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WELLINGTON WILDCATS U14s 3 - 2 ALLER PARK U14s

WELLINGTON WILDCATS U14s   3 - 2  ALLER PARK U14s

 This was a victory waiting to happen after the improvement the Wildcats have shown over the past few months. The fact that it was fully deserved against a team lying in third place and moved us off the bottom of the league made it all the more enjoyable.

 Without a doubt it was achieved through the commitment and determination of the whole team, who chased and tackled and never allowed the opposition time or space. Leading from the front, the engine room produced superb hard-working performances. Kaycie Harwood, Jess Gould and Charlotte Holder, and, until she was substituted, Sophie Davey, were magnificent. They hustled and harried and won 50-50 tackles all over the pitch and then found the time and energy to support the forwards effectively.

 Aller Park had opened the scoring in the tenth minute but for the rest of the half the Wildcats dominated. From a Holder corner, Harwood`s shot was blocked but rebounded to Davey who hit a fine shot which gave the keeper no chance. Then top scorer Ashleigh Grabham challenged well for a Harwood through ball and took the chance she`d created herself to give the home side the lead.

 As the Wildcats continued to press, with Shannon Nutkins driving forward from midfield, the closing minutes of the half brought two more excellent chances but they were both squandered and half time arrived with the score 2 - 1.

 In the second half it was the Wildcats turn to be pegged back as Aller Park refused to accept defeat. Ashleigh Hollick had many opportunities to shine in goal and her handling was very steady throughout. She had plenty of help with Olivia Salter, Imogen Currie and Abbi Powell producing fine defensive performances.

 Midway through the half, Holder, surging once again into the opposition`s penalty area, was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. India Cordy, who had, like the rest of the team, competed well throughout the match confidently accepted the responsibility to take the kick and despatched a fine effort low down to the keeper`s left.  

The visitors kept up the pressure but the Wildcats refused to surrender and it wasn`t until the last kick of the game that some defensive hesitation brought a consolation goal. Victory at last, and fully deserved too, the Wildcats left the field very satisfied and looking forward to the rest of the season with confidence.   

Could have been different

WILDCATS  2 - 4  MERRIOTT

The tremendous improvement shown by the Wildcats continued on a cold morning at the Rec and could easily have brought a real reward against mid-table Merriott. Team managers Ellen Grabham and Mike Hollick chose to play with a second striker and the home side enjoyed a much more equal share of the play.

Two good chances fell to India Cordy in the first five minutes but she was foiled by the Merriott `keeper. The second came following a sweeping move the length of the pitch involving Olivia Salter, Charlotte Holder, Ashleigh Grabham and Cordy. With Kaycie Harwood and Holder winning the ball well in midfield, the Wildcats looked the more likely to open the scoring. One Holder run took her past two strong challenges only to shoot wide of the near post.

Disappointing then, that it was the visitors who scored first after 18 minutes and then increased the lead two minutes later when hesitancy in the home defence presented the lively opposing forwards with an scoring opportunity. Merriott gained confidence from this and had more of the play giving Jess Gould, Imogen Currie and Ashleigh Hollick the chance to show their normal high standard of defensive play.

Earlier in the season the team would have been likely to drop their heads and surrender but not now and another excellent passing move involving Harwood, Cordy and Grabham presented the Wildcats top scorer with a one on one with the `keeper. Grabham`s recent form meant there was only ever going to be one result and the ball duly nestled in the Merriott net.

Playing up hill in the second half Alisha Roncaglia, Holder and Harwood continually pushed forward and with Grabham looking dangerous every time the ball reached her, the Wildcats went in search of the equaliser. One terrific Harwood effort, from a pass by Holder, smashed against the post before a brilliant run by Grabham took her past two defenders and around the `keeper. Finding herself at a narrow angle and with a defender on the line, she still managed to squeeze a left foot shot just inside the post. 2 - 2.

With thoughts of victory the Wildcats continued to press, but their opponents had other ideas and two jinking runs from their talented left winger brought them two goals in the final quarter of an hour and the home side were foiled again.

Brilliant, simply brilliant

Well done girls ! This was a fantastic performance against a side who knocked out Yeovil 5 - 0 in the previous round.

WELLINGTON WILDCATS  0 - 2 ASHTON GIRLS

The Wildcats can take tremendous pride from this gritty performance in the Somerset County Cup Quarter Final. Taking on a very useful team from Bristol, the Wellington side showed the same energy, commitment and competitiveness that has been evident in the past couple of matches. They were still camped in their own penalty area for most of the game but they never lost the spirit and resolve to compete positively.

 

Jess Gould in the centre of the defence was brilliant, battling for the ball, covering for teammates and always where the action was. Ashleigh Hollick, in goal, produced a fine display especially when taking control of her area. A couple of saves when she came out to dive at the feet of onrushing forwards were particularly brave. Other defenders, Ruth Jennings, Imogen Currie, Olivia Salter, Abbi Powell and Emily Summers were committed and unafraid, prepared to challenge for everything and managing to restrict the Bristol side to relatively few actual shots.

 

In midfield Charlotte Holder was her usual competitive self and for much of the time looked the best player on the pitch. She was well backed up by Kaycie Harwood who brought a pleasing determination to keep the visitors out. Alisha Roncaglia, India Cordy and Charley Coleman all worked hard, but couldn`t get much service up to Ashleigh Grabham, who found things tough against an uncompromising defence.

 

Abbi Powell, Shannon Nutkins and Kasia Bate also found things difficult but backed up their teammates well.

 

For all Ashton`s constant pressure they only managed to beat Hollick twice. The goals came in the last five minutes of each half. The first was a terrific twenty-five yard free kick and the second more of a scramble in a crowded area.

 

The improvement over the past few weeks has been great to see especially as the effort has involved the whole team. The spirit, enthusiasm and dogged commitment is testament to all the players and promises that better results will come.

More progress, Well Done !

WILDCATS  1 - 2 CHEDDAR VALLEY

Another eally good performance, girls, well done ! You really are beginning to meet the ball and compete with the opposition all over the pitch.

This was another very pleasing performance by the Wildcats and they were unlucky not to come away with a draw. The team`s commitment, competitiveness and determination have improved immensely in the last couple of weeks and they matched Cheddar in every area of the pitch.
 
Cheddar had the better of the early exchanges, but with Ruth Jennings and Emily Summers supporting the ever reliable Jess Gould and Imogen Currie, it took an excellent long range effort to beat Ashleigh Hollick in the Wildcats` goal. This came after 15 minutes and 5 minutes later Gould hit a fine through ball for Ashleigh Grabham to run on to and to equalise with her usual aplomb.
 
For the rest of the half Wildcats played some great football with Charlotte Holder, Alisha Roncaglia and Olivia Salter to the fore. Grabham just failed to score with a half chance.
 
A rather sluggish start to the second half from the home side gave the visitors the opportunity to regain the lead, but with Holder, now in goal, pumping long clearances up to the forwards, the Wildcats had more and more of the play. India Cordy and Kaycie Harwood pushed forward with Grabham and with Sophie Davey and Hollick busy in midfield, Cheddar were under much pressure.
 
Abbi Powell was doing well against their dangerous left winger and this allowed Gould to start moving out of the back line with great effect. The way the Wildcats finished the game showed that their overall stamina is also improving and the final whistle went with the visitors hanging on to their lead.

 

Well Done ! Well Done ! Well Done!

This was a brilliant way to come back from last week`s disappointment. Well Done !

CHEDDAR VALLEY  4 - 1 WILDCATS

Wildcats response to last week`s heavy defeat was terrific. After a lively and positive midweek training session, the girls approached this game with fresh determination and commitment and only succumbed to two goals in the last ten minutes when they were pressing for an equaliser.
 
Kaycie Harwood and Alisha Roncaglia brought real energy and competitiveness to the midfield and with Imogen Currie and Jess Gould back to their best in the centre of defence the first half was pretty even. Charlotte Holder, volunteering to keep goal, bossed her area with confidence and some bravery, and with Olivia Salter steady at right back the home side had to work hard for their opening goal.
 
With Ashleigh Grabham working hard up front, the Wildcats created a few chances, but it was Cheddar who went further in front after 25 minutes. Sophie Davey, showing just how much she has to offer, made two storming runs into the opposing area as the half drew to a close, but she was kept out by good defending.
 
In the second half the Wildcats had even more of the play and their commitment was a pleasure to see. After a quarter of an hour Holder`s route one clearance put Grabham in with a chance and she duly converted confidently. The Wildcats then proceeded to play some of the best football they have all season and were in with a real chance especially when Gould started raiding down the left. Their final throw of the dice saw Holder come out of goal and add her considerable drive to the search for the equaliser. The fact that it didn`t come had more to do with Cheddar`s competent defence than any lack on the Wildcats part.
 
Unfortunately the back four were left a little exposed as those in front pushed forward and two late goals saw Cheddar slightly flattered by the 4-1 scoreline.
 
The attitude shown by the girls promises much in terms of future progress and they can be well-pleased by this performance.  

Heavy Defeat

WILDCATS  0 - 15  BISHOPS LYDEARD

When the opposition is as good a team as this one, the last thing you need is to concede two goals in the first three minutes. The Wildcats never looked like recovering from this and although they tried to play football whenever they had the ball Lydeard added to their total at will.
 
Ashleigh Grabham worked really hard to get the attacks moving and she was well backed up by Alisha Roncaglia but the score reached 6 after 18 minutes. At this stage `keeper Ashleigh Hollick was injured and Charlotte Holder went in goal, conceding two more before half time.
 
In the second half with Holder doing well as replacement `keeper, there was a little more determination to compete. In midfield Sophie Davey, India Cordy and Kaycie Harwood gave it their best shot, but Lydeard continued to dominate the possession and allow Grabham little encouragement. 
 
The total reached 15 and we were left wondering what would Alex Ferguson do now !

Come on girls, we need some strong characters now to pull everyone together and move on from here !

Much Improved

ALLER PARK  2 - 1 WILDCATS

This was a much improved performance by the Wildcats. The whole team showed much greater commitment and competitiveness and could easily have come away with a draw.

Aller Park had the better of the exchanges in the first fifteen minutes but it was the visitors who opened the scoring. From almost their first real attack, a good move down the right hand side, with Alisha Roncaglia and Ashleigh Grabham prominent, opened up the home defence and Charley Coleman coolly converted the scoring opportunity.

As usual Jess Gould and Imogen Currie defended superbly and they were ably assisted by Olivia Salter. The hard work put in by the midfield, especially Kaycie Harwood and India Cordy, ensured that Aller Park were kept at bay depite continuing to have more of the play.

After 31 minutes, a crowded penalty area, a poor clearance and a powerful shot from 15 yards brought the equaliser. Before half time, the home side went close with an excellent shot from 20 yards but Ashleigh Hollick`s steady goalkeeping kept the scores level.

Charlotte Holder, always determined and strong, came close to putting the Wildcats back in front early in the second half, but it was Aller Park who took advantage of some poor defending to take the lead.

The Wildcats continued to give as good as they got with Cordy going close after a fine run and shot from Grabham.

Defeat in our first league game

MERRIOTT  7 - 1 WILDCATS

The Wildcats travelled to Crewkerne for their opening league fixture and never recovered from going two goals down in the first five minutes against a lively Merriott attack. Imogen Currie and Jess Gould tried to stem the flow with some strong defensive play but, despite periods when the Wildcats matched their opponents, the 7-1 scoreline was no more than the home side deserved.

Alisha Roncaglia was again the Wildcats` star, always challenging and competing well, and contributed most shots at the Merriott goal even from her midfield berth. Her teammates have got to follow her example of trying to be first to the ball at all times.

From 4-0 down in the 25th minute, the Wildcats had their most productive period. Having far more of the play, 6 corners were won and a great shot from the edge of the area gave Roncaglia the goal her efforts deserved.

In the second half, with Ashleigh Grabham leading from the front, the Wildcats played some good football but rarely troubled the Merriott rearguard. Ashleigh Hollick was steady in the Wildcats goal but couldn`t prevent the home side from adding three more goals to their total.


Still Need To Be Quicker and Stronger

BISHOPS LYDEARD  4-1 WILDCATS

Once again the Wildcats Under 14s came away second best in this friendly match against a side who were quicker and stronger on the ball. Hopefully when the league starts next week the players will find the competitive edge and sharpness necessary to perform effectively in the eleven-a-side game.

`Keeper Ashleigh Hollick was excellent, adding good clearances to her brave and steady handling. Alisha Roncaglia was the pick of the bunch on the pitch, covering brilliantly and continually managing to be in the right place at the right time.

In the first of four periods Lydeard dominated but Imogen Currie, Emily Summers, Abbi Powell and Charley Coleman all did well in defence and there was just one goal, scored following a corner.

In the second period Wildcats came into the game more, but Lydeard increased their lead to 2-0.

Two more goals in the third period were no more than Lydeard deserved as the Wildcats failed to make any effective use of the possession they had.

In the final period Wildcats really got into the game dominating territorially and creating many shooting opportunities. Ruth Jennings and Beth Lowman led the dfence in clearing more strongly and this enabled Ashleigh Grabham to get in the game more. With Kasia Bate, showing much improvement, combining with Jess Gould and Kaycie Harwood in midfield the visitors finally attacked with purpose. Josie Holland converted well from the edge of the area to make it 4-1 and India Cordy hit a great shot just over the bar.

Our first league match is next Saturday against Merriott at Maiden Beech School, Crewkerne.

Promising Start

YEOVIL TOWN 10 WELLINGTON WILDCATS 1

To take on the current league champions as opposition in their very first taste of eleven a side football was a tall order for the Wildcats Under 14 side, but they came out of this game at Somerton with much credit.

On an enormous pitch, which suited both teams passing football, the Wildcats matched Yeovil in the first 25 minute period and came in just 1-0 down. Setting the scene for the rest of the match `keeper Ashleigh Hollick and central defender Jess Gould were outstanding and Sophie Davey, India Cordy and Kaycie Harwood made the most of Josie Holland`s attacking runs to play some good football.

In the second period it was more difficult and the strong Yeovil side increased their lead at regular intervals. Jade Gardner and Alisha Roncaglia worked hard to play the ball out of defence and Imogen Currie continued to support Hollick and Gould strongly, but the Wildcats defence was always under pressure and couldn`t get Ashleigh Grabham in the game.

During the final third period, Wildcats, though tiring noticeably, upped their game and grabbed a consolation goal through Grabham. Kasia Bate, on her debut, gradually came more into the game and Shannon Nutkins and Beth Lowman persevered while still finding it tough going.

There was much to be pleased with in this display and the girls` enthusiasm and togetherness promises an exciting season ahead. If the team are to do really well however, the better players in the team must have more influence on the play and other members of the team need to find the confidence to play a full part.

Community Coaching

We hope to see all of you at the Community Coaching on Monday evenings as advertised on the website. It will get you warmed up for when our own training starts on August 17th.

Competition

Alan is offering a nice prize for any girl in the new Under 14 Team who comes up with a good answer tho the following question ?

What do you think is the biggest difference between playing 7-a-side and 11 a-side ? Explain your answer in the forum and then collect your prize.

Excitement

Ellen, Mike and Alan are all looking forward to coaching a team playing proper 11-a-side football.

The promise of exciting prospects are evident everywhere. Hopefully Emily B will be fit to start in goal. Chloe, Ruth, Imogen, Beth, Abbi and Ashleigh H. can form a great back line. Shannon, Kerry and Josie can help there or in midfield where Alisha, Jade, Jess, Ellie and Emily S. can bring a terrific work rate. India, Olivia and Charley add much skill to hard work in wide positions. Up front the combination of Ashleigh G and Kaycie, backed up by Alisha, Jess and India should bring us plenty of goals.

Wildcats presentation

Wellington Wildcats, the Girls Section of Wellington Football Club, held their Presentation Evening recently and a large crowd of players and parents enjoyed a celebration of a good season.

Nikki Neave, Somerset FA`s Welfare Officer, presented all the trophies and medals and Colin Waller, the Club`s Youth Organiser, hosted the evening.

Highlights were Ellen Grabham`s Under 12 team receiving their trophies for finishing as League runners-up and Maisie Williams receiving the Alan Stonebridge Trophy for the outstanding player in the club.

All the players received a presentation medal and trophies were awarded for Players` Player     and Manager`s Player for each team. Goalkeeper Emily Buttle was the Players` Player and Kaycie Harwood Manager`s Player for the Under 13s. Shannon Nutkins, Players` Player, and Imogen Currie, Manager`s Player, won the awards for the successful Under 12 team and Alessandra Sears and Sophie Beech the respective awards for the Under 11s. For the youngest team, the Under 10s, there was a tie for Players Player between Madison Davey and Amy Rodger and Willow Dyke was Manager`s Player.

In addition to the Under 12s success, the packed clubhouse heard how the Under 11s had a very enjoyable weekend away at the Minehead Festival and how they had just failed to finish as runners-up in their league. The Under 10s also enjoyed their share of success finishing first in all the mini tournaments they played in except the last. The Under 13s had more of a rollercoaster ride, losing all their league games up until Christmas before showing much improvement in the Spring, winning as many games as they lost.

Despite the disappointment of having to disband their Under 15 team, the Wildcats continue to grow and any new players from Years 2 right up to Year 8 would be very welcome. If you are interested why not give Alan a ring on 461689.

Preparartion For New Season

Next season the Wildcats Under 13s and Under 12s will join forces to become the Under 14 team for the 11-a-side Somerset league.

This is an exciting step for all the girls who have only played 7-a-side mini soccer up until now. With a squad which should number close to 20 we feel we have the strength in depth to hold our own in the league.

As runners-up in the Under 12 league Ellen Grabham`s squad have the skill and ability necessary to compete with slightly older players and the Under 13s showed so much improvement after Christmas that they should be able to hold their own in the 11-a-side game.