Bexhill College Women’s Football Academy battle in regional 7-a-side tournament in Eastleigh

07 November

Bexhill College Women’s Football Academy battle in regional  7-a-side tournament in Eastleigh

The Bexhill College Women's Football Academy travelled to Southampton on Wednesday 6th November for the AoC Sport South East Women's Football Regional Tournament.

Due to exams and unavailability, Bexhill were not at full strength, taking only 9 players against more experienced squads of 12.

The scores of the games were as follows:

Game 1: Bexhill 1 - 0 Barton Peveril – Player of the Match (POM): Naima Pitts for making a fantastic effort in goal.

After a 6am meet, and a 3+ hour journey to Eastleigh, the girls started the tournament strongly. In the first half, Bexhill took the lead when Izzy Foot was alert to convert a chance created by the opposition defence being clumsy in trying to clear the ball. Bexhill saw out the lead with some good blocks and great goalkeeping in the second half.

Game 2: Bexhill 0 - 3 Worthing – POM: Izzy Foot for her tireless running and continuous aggressive pressing from the front.

A strong, composed and well organised Worthing side started on the front foot, moving the ball well and creating chances, two of which they converted. In the second half though, the Bexhill girls increased the tempo, and actually started to dictate the play. However, unable to convert the chances, Worthing counter attacked and scored one more in the second half. A good second half performance doesn't match the score line.

Game 3: Bexhill 0 – 1 Chichester – POM: Luisa Monopoli, who played in a different role in the left of a back three, and did well to adapt. Defensively she was composed and firm.

Going up against an opposition Bexhill knew very well, the girls knew this was going to be a challenge, and they performed accordingly. The very experienced Chichester side could not create a clear chance against the resolute Bexhill defence, and changed tactics. Bexhill played excellently to frustrate Chichester and limit them to long range efforts at goal which were saved well by Pitts. On the counter attack Foot and Shaina Mallorca created some good chances but were unlucky not to convert one. Unfortunately, the difference between the two teams was an unfortunate goalkeeping mishap, leading to Chichester's only goal.

Game 4: Bexhill 0 – 0 Peter Symonds – POM: Lillie McSweeney won the ball back repeatedly and often carried the ball out of defence with real confidence.

An even game between two well matched sides, ultimately resulted in a stalemate. Defensively Bexhill were very strong and didn't ever look like conceding, but unfortunately, they simply couldn't create a clear chance to get the result they deserved.

Game 5: Bexhill 0 – 1 Highbury – POM: Izzy Eason-Warner, who won most of her duels, and recovered the ball frequently.

An aggressive and rough Highbury side pushed Bexhill College in a physical battle that Bexhill more than held their own in. Bexhill often found themselves in good areas, but just couldn't find that final pass or shot to take the lead or equalise. Highbury eventually took the lead in the second half due to a goalkeeping error from one of Bexhill's players covering in goal.

Game 6: Bexhill 0 – 1 Farnborough – POM: Caitlin Tewkesbury. Caitlin was a real driving force in this game from midfield, winning the ball and moving forward at pace.

A very even game, where Bexhill looked comfortable throughout against a tidy opposition. However, they again lacked a creative spark and more clinical finishing, not converting on a couple of golden opportunities. The difference in the game was an excellent finish from Farnborough's Centre Forward.

Bexhill's results seem frustrating on the surface but positives are to be taken from every game. Bexhill College's defence was very resolute and the girls showed great resilience in some challenging games. The primary challenges of the day were creativity and having no goalkeeper.

Player of the Tournament – Luisa Monopoli. Playing in a defensive role, Luisa is becoming more comfortable game by game. Her tackling was firm and timed well, and her strength in defensive situations was a real asset. Combine this with some good forward passing, some energetic runs to support the play, and her overall excellent attitude supporting her teammates, and Luisa is a great choice for Player of the Tournament.

For more information about joining the College's Football Academy, please visit the Bexhill College website for trial dates, application and more: www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk.

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