The early windy start was of no concern to the under 10 as they started the game against Castle Donnington.  Notts County Ladies dominated from the very start, with Jessica Thompson in goal only touching the ball twice. The team rotated around the pitch giving each girl the chance to play in every position. Rebecca Shelton was in fine form scoring 4 and setting up too many chances to count, Siobhan Simms increased her goal tally for the season with a lightening reaction as the goalie was unable to deal with her first attempt. Left footed Casey Bailey also got on the score sheet with a beautiful right footed goal and player of the match Ellie Jackson scored her first ever goal. Lucy Walton had a great game forming good partnerships both in defence with Ellie and in Midfield with Olivia Walker, who was her usual steady self, holding the ball up to allow players to run into space. It’s not always about how many players you have but more about the belief of the players to achieve something, and that was true of the team today. Well done to each and every one of you. Player of the match awarded to Ellie Jackson. Goals from: Rebecca Shelton 4, Siobhan Sims 1, Ellie Jackson 1, Casey Bailey 1, O/G.

Notts County Ladies FC v Ilkeston Girls AFC.There are times when you realise how lucky you are as a football manager to have parents, supporters and players who are supportive when needed and always a credit to stand along side, to day I was proud to be the manager of such a team. Events off of the pitch could have been the only talking point to the day, but instead we can talk about a fine penalty taken  and scored by Siobhan Simms, beautiful ball skills from Rebecca Shelton and Olivia Walker, a stronger more skilful performance from Ellie Jackson and Lucy Walton, the never say die attitude of Emma Hodges and Phoebe Harris, a determined and passionate performance from Casey Bailey and a confident safe hands performance from Jessica Thompson that earnt her the player of the match award. Theses girls turn up week in week out and never give me anything less than 100%, the score line is not important, the fact that we were able to leave the ground with our heads held high with a smile on our face, knowing we had played fair and true, is.


Sometimes in football it just isn’t your day, you just need that little bit of luck.  Luck had eluded County under 10’s even before the start of the game, only having seven players for the trip to Bingham made things far from easy for the girls. Having had the majority of the play during the first half, the ball just wouldn’t go in the net, and at half time the girls found themselves a goal down. Five minutes into the second half we were down to six players, and with Bingham continuing to play with seven, the end of the game saw Bingham scoring another three goals. Despite all this the girls were still in good spirits as they came off the pitch, (I think the prospect of chip butties helped).   Player of the match was awarded to Ellie Jackson.

Notts County under 10s entertained Southwell at Church Lane. This game can best be described as a game of two halves, by half time the Notts County under 10’s were down by two goals however the team were equal to all that the opposition had to give. The girls used every inch of the pitch in a skilful demonstration of what they are capable of doing and this hard work was to pay dividends when the second half opened. Lucy Walton and player of the match Emma Hodges made it their mission to stop any attacking move and that’s just what they did, Olivia Walker and Phoebe Harris were amazing in midfield helped by Ellie Jackson, who enabled them to have a breather in this fast paced game, knowing that what she is picking up in training and on match days is turning her into a great player. The hard work that was being done throughout the whole team from Casey Bailey in goal though defence and midfield meant that Siobhan Simms and Rebecca Shelton were given plenty of time and space to edge closer and closer towards the goal. The double act were again to equal out goals scored, between them. Siobhan scored first, Rebecca made it 3-2 and with the finally kick of the game Rebecca was on the end of a launched goal kick from Casey, to provide Siobhan with the perfect ball for her to hit the back of the net. The girls are working really hard to bring what they are learning in training to the football pitch, they are improving with every kick of the ball.

The under 10’s today showed how important it is to rotate players during training, to learn every position on the pitch and to build a side that is able to adapt to whichever situation be falls them each Sunday. Relying heavily on one player to win a match, doesn’t automatically award you a victory.The girls commitment to win was on show today and with Jordan Pacey stepping up to fill the space in the net behind the other 6 players it was to be a very interesting game. Siobhan Simms and Rebecca Shelton each bagged themselves a hat trick while Phoebe Harris scored her first goal of the season. Emma Hodges had a difficult job marking the strong speedy pace of the West Bridgford front line but was equal to her opposition keeping her in her back pocket making her work hard for every ball. Lucy Walton’s support of Emma was invaluable and her clearances gave Olivia Walker and Phoebe important balls to run onto to provide perfect passes for our strike partnership to use to their advantage. It is a pleasure to watch these girls gain in confidence and skill as each game passes. Player of the match was awarded to Siobhan Simms. Goals: Siobhan Simms 3, Rebecca Shelton 3, Phoebe Harris1.

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