Chelmsford 4 Canterbury 1

EH Girls' U18 CupFourth RoundChelmsford 4 Canterbury 1CHELMSFORD booked their place in the quarter-finals of the cup with a good win in this hastily rearranged fixture.

EH Girls' U18 Cup

Fourth Round

Chelmsford 4 Canterbury 1

CHELMSFORD booked their place in the quarter-finals of the cup with a good win in this hastily rearranged fixture.

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This fourth round cup match was originally due to be played at Chelmsford, however, with both Chelmsford's pitches under a blanket of snow, Canterbury offered to host the match at their Polo Farm Sports Club ground.

In complete contrast to the bleak winter weather earlier this week, the game was played on a bright, sunny, cold day in near perfect conditions. Chelmsford fielded a full squad, but Canterbury's squad was unfortunately down to 12 players.

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Chelmsford made a really bright start and spent most of the first ten minutes in Canterbury's half, forcing two short corners.

However, Canterbury made the most of two breakaways in this period when they scored an impressive own goal following a slight defensive mix-up. This was only outclassed by Georgina Harron's creative midfield header from Philly Went.

It took a further 15 minutes of strong play from Chelmsford, including two good strikes on goal and a non-allowed goal, until Abi Krone tore through the middle of the field creating an opportunity for Phillippa Went to score.

The rest of the first half continued to be Chelmsford's with Helena Roberts and Sophie Nehammer weaving into the 'D' and forcing short corners. Kate Maxey converted the last short corner on half-time.

The second half was dominated by Chelmsford, with attacking play from Angharad Knill, Nehammer, Jenny Spindler and Roberts causing real difficulties for the Canterbury defence.

At the other end of the pitch Chelmsford's defence were heavily involved with good passing and long balls forward, Jess Ecott stepping up on several tackles to prove a solid base for Chelmsford to attack.

Kate Maxey shot and scored from another short corner, and shortly after, Spindler broke away behind the defence, forcing the keeper to collide heavily with her. Spindler was unhurt and the ball fell to Harriet Price who smashed it high into the goal for the fourth Chelmsford goal.

Roberts, Stock and Knill continued to trouble Canterbury with great dribbling skills and there were some strong shots by Maxey and Price. Canterbury had one or two isolated attacks, but these were saved by Kathryn Ecott.

Scorers: Kate Maxey (2), Harriet Price, Phillippa Went.

Squad: Katherine Ecott, Jess Ecott, Abi Krone, Kate Maxey, Claudia Sidoli, Sarah Williams, Angharad Knill, Helena Roberts, Jenny Spindler, Sophie Nehammer, Poppy Church, Sophie Stock, Katherine Roberts, Harriet Price, Philly Went, Georgia Herron

Non travelling reserves: Chelsea Claridge, Izzy Hare. Coaches: Rosie Maxey and Roger Krone.

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