WORTHING TOWN GIRLS (U15) 1 HURST GIRLS (U15) 1: Hurst went into this fixture in buoyant mood following a convincing win in their previous game. Worthing proved to be a far sterner test as Hurst experienced their first ever 11 a side match.
They acquitted themselves quite admirably with no hint of never having played that format and their discipline, positioning, effort, skill and commitment were all of the highest order. The defence of Callie Allison, Amber Grierson, Lucy Cooper and Hayley Penn played as an effective unit and held firm with solid tackling. They were only outdone by a somewhat fortunate goal after 20 minutes.
The girls had more than the fair share of possession and always threatened going forward. Maddy Tester and Jasmin Slater have always proved a good partnership up front and Tester’s quality pass resulted in Slater shooting narrowly wide. In the midfield Sylvie Withycombe and Robyn Jenkins caused havoc with their pace and Jenkins produced the breakthrough that Hurst’s play deserved. She forced the ball home after good work from the determined Ellie Finch.
The second half was just as gripping and Withycombe twice hit the side netting as well as forcing a great save from the home keeper. Finch and Ella Winton covered a lot of ground in the centre of midfield and Winton had a good shot go just past the post. Cerys Lupton Jones showed a safe pair of hands behind the defence as any threats were calmly thwarted .Hurst continued to pass the ball confidently and one outstanding move involving Withycombe, Slater, Finch and Tester resulted in Tester going agonisingly close. Hurst pushed for a winner with Jenkins having two more near misses. This was certainly their best ever team performance and showed the benefits of a close knit group of girls. Hurst can take great heart from such a professional performance.