The girls made their way through the windswept roads of Surrey, passing fallen branches on the way, to get to Reed’s School in Cobham for a 0945 start to the Surrey Plate competition.
Caitlin H, Caitlin W, Cara J, Evie B, Hannah B, Lara S, Lexi B-L, Rosie C, Ruby H, and Tallulah W formed the Guildford Girls Under 10 squad taking part in a competition of 15 teams split into 4 pools. Guildford played Old Cranleighans and Surbiton, twice each.
Match 1 v Surbiton (1-0 win)
Surbiton pushed back in the first match. Hannah B made an early tackle and lead a break, making the first shot of the match in the process. This went just wide. Surbiton broke back quickly and the game rapidly moved from end-to-end. Caitlin W made a necessary tackle in the Guildford D, then passed forward, Rosie C and Lara S linked, before passing to Hannah B who this time was successful in finding goal. Cara J pushed forward and was unlucky not to get a second for Guildford. Surbiton fought back, and put pressure on the Guildford goal - Evie B, Caitlin W and valiant goalkeeper Caitlin H combined well to keep Surbiton at bay and the match finished 1-0 to Guildford.
Match 2 v Old Cranleigans (0-1 loss)
The second match was against Old Cranleighans. This time Hannah B was at the front, with Ruby H, Tallulah W and Rosie C forming a strong midfield behind her. OC were a strong team and whilst the girls made some good attacking plays the defence was made to work hard. Lexi B-L and Caitlin W had to make a number of tackles and Caitlin H defended her goal bravely, but eventually OC got a goal to finish Guildford 0 - OC 1.
Match 3 v Surbiton (1-0 win)
Match 3 was against Surbiton again. Surbiton started strongly, and Lexi B-L had to make an early tackle to break their flow. After much back and forth the Guildford girls pushed forward. Lara S passed to Evie B, who then completed a strong pass to Cara J, who collected the ball and finished the move nicely, scoring a well-deserved goal. Surbiton rallied and pressured the Guildford goal again. Lexi B-L was resolute in defence, partnered well with Caitlin W. Caitlin H continued to keep goal with determination and consistency. Guildford were pushing forward at the end, looking for a second goal. Hannah B came closest, hitting a strong shot that just went wide, hitting the side of the goal.
Match 4 v Old Cranleighans (0-0 draw)
The final match of the round robin stage was against Match 2 nemesis Old Cranleighans. OCs came out strongly again and put pressure on the Guildford team. Lexi B-L and Evie B made a number of important tackles, and Caitlin H made save after save. OC’s pressure resulted in the first short corner of our tournament. The girls defended well and Caitlin H saved a shot before the ball was cleared. The whole squad contributed to this match, with regular substitutions to keep the girls fresh. Caitlin H made a series of saves and held firm. The final result was a 0-0 draw. The squad, and even the OC coaches, gathered to praise Caitlin H for her performance in goal.
Quarterfinal v Old Georgians (1-2 loss)
These results qualified Guildford for the Quarter Finals - playing against St George’s Dragons, winners of their block. Dragons were a strong team and pressed Guildford right from the start. All the girls worked hard to maintain defence, and to combine to push forward for forays into the Dragons’ D. Caitlin H had to make more brave saves, but Dragons’ pressure lead to a goal. Following the restart more Dragons’ pressure meant they were able to score a second time. Unbowed, Guildford fought back, maintaining valiant defence and countering wherever possible. They pushed forward, and Rosie C and Ruby H getting the ball to Cara J, who in turn made a strong pass straight through the Dragons’ defence, enabling Hannah to finish the move with a well-taken goal. Guildford were pushing right to the end, but the final score was 1-2, meaning that their morning had come to an end.
Mark and Kate