FOOTBALL: Rugby Town Girls Under 8s enjoy first tournament

Rugby Town U8s (in orange) at the Brockington College tournament
Rugby Town U8s (in orange) at the Brockington College tournament
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League wins for U12s and U13s

U8s: Brockington College Tournament

The younger girls put on a great show in their first tournament. The players ended the day with a handful of wins and draws but more importantly, the experience of playing end to end football and enjoying it. As this is a development age group, the experience of getting a feel for the pitch, reading the games and playing as a team are the important elements.

All players performed well and tried their best at the tournament, but the combination of Hannah Randall and Nathalie Burns up front saw them secure a joint ‘Player of the Match’ honour. Very well done to all, and keep it up.

U12s: Rugby Town Girls 2 Royce Rangers 1: A great game by both teams with Rugby just edging it, end to end football with both teams committed to winning.

Rugby scored first with a great goal from Lauren, who never gave up and won the ball back on the Royce touchline then skipped past two defenders and the keeper. A much-improved Royce Rangers levelled late in the first half with a great through ball and a fine finish.

Rugby started the second half well and kept the pressure on for long periods and finally earned their rewards with a second goal from Lauren. Rugby could have added another but for a fine piece of defending by the Royce centre back.

Royce came on strongly in the last five minutes as Rugby tired due to only having seven players and no subs, but they hung on for the win. Both teams played well.

Star player: Charlotte Young.

U13s: Rugby Town Girls 3 Harborough Town 2: Rugby started strongly with confident passing. With constant attacks from Beth Allibone and Phoebe Stewart Rugby were unlucky not to finish the game off within ten minutes.

Hard work from all the team and timely passing from Charlie Weston meant the half finished 2-0, with both well deserved goals by Phoebe.

In the second half Harborough, with second place in the league up for grabs, upped their game. Rugby’s defence of Rosie Ryan, Jenny Quick, Lucy Gerrard and Catrin Burns kept out any danger, with Megan Evens in goal.

Megan Stewart and Lizzie Ashmore in midfield did an outstanding job, with support from Kerri Wood and Charlie Mculloch and sub Chloe Raine. Mia Campbell put in cross after cross. Beth’s hard work was rewarded for 3-0. Harborough gave their all and came back to 3-2. Rugby then needed team spirit and determination to hold on. Parents’ player: Phoebe Stewart. Manager’s player: Charlie Weston.