloe harried the visitors defence for the Belles and the Harriers keeper was forced into action on a number of occasions.

In a similar swift passing move Grace put Caitlyn through on goal, only for the Caitlyn’s shot to unluckily hit the upright with the goalkeeper beaten.

Harriers countered with their own passing moves and a strong run from the wing saw a dangerous cross into the box which cannoned off a helpless Izzy who saw the ball go past her own goalkeeper Chardonnay who had no chance. The teams went in at half-time with Belles leading 2-1.

The Belles opened the second half with the same strong tempo with good runs from Claire, Libby and Izzy from the back. The pressure culminated with a run from Grace on the wing who beat the defender and crossed into the box for Chloe who easily beat the keeper to make it 3-1.

Harriers countered and fought to get back in the game and after strong wing play a strong shot beat Chardonnay in the Belles goal and it was 3-2.

After the strong early tempo both teams tired in the latter stages of the second half but Katy directed the Belles defence strongly with Izzy and Libby continuing to make strong runs and powerful interceptions. Harriers pushed to get back into the game and in the final minute a strong run by the Harriers forward saw a tremendous shot which was destined for the top corner until brilliantly Chardonnay parried the ball away for a corner.

That was the last meaningful attack for both sides as the referee blew for full time soon after and the Belles began their League campaign with a home win 3-2.