College girls in cup battle
Southend 5, East Norfolk Sixth Form College 1East Norfolk Sixth Form College girls' team were in action at Southend in the last four of the British Colleges' Eastern and East Midlands Region KO Cup.
Southend 5, East Norfolk Sixth Form College 1
East Norfolk Sixth Form College girls' team were in action at Southend in the last four of the British Colleges' Eastern and East Midlands Region KO Cup.
They had progressed further in the competition than the women's team has ever done before but this hurdle proved too great.
With players missing again due to exams, the girls were forced to play in an unfamiliar 4-5-1 formation, with Laura Thacker being brought into the midfield and Ellen Catchpole dropping into centre back.
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East Norfolk were forced to defend for most of the first half, playing uphill and against a strong wind and went into half-time level at 1-1, having conceded and scored from corners, with Laura Thacker netting for East Norfolk.
Luck and decisions went against them in the second half and they eventually bowed out of the competition with a 5-1 final score line.
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Coach, Chris Duffy, said: 'This was a hard lesson for the girls, who played great football from start to finish and showed a real togetherness when things went against them. It just wasn't their day!
'The girls can now focus on the defence of the East Region Division One league title which resumes after half-term.'
Hills Road Sixth Form College 3, East Norfolk Sixth Form College 3
THE East Norfolk football girls began a challenging week away to a Hills Road team currently lying one position above them in the league.
With several players missing through exams for this re-arranged fixture, they did very well to produce an excellent performance, with many of the girls having to play out of position.
Hills Road took the lead against the run of play with a well-struck free-kick beating Paris Hay after
East Norfolk responded superbly, with Amy Hague grabbing two quick goals after some very good build-up play.
In the second half, East Norfolk continued to play well, but again conceded against the run of play. A poorly defended corner and a well-taken goal by the Hills Road striker left East Norfolk trailing 3-2.
Captain Sharnie Boast grabbed the equaliser with 10 minutes remaining, but East Norfolk were unable to find the winner they deserved.
Jade Spooner was player of the match, producing her best performance in her time at the college and was unfortunate not to get the goal she deserved.