Charlotte Lloyd for HSFC Girls football
HSFC Girls Football vs Swindon
13th October 2008
Date: 8th October
Venue: Westfields (Home)
Player of the match: Amy Wilkins
Hereford produced a sparkling and dominant display to dismiss
Swindon 8-0. The girls seemed to have put their loss in the cup last week behind them, as they swept away the visiting side.
The first goal came within the first 5 minutes with Amy Wilkins drilling a shot past the keeper. The goals kept coming and
Their play in the first half was full of drive and determination. They kept tight to their markers whilst always being ready to blaze off into another attack and inevitably add to the score sheet.
Particular performances to note, in the first half, were that of Claire Almond whose speed and power tore
Swindon ’s defence apart. Hereford’s defence was also very solid, with Georgina Evans at left back not letting any of the opposing attackers past, whilst dashing forward herself. Charlotte Lloyd playing at centre back was also very solid. Her turn of pace after she’d wrestled the ball back was frightening and she started many of the
Hereford came out after the break 4 up and surpassed their first half performance with a second half full of sublime passing. They played very much in the style of Arsenal; keeping the ball on the floor and moving it around the pitch at speed whilst not being afraid to pass it back to the defence.
Their use of the wings was brilliant. A key feature of this was the superb play from the player of the match Amy Wilkins. She left defenders for dead and was always looking for the pass infield. Her speed and fluidity on the ball was capped by a perfectly weighted chip pass which lead to yet another goal. The partnership between Amy and Gemma Smilie was superb and lead to a number more goals. The combination of sheer pace and force crumpled Swindon’s defence and left the goalie to have to bend down and pick the ball out of the net again and again.
Hereford ended the game winning 8-0 but they could have scored twelve. They showed the same standard which took them to the semi finals of the National College Championships last year. As an observer I can say that the new editions in the team provide more speed and a cutting edge than the team last year. They may not have the power and force but their performance against
Swindon was full of beautiful football and the outstanding team performance gave them a well earned victory.
Tom Flathers – A2 Communication Studies, A2 English Language, General Studies and A2 History