Pride Of Herefordshire – Lads Club U10 Girls 2012

On Saturday 30th June a team of u10 girls from Hereford Lads Club competed in the FA National Futsal finals in Birmingham. The Hereford team had progressed through the preliminary rounds after winning both the Herefordshire and West Midlands regional finals.

With teams from all over England representing their region the task ahead was not going to be easy, especially as the competition included teams from Tottenham Hotspur and Carlisle Utd. But this Hereford team are renowned for their skill and goal scoring ability and completed a competition shock as they defeated Tottenham 3-1 in one of the most exciting games of the day.

The Lads Club team finished as group winners and then progressed through to the semi finals where they played a very good ‘Swindon Spitfires’ team who they defeated 3-1. As the realisation of their achievements suddenly hit home both players and supporters waited tentatively to see who they would play in the final. The other semi final was played between F.C Aztec from Northampton and St Anne’s from Blackpool, which was eventually won by a very good St Anne’s team.

The final was played with passion and determination as both sides wanted to claim the status of National Champions. Lads Club took an early lead with a superb headed goal from tournament top scorer Georgia James. Lads Club soon increased the lead with another goal from Georgia before Ciera Wheeler added a third. St Anne’s threw everything at a determined Lads Club defence and eventually pulled a goal back.

Nerves started to creep into Lads Club play but soothing encouragement from their manager Sarah Reed led to a last burst of scintillating football which resulted in Georgia claiming her hatrick and Lads Club a deserved tournament win and title of National Champions – what a day !

This team of u10’s Lads Club Girls has achieved phenomenal success this season –

1.    Herefordshire u10 Girls League winners
2.    Herefordshire u10 League Cup winners
3.    Herefordshire u10 Futsal League winners
4.    West Midlands u10 regional Futsal winners
5.    Gloucester City LFC u10 6-a-side tournament winners
6.    National Futsal Champions 2012