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Round-up of the match action from Deeping United ladies and girls team

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Deeping United Ladies had their first taste of county cup action on Sunday after receiving a bye for the first round.

They made the long trip to face a strong and physical Ruston Sports Ladies who unfortunately for United ran out 10-1 winners.

Player of the match Dani Walder scored United's goal in what was a great experience for the team who will take a lot of positives away from the game.

Deeping United Ladies (53294798)
Deeping United Ladies (53294798)

The ladies produced a very gritty performance throughout and now have a two-week break before returning to league action at Chatteris on December 12.

Deeping United Under 12 girls suffered a day of mixed emotions as they went down to a 4-3 defeat against Lincoln United in a cracking contest.

The game started at a blistering pace with both teams playing fast, attacking football that tested the opposition defences who in turn were equal to the challenge.

The deadlock was broken when the Lincoln goalkeeper's kick took a huge bounce over the Deeping defenders and was quickly pounced on by the Whites' centre forward who clinically finished from the edge of the box.

Deeping settled back into the game and soon returned to doing what they do best by passing the ball.

In a move that started at centre back, with passing that smoothly transitioned down the left wing, and which then found Eva Fraser in stride was finished with a low strike into the corner out of the Lincoln keeper's reach.

Again the game settled into a tennis-style contest of opportunities with the chances at each end but it was Lincoln who took theirs first to make it 1-2 at half-time.

Unfortunately after the break the Deeping girls started slowly and, despite a player of the game performance at centre back by Megan Wyer, the onslaught of opportunities for Lincoln was too much and two quick goals later the home team found itself with a mountain to climb to gain any points from the game.

The never-say-die attitude that has grown within the squad was soon evident though with slick passing and an attacking mentality.

The Deeping girls peppered the Lincoln goal with chance after chance but the visiting defence and goalkeeper were equal to the task until late in the game when the attacking perseverance paid off with a goal from Isla Tracey to make it 2-4.

With time running out, Deeping continued to play all out attacking football and were soon rewarded with a third goal, the second of the day for Fraser and a lifeline to secure a well deserved point.

Alas though time would not be the girls friend and, despite one or two more excellent chances, the equaliser eluded them and the score remained 3-4 to a very strong and talented Lincoln team.

The bitter taste of defeat was made somewhat sweeter by the praise the team received from the Lincoln coach saying 'this is the best team we have played this season and the best game of football we have been involved in.'

The Under 11s came up against Lincoln Griffins Green this week and were brimmed full of confidence after last week's game.

The game started brightly for the Griffins who quickly showed they were a well coached team who enjoyed playing attacking football.

The Deeping squad contained many players who are still enjoying their first season of football and for the first 20 minutes of the game they stood toe-to-toe with their more experienced opponents but the continued pressure plus a very lucky bounce broke the deadlock in favour of Lincoln.

It was soon Lincoln on the front foot with their centre forward managing to wriggle free from the close marking of the outstanding Deeping defenders to finish with a clean strike just wide of the goalkeeper's fingertips.

At half-time some changes were made to the Deeping line-up and the introduction of a couple of the more experienced players changed the tempo of the game in the home team’s favour.

It was one of these substitutes that made it achieveable thanks to a move that any Women’s National League team would be proud of.

It started with a crunching defensive tackle, a quick one-two passing and a strong finish by Lucy Loades.

The game was then drawn level with an equaliser from Millie Talbot as the tide of the game had well and truly turned for the home team.

The final 15 minutes of the contest continued in a similar pattern but unfortunately the pressure was accompanied by a barrage of misses and last gasp clearances.

It was becoming clear that it might not be Deeping’s day - a sentiment that was soon confirmed when Lincoln broke late in the game to score the decisive goal and leave the home team on the losing side of a five-goal thriller.

Player of the match was Lois George, not only for her defensive performance but also for her distribution of passes after winning the ball.

Deeping United Under 8s Pinks showed a massive improvement from their previous encounter as they took on Ropsley Colts.

They hit the post and had another effort cleared off the line while some superb goalkeeping and tracking back kept them within touching distance after a pleasing performance.

Two of the club's Under 10s teams - Pinks and Greens - faced each other and both fought well.

Hannan Cradock netted a fine goal with some good positional play while Erin Bundock delivered some fine crosses and passes even though she was carrying an injury.

Annabel Shepherd and Bella Curtis were named players of the week for their dogged determination and never giving up.

The Greens were really impressive by passing into the danger zone and driving the ball forward.

Their goalkeepers kept them in the game with their defenders also doing an outstanding job while goal machine Lilly Mitson was prolific including a fine finish from Jules Kelsey's corner.

Mitson was named as their player of the match with Beth Stevenson being the most improved.

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