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.

The second trip of the season away at west Bridgeford saw all 13 U11 observing a minutes silence along with all parents coaches and opposition on a crisp Sunny Remembrance day. The girls yet again gave a fine performance with just too many high points to be about to report on. Our net today was occupied by the eager volunteers, Siobhan Simms and Jasmin Hallam, who both take the role extremely seriously and are slowly stating to show real promise between the sticks. Their skill in front of goal is also invaluable with both of them netting two goals each.  The remaining girls and positions were shared out throughout the 2 halves and each every girl showed that with every game they are becoming confident in all positions and in their own ability. Goals came though out the two halves, Tashan’s first season as a footballer is proving to be a great one with another goal while Emma Hodges, defender turned midfielder during the second half, scored her second goal in two games. Not to be out done Nell Pemrose and Player of the match, Freja Strom, scored their first ever goals for the club to make the final score 8-2. But all these goals could not be possible without the roles played by Phoebe Harris, Lucy Walton Charlotte Hayes, Ellie Jackson, Megan Green, Rebecca Shelton and Eliza Dodsworth, who link together throughout the game each taking on board what they learn in training. This result is down to the individual girls playing as a team in whatever position I ask them to play, well played today girls.

Notts County under 11s travelled away to Southwell and yet again put on a great display in a terrific game which saw 7 goals. Countys goals coming from a hat-trick from Tashan Keeling and her first goal for the club Emma Hodges with the player of the match going to Jasmin Hallam.

After only 11 seconds the Under 11’s were 1 goal to the good and never looked back. Tashan Keeling was in amazing form weaving and swerving her way in and out of the best that westbridgeford had to offer. Her ability to follow instructions and hard work in all areas of the pitch not only bagged her 5 beautiful goals but she was instrumental in the final result, both while playing out and when she took up her position in goal for the second half. With only 8 players available all the girls were given extra playing time and each and every one of them showed skill and precision, passing the ball around the pitch creating a lovely game to watch. Siobhan Simms was untroubled in the first half in goal and scored twice during the second half. Rebecca Shelton added to her goal tally for the season with another 4, two in each half. Player of the match, Phoebe Harris, Emma Hodges, Nell Bemrose, Freya Strom and Megan Green played across the entire pitch and built the foundations for the goal scorers to shine today, their hard work and passion to success made it easy for the forward runners to move up towards goal. The hard work the girls have put in during training and the development football they have played over the past few seasons is showing more and more with every game.

Notts County under 11s entertained NG united on a sunny morning at Church Lane. The hosts started brightly, immediately on the attack with Tashan Keeling slotting balls through from mid-field into striker Siobhan Simms who was always looking likely to get on the score sheet today. The defence of Megan Green and Freya Strom were not letting the visitors passed with timely tackles and clearances to feet. County opened their score sheet when Siobhan slotted home and then moments later increased their lead with a rocket of a shot from a wide position into the top far corner. The second period saw County go onto double their lead with a brace from Tashan Keeling who’s first was a delightful tap in and her second a solo effort taking players on in a wide position to cut inside and slot the ball in the near bottom corner. Rebecca Shelton’s work rate never dropped as she was battling hard in mid-field and was setting up attack after attack, at the other end the defence were holding up well and the player of the match was awarded to Megan Green who’s confidence grew throughout the game and never put a foot wrong. A great team performance, well done         

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