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This week the year 5 and 6 girls football team took on Montem’s girls team at home.

After only a handful of practises,  the girls stepped out on to the pitch hesitantly but soon got into the swing of things. With Mrs Hood barking orders from the side lines and the supporters in high spirits, the game began.

Montem were the more experienced team but Cippenham girls gave them a run for their money and it was a fairly evenly played game. The score didn’t reflect just how much effort these girls put in. Going a goal down quiet early on, Lola rallied the troops and before we knew it, our secret weapon Ruby snuck round the back and scored our first and only goal of the match. Grace and Victoria, both new to goal,  stepped up and for a safe hand stint. It’s not an easy position to play and a massive pat on the back goes to both girls.

Down at the other end of the pitch, Poppy was a whippet up front and it was a pass from her that set up our goal. Showing determination, a ball to the face didn’t stop Casey, and after a quick ice pack, she was back on the field making some great tackles. Demi showed us that even though she is a year younger than most of the players, she wasn’t going to be messed with! Demi played some fantastic defensive play and moved the ball forward when needed. Last minute addition Salma, listened well to Mrs Hoods directions, hoofed the ball upfront to the strikers and stuck to the opposition like glue. With the score at 3-1 at half time the girls came off for a drink and well deserved rest.

After a quick pep talk, Cippenham came out strong and were more comfortable and confident, had their heads in the game and didn’t concede any goals in the second half. Victoria made some great saves and Lola stood strong in defence. Mahi and Sienna worked well together and made some lovely passes up the field to Faatimah who had some real near misses. With a list of switching positions and subbing on and off to remain warm, The girls really played their socks off and we couldn’t have asked for any more. Thank you to the girls who weren’t playing this game for supporting the team and cheering encouraging words from the side lines. Also a big thank you to all of the spectators who came to watch and cheer, it really lifted the girls spirits. Finally, a very big thank you to Mr Rampton and Jaq, who helped mark out the pitch and referee the match. Here’s to the next match!!