It is with great pride and pleasure that I write this report as today saw Notts County Under 11’s take on a strong Derby side in the latest round of the plate completion. The recent bug sweeping though the children of Nottingham had already claimed two squad members and before the fourth quarter Nell Bemrose had also fallen by the way side. However the remaining 10 played to the end with passion and determination in a game that turned out to be extremely tight and possibly our hardest game so far this season. By the end of the first quarter the girls had fallen behind to a single goal, after a goal mouth scramble. However the second quarter saw Rebecca Shelton finding just the tiniest of holes in the Derby defence, making the most of a half chance she hit the ball from the edge of the box to equal the score. The defence of Emma Hodges, Megan Green, Phoebe Harris and Lucy Walton were worked hard all game cancelling out chance after chance making Derby work even harder. The midfield were as sure footed as always but even this solid play couldn’t prevent Derby ending the second Quarter with a single goal advantage. The dynamic duo in goal, Siobhan Simms and Jasmine Hallam changed places at the start of the final two quarters, this was to be the turning point of the game, Tashan Keeling and Freja Strom had been battling throughout the game and along with the immense pressure applied by the girls it was only time before Siobhan found herself with only the goalie to beat. Not only did she pounce on a rebounded Tashan shot that had been run out of defence by Megan Green but she was ready and waiting when a ball that came down the left hand side from Rebecca for her tap past a defender before slotting it past the keeper. While the team were cancelling out the Derby lead at one end Jasmine was organising the defence and pulling out top draw saves to close up the Notts goal. The final quarter turned out to be the hardest 15 minutes of the game, not only did they have to cancel out the advances of the Derby team but they too had the chance to increase their narrow lead. Player of the match: Rebecca Shelton With each game this season the girls are increasing with confidence and skill and make Sundays very enjoyable.