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Round-up of the action from Deeping United Ladies and Girls teams

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Deeping United Ladies claimed a higher level scalp in the Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup competition on Sunday.

The Division Three side returned from their short trip to Werrington with a 3-1 victory against hosts Riverside in the Group E clash.

They made an excellent start against their Division Two opponents and their early pressure looked to have paid off after 15 minutes.

Deeping United Girls’ Under 10s Pink who played against Chatteris.
Deeping United Girls’ Under 10s Pink who played against Chatteris.

A great through ball from Hannah Chapman set Dani Walder away and she got her shot off only for it to hit the post and roll agonisingly along the line until Lilia Gosden ran in to finish it off.

However, the assistant referee then flagged for offside and United’s early lead was wiped out.

They kept up the pressure while the Deeping defence of Chrissy Blake, Caitlin Walker, Bec Shields and Chelsea Johnson were resolute and kept Riverside’s chances to a minimum.

The hosts then broke the deadlock five minutes before the break with a stunning 35-yard strike from Elizabeth Walker that left United goalkeeper Lauren Millar with no chance.

Deeping came out more determined for the second half and with Mel Sedgwick, Hayley Baldock, Caz Sutherland, Lilia Gosden and Chloe Kelby working tirelessly in midfield, they managed to get back on top of the game.

They levelled 15 minutes into the second half as a great flick on by Walder manged to get Chapman in behind the defence and she fired home an accurate finish.

This goal gave Deeping renewed confidence, with Sarah Bakermault starting to pull the strings and organising the team to great effect.

They hit the front midway through the second period when a fine ball from Walder found Chapman who lobbed the home goalkeeper from 25 yards out.

The roles were then reversed five minutes later with Chapman playing Walder through to fire her shot inches wide of the post.

The win was sealed with 10 minutes remaining as Chapman and Walder linked up again,with this time Walder lobbing home the finish.

Deeping then held firm for the last 10 minutes as Riverside pressed to get back in the game but a couple of excellent saves from Millar kept the score to 3-1.

It was a great way to finish 2021 for the ladies who will return to league action on January 16 with a flurry of away matches.

Deeping United Girls Under 10s Purple and Green teams with Stanground boys. (53893346)
Deeping United Girls Under 10s Purple and Green teams with Stanground boys. (53893346)

Deeping United Girls’ Under 10s Purple and Green teams showed a statement of the club’s strength when they played Stanground Boys.

The girls displayed a lot of what they had learned in their last training session in regards to passing and receiving, which showed in general possession and the interchanging between the front three.

Defensively, the girls were very brave all round, engaging in lots of duels, while their goalkeeping was impressive with precise distribution and bravery to come out and collect the ball.

Deeping United Girls’ Under 10s Pink ended their year with a match against Chatteris.

They improved after a slow start with Elle Kennard and Hannah Stephenson producing superb defensive displays.

Jules Kelsey made some crucial saves in goal while the switch of Matilda Walker up front began to penetrate the Chatteris defence.

United then started to create chances for Walker, Taylor Sismore and Cimi Alvarez, while replacement keeper Dotty Dobington was in fine form by showing lightning reflexes to keep Chatteris at bay.

The Lilies did score a goal towards the end of the second period of the game but United pressed again in the final 20 minutes.

Kelsey, now playing outfield, won possession before bursting to the byline and pulling the ball back into the box.

Sismore’s shot took a deflection but she regained possession, rounded a defender before firing home into the bottom corner of the net for a deserved team goal.

United went close in the final stages by hitting the woodwork while the Chatteris goalkeeper made some key saves.

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