Five-star under-14s step up title bid

scarborough ladies under-14s vs ripon
scarborough ladies under-14s vs ripon

SCARBOROUGH Ladies under-14s faced their longest trip of the season on Saturday, when they travelled to Ripon City Panthers in the City of York Girls League.

With only one point this season, the home side have struggled to make an impact on the league this season, but nevertheless the Boro girls were told not to take their opponents lightly.

Boro started with a fast pace, and after just 40 seconds skipper Chloe Marshall struck a shot from wide which hit a post.

A minute later the away team opened the scoring. Keeper turned midfielder Beth Hall played a short pass to Emily Dowson, and the top-scorer drilled home the opener from outside the box.

Marshall shot over as Boro looked to double their lead, but they then sat back and their pace slowed, attacks hard to come by.

However Lizzie Sartain and Caitlin Foster kept Becca Palmer’s goal free of danger with strong clearances and clever positional play.

Dowson did have a chance to score her second, when a flowing move started from the back through Sartain, to Hall and Marshall, ended at her feet, but she volleyed over the bar.

Cara Orrah and Bethan Howitt were introduced for Hall and Lizzy Alport, and Orrah had the next two chances - just missing a cross from Dowson, and then striking into the keeper’s arms after Dowson shot was saved.

Howitt then had a shot from outside the area which rebounded out to Dowson, and she made no mistake this time to make it 2-0 at the break.

Manager James Hunter and coach Warren Foster asked the girls to pick up the pace in the second half, as they looked to claw back some goal difference on the teams above them.

After keeper Palmer had made an early save Boro lifted their game and started to threaten the goal again.

Orrah struck a low shot wide after Howitt’s lay-off, but a few minutes later she wouldn’t by denied. She scored her first goal since the opening game of the season with a neat flick from Dowson’s corner to make the score 3-0.

The fourth goal was a beauty, as girl of the game Howitt powered a strike into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Marshall then came close after some neat triangular football, linking with Howitt and Orrah before her shot went just wide.

The fifth and final goal came courtesy of an own-goal by the Ripon keeper, who palmed a long throw from Dowson into the net.

A successful win to keep the pressure on leaders Easingwold and second-placed York RI - the latter of whom travel to Sherburn this weekend for a tasty looking encounter.

l THE under-13s had an unlucky 1-0 loss at York RI last Saturday.

A win would have taken Kev Mallen’s girls level on points with York at the top of the league.

Although York now sit four points ahead, with seven games still to play each, the Boro girls are still in with a title shout.

l THE OPEN-AGE side played their first game since November last Sunday against California Ladies Reserves.

The game finished 3-3, with Boro’s scorers being Natalie Davies, Chloe Bennett and Alice Turner.