A draw and a win for the Colts

Wirksworth Colts U11 Girls 3 Wednesday Wanderers 1

On this beautiful Saturday afternoon at Cavendish Fields, Colts got under way pressuring the Wanderers defence with Becka Rippon, Gracie Wilson and Beth Taylor unlucky not to have a rugby score in the first 15 minutes but it was Chelsea Elliott who broke the deadlock with a wonderful corner which curled straight into the net leaving Wanderers speechless and Chelsea celebrating her first goal of the season.

Wanderers levelled the score within minutes with one of their very rare ventures into the Wirksworth’s half.

In the second half, Colts’ defence of Amie Hutty and Dione Rapkin let nothing past halfway and Emma Wallen with Jess Amis in midfield ran rings round their midfield.

It wasn’t long before Gracie Wilson added a second and Becka Rippon had a solo run and shot from long range into the bottom corner for the third.

Apart from the shaking off hands at the end, Danielle Spencer had nothing to do in the second half.

Girl of the game for her constant running, defending and forward play was Chelsea Elliott.

Colts followed this up with a 2-2 at Buxton Magpies on Monday.

With only four points seperating Magpies from Colts and both chasing second spot, this was going to be a cracker from the off on a cold windy night at Sterndale Moor.

With about 20 parents from both sides stood shivering, play got under way with Colts falling behind within minutes when Magpies slipped a nice through ball to their forward to tap in. The first half was end-to-end stuff with Becka Rippon unlucky not to have a hat-trick by half-time and Gracie Wilson and Beth Taylor both going wide several times.

Magpies had just as many chances at the other end but the defence of Amie Hutty and Dione Rapkin held strong throughout.

The second half saw some great saves from Danielle Spencer, who was once again awesome between the sticks, but with Chelsea Elliott in her new role in centre midfield providing the strikers with some great through balls, it wasn’t long before Rippon got on the end of one to level the score.

With the wind now becoming a big disadvantage, Magpies had a lucky ball blown over the top only to be tapped in by their forward.

Emma Wallen then put a great ball down the right wing to Taylor, who took the ball past two defenders and chipped it over the stranded keeper into the top corner for her well-deserved first goal of the season.

This was how the game ended with a well-earned point for both sides leaving Colts still four points in front of Buxton in second place.

Girl of the game was Beth Taylor for her long-awaited first goal.