Match Report
King's College, Taunton Girls-U15A vs  Sherborne Tournament
On: Saturday, 09 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The tournament started with some ominous dark clouds hanging over the Leweston pitch, which proceeded to tease us with some heavy showers throughout the afternoon. Regardless, the girls got on with the games, never showing a lack of effort or willing.

The first game was against Canford, and was arguably the toughest. Without any stick on ball time, the first whistle went and the opposition were sharp and aggressive in attack. Lottie's Knill and Hanrahan had their work cut out at the back, with Milly Frankis and Olivia Banks doing their best to protect the defence. When the ball was reclaimed, King's seemed intent on trying to attack the hard way, which bore little fruit. After twenty minutes, Canford left the pitch ahead on the scoreboard.

Next up were King Edward's Southampton, and this game showed a bit more confidence on the ball and in each other. Jess Walrond was seemingly everywhere; the midfield trio of Matti Mercer, Milly Frankis and Olivia Banks starting to work well as a unit; Milly Campbell-Smith and the Thornhill sisters looking for work up front. However, some decisions made when in possession proved to be costly, and gifted several opportunities to the opposition, which they duly converted. The ended in a second loss, but with some very bright moments.

The final match was against Wellington and from the off the girls played with the confidence needed to be competitive. Some simple interventions before the push back appeared to take near-instantaneous effect, with King's looking to attack their weaknesses when on the ball, and defending with eleven players when off it. Viola West was highly influential on the right flank; Jenna Kirby set the bar high at the back; Nicole Marlow was finding her groove on a hockey pitch, getting a reverse shot away at goal. The game was won not necessarily by what was done by the player on the ball, but by what was done by those off of it. Passes appeared easy with players working angles, culminating in Milly Frankis timing her run to the top of the circle brilliantly and scoring in the corner of the goal.

Both coaches were very impressed with the rate at which the team improved and how the players applied themselves throughout. The future is very bright indeed if the team continues along this path.