A double header game against the unbeaten leaders Gerrards Cross & Fulmer
Aylesbury U14 Girls lined up for an away tie at Gerrards Cross & Fulmer on a full-sized pitch, looking to dent the perfect record of Gerrards Cross & Fulmer.
Enjoying the space given to them by the bigger pitch, Aylesbury made the most of the possession in the early part of the game and they looked comfortable against the league leaders. The manager rightly went with a back four to contain a free scoring Gerrards Cross & Fulmer, with Iona LAWSON stepping back into defence for the absent Kiera Cossey, but this left the girls a little toothless with Katie O'KEEFFE often left isolated up front. The first goal for Gerrards Cross & Fulmer came from a long throw in and with the Ducks defence sleeping a well taken shot into Madeline Smiths near post made the score 1-0. Two more goals either side of the break gave Gerrards Cross & Fulmer the win that they needed to take the league title. The first of the double headers ended in 3-0 to the home side.
A reorganisation with Iona LAWSON moved further upfield seemed to give Sophie HENLEY a little bit more freedom to boss the game from midfield, and it was Iona LAWSON who scored first to give Aylesbury some hope that they might be able to take something from the second game. Again though this was a game where the defence was overworked, with Natasha Pickering in particular picking up the hosts very dangerous number 21. A couple more audacious long shot lobs nearly came off for Ioana Lawson, but unfortunately the home side managed to find two goals to make the second game 2-1, one of which fell through the unfortunate Madline SMITH's hands and crept over the line.
Overall, two good games and yet again Aylesbury showed that there wasn't much to split the two teams and perhaps the aggregated score of 5-1 was not a fair reflection of how the girls played on Saturday. Player(s) of the match went to Madline SMITH and Natasha Pickering who both played their bit to contain the normally free scoring hosts.