|Game|| : Spencer U16 Wasps v U16 Girls|
|Result|| : 0 - 5|
|Date|| : Sep 13, 2015|
|Pushback|| : 16:00|
|Venue|| : Away - Spencer HC|
|Status|| : Home Counties Girls League |
Chelmsford Under-16 Girls kicked off their Home Counties Girls’ League campaign with a resounding 5-0 win away at Spencer HC on Sunday. The result was almost the perfect start to the season and sets up the squad for the three important EH Championship matches to come over the next two months.
Having endured a two-hour journey to south-west London and facing a 4pm start, Chelmsford could have been forgiven for starting slowly. However, they wasted little time in getting stuck into their opponents, pressing and hounding them in possession from the off. It was no surprise, therefore, when Nancy Hebron opened the scoring in the eleventh minute with a firm strike from the edge of the D.
Hebron doubled her tally five minutes later after good work from Dolly Eagle and Laura Clesham on the right flank and completed her hat-trick before half-time after picking up a pass from the influential Connie Day.
With Spencer firmly on the back foot Claudia Topel put the result beyond doubt from close range just before the interval.
With ten Under-15s amongst the thirteen outfield players, Chelmsford were tired but understandably buoyant at the break and seized the initiative immediately once play resumed when a crude tackle on Hebron resulted in the award of a penalty stroke. Unfortunately, the striker hit the base of the post with her attempt at goal and spurned the opportunity to increase Chelmsford’s lead further.
As the players tired and the game became stretched, Chelmsford were indebted to the stability and leadership provided by captain, Grace Stubbings, at the heart of the defence and the resolute defending of Annie Steingold, who frequently thwarted the attempts of the Spencer forwards to open their account. Even on the rare occasions that Spencer did threaten the Chelmsford goal, Under-14 goalkeeper, Lauren Waters, showed great determination and composure to maintain her clean sheet.
There were further opportunities for Chelmsford to boost their goal difference but only the busy Topel managed to find the back of the net with a slap into the far corner to make the final score 5-0 and ensure that it was a happy squad that made the long return journey home.
The victorious Chelmsford squad was: Lucy Bailes, Laura Clesham, Connie Day, Dolly Eagle, Nancy Hebron, Georgie Hodgkins-Brown, Connie Kitchiner, Caitlin Murray, Henney Murray, Olivia Snooks, Annie Steingold, Grace Stubbings (captain), Claudia Topel, Lauren Waters.
Chelmsford’s next fixture is a visit to local rivals Old Loughtonians for their first EH Championship match on 4th October.
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