Development football is not a results business, but a progress business.  A player or team is measured on what they have leant and how they apply that within the game. The under 11’s progressed over the last month has been nothing short of spectacular.  With 4 new players and a squad of 13, playing times for the remaining players from last year has decreased. But each player has embraced every challenge with enthusiasm which has made managing and coaching this team a real pleasure. This week’s game saw us take on one of the strongest teams in our division, Mackworth. But at times we made them look very ordinary as we camped in there half playing the ball round them and making them chase shadows. The Notts girls tried everything to break them down and score but Mackworth always seemed to have a last gasp block or tackle, or their goal keeper pulled off a miraculous save. I am very proud to be the manager of this team, and you should all be proud of the way you conduct yourselves on the pitch. Player of the match awarded to Jasmin Hallam.

Notts County under 11s travelled away to Gedling Southbank in the league plate competition. I asked the team to play a completely different format today and they didn’t let me down, for the first time this season we were to play four 15 minute quarters and the girls adapted to it without a second thought. With a first quarter goal for Tashan Keeling it looked like the plate game was going to go our way, a great team performance saw Siobhan Simms and Rebecca Shelton showing true team spirit by volunteering to share the time in goal between them, as always Emma Hodges was at the heart of most of the action aided by Megan Green, Phoebe Harris and Lucy Walton. The midfield of Tashan, Freja Strom, Eliza Dodsworth, Nell Bemrose and Jasmine Hallam, was kept busy but were a match for everything that Gedling decided to throw at them.  When not in goal Siobhan and Rebecca worked hard troubling the opposition keeper. The three Gedling goals were actually all that separated the two teams they were equal in all four quarters and just a little more work on finishing should see Notts challenging anything any team throws at them. A brilliant game that saw Nell pick up Player of the match for  a performance that showed just how much she has taken to the game, This was a game that people would have paid money to watch, our best game so far this season.

Notts County’s Under 11’s result today at home to Southwell was dedicated to the memory of Jeffery Townley, The girls were joined by Hucknall Rangers at Church lane and observed a minute’s applause at the start of the game for Jeffery, a player for the Rangers, who sadly lost his life last Sunday. A full squad was available for the game and an outstanding team effort saw the only goal of the game coming early in the second half with Siobhan Simms planted her third goal for the season firmly into the back of the net. It was a joy to watch this game today a true team effort with each girl showing skill and determination. Player of the match was awarded to Tashan Keeling.

The under 11 were away to Bingham on the first day of their season and they soon were off and running with a though ball from Jasmine Hallam to Tashan Keeling giving her room to run forward to score on her first appearance for the club.  A change after 10 minutes saw Freya Strom and Eliza Dodsworth make their first start for the club and after constant pressure from Notts, Tashan turned provider with a lovely right wing cross for Rebecca Shelton to open her account for the season. Charlotte Hayes and Lucy Walton changed places and yet another spell of pressure resulted in Rebecca winning the ball in midfield, taking on several players and weaving her way forward for her second goal. As the heat of the late summer sun was starting to take its toll on the girls, changes were needed to give the team chance to recover and Megan Green made her way onto the pitch to start her first game. Siobhan Simms and Tashan changed places in goal and with a new partnership in defence of Charlotte and Megan this saw the second half get under way, the midfield of Nell Bemrose, Emma Hodges and Phoebe Harris were in total control of the play, a Bingham goal kick was pounced on by Siobhan for her first goal. Her second came after a midfield change around, Tashan’s long goal kick made its way sweetly to the feet of Siobhan, who merely had to follow the ball towards goal to double her account.  Siobhan was in amongst it again when the pressure applied by Notts was awarded with a corner, Siobhan’s kick was half cleared by Bingham but Jasmine was quicker to react and planted the ball in the back of the net, yet another new face showing what she can do in her first appearance for the team. The game opened up and with only 10 minutes remaining Bingham scored twice and suddenly the game was very tense. However Jasmine was not going to be out done by her double scoring strike partners, after winning the ball in midfield she was off and running with a well-timed strike to double her goal tally. A good team performance lead by our new team captain Emma Hodges saw Notts looking like a team that had been playing together for years. Player of the match awarded to Charlotte Hayes.