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Round-up of the weekend action from Deeping United Girls

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The girls teams at Deeping United enjoyed a successful weekend.

The Under 10s Pink and Green sides were in action against Stamford while the Under 12s faced Bourne Town.

The Pink team had to reshuffle their playing ranks due to availabilities which saw striker Lily Mitson take on the goalkeeping duties.

Deeping United Under 10s Green.
Deeping United Under 10s Green.

Elle Kennard and Inaaya Alvarez were in defence, Taylor Sismore on the left, Cimi Alvarez centre, Jules Kelsey right and Leah Beeken up front.

Beeken was forced off with a hand injury and, with no substitutes, Stamford sportingly agreed to withdraw from one of their players so it became a six-against-six contest.

United changed their formation and pushed Cimi Alvarez through the middle where she netted her fifth goal of the season.

Kelsey then went in goal for the second part of the game and produced an excellent display to smother the ball and stop any Stamford attacks.

Mitson’s move outfield then saw her power home a hat-trick after some brilliant play from the Alvarez sisters.

Cimi Alvarez then set up Sismore to net her fifth goal of the season and complete the scoring.

The performance of the Greens side on a different pitch then showed that the Under 10s continue to go from strength-to-strength.

Both teams had absentees due to injury and illness and it was touch and go as to whether Saturday’s game would go-ahead due to the heavy frost.

However, the glorious morning sunshine meant the pitched thawed in time for the game to go ahead an hour later than planned.

The game was an energetic affair from the first whistle as both teams had early opportunities in front of goal.

Deeping were putting together some neat passing moves while Stamford also looked dangerous on the break and it was this that led to the first goal.

A break from the halfway line and a powerful finish to the bottom corner gave Deeping’s stand-in keeper, Bella Curtis, no chance.

Deeping heads did not drop and they trusted that their passing game would come good in the end.

Deeping’s wingers, Matilda Walker and Erin Bundock, were using the wide pitch to their advantage as United worked the ball around Stamford’s press.

Deeping’s captain, Annabel Shepherd, also began to win the midfield battle.

It was Shepherd’s desire to win the ball that led to Deeping’s equaliser as she put in a strong tackle, winning the ball fairly in the middle of the park, before slotting the ball through to Hannah Cradock who raced through and finished with aplomb.

Stamford did not seem to be rocked by this and they continued to knock on the door but Deeping’s defensive duo of Ivy Roberts and Caitlin Gavaghan were dealing well with anything that came their way.

Walker was a nuisance all afternoon on the left for Deeping. She was playing with confidence and was relentless with her dribbles.

With half-time looming, Walker found herself with some space and time out wide and she put a great cross into the box that bounced off the Stamford keeper and into the net.

At the break Deeping switched their keeper and Shepherd was now in goal and Curtis joined Gavaghan in defence.

In the second half Deeping came under some pressure from Stamford’s forward line but they stood firm and put in a textbook defensive display.

Roberts had moved into midfield but she also helped in the defensive duties as well pushing forward and playing some great passes out wide. Erin Bundock was lively on the right wing and linked well with Cradock.

Deeping’s third came from some dogged pressing by Matilda Walker that forced a defensive error which she capitalised on beautifully.

Deeping’s coach, Ian Walker said, “This was our best performance for some time. It was a big pitch so we needed to play a passing game, letting the ball do the work.

“Every player worked hard for each other too. They pressed and won their battles.

“We also took our chances which was great to see as I know how hard these players have been working on their finishing.”

Andy Bundock, Deeping’s assistant coach, added: “It was great to have Caitlin (Gavaghan) back after a period of absence. She was solid with Bella (Curtis) in defence in the second half. They both deserved their joint player of the week accolade.”

The Under 12s rode their luck during the early stages of their game with Bourne who started in determined fashion.

Last-ditch defending and some inspired goalkeeper from Lexi Dunk kept Bourne at bay and ensured the half finished goalless.

The experience of Izzy Corby and Isla Tracey were brought on at half-time as the United coaches made some tactical changes.

And Tracey soon broke the deadlock with a hard and low strike into the bottom corner of the Bourne net.

Tracey then netted again with a cross-come-shot that sailed over the Bourne goalkeeper after some excellent wing play from Ellie Moore.

Layla Stimpson then rounded off the scoring as the game drew to a close after some dazzling inter-play with Tracey.

The ladies’ league fixture was postponed and replaced by a training session in preparation for Sunday’s league game against Glinton & Northborough at Werrington.

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