Fixture > Team Bath Buccaneers U16 Girls v Ipswich, Kirkby Londsdale, Surbiton, Beeston and Old Loughtonians
Competition > Junior Clubs Indoor Competition National Finals
Date > Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January
Venue > Wolverhampton
Bath Buccaneers U16 girls travelled to Wolverhampton after qualifying for the National Finals of the Junior Clubs Indoor Competition.
Entering the competition not knowing what to expect, the girls faced Ipswich in their first game. Buccs started strongly and were unfortunate to concede an early goal. Despite this, good pressure upfront from Jane Goodman and two
well worked goals from Milly Bennett meant Buccs went 2-1 up.
Ipswich then equalised and despite a last-gasp short corner attempt Buccs were not able to equalise and the game finished 2-2.
In the second game of the day the Girls faced Kirkby Londsdale with high expectations. Despite tireless work at the back from Eliza Matthews and Holly Jackson Buccs did not play to their potential and ended up losing the game 2-0.
The girls came into the second day with a mammoth task ahead of them but knowing it was all still to play for and totally in their hands.
The first game against Surbiton was a tightly fought affair. The girls did not lose heart when initially going 1-0 down and two goals from Holly Jackson and one from Gabby Chapman meant the game was 3-3 with a few minutes left on the clock. Eliza Matthews then converted a short corner and the girls were then able to hang on to ensure the game finished 4-3.
The other results meant we needed a win and nothing less against Beeston to secure our place in the semi-finals. The first half of the match was the best the girls played all weekend and two goals from Holly Jackson and one from Eliza
Matthews meant it was 3-1 at half time. Beeston clawed one back to make it 3-2 but a superbly taken individual goal from Gabby Chapman made it 4-2.
Beeston did score again to make it 4-3 but the whole team defended valiantly to secure themselves a place in the semi-finals.
In the semi-final they faced Old Loughtonians who were unbeaten in their group. The girls played well and showed how much they had improved and were unfortunate to concede two well taken short corners.
Mia Borries-Gruber came close with a deflected effort, but we took the goalie off with 4 minutes to and the girls made the most of the outfield advantage with Freya Richards doing well to lift the ball over a diving keeper.
Despite their best efforts there was not enough time to find the equaliser and the game ended 2-1.
The girls made a marked improvement over the course of the weekend deserve recognition for becoming one of the top four clubs in the country.