Bromleians u16's Girls team
This season sees the first ever Broms girls team representing the club. We have a squad of 14 players who have already gelled into a very tight knit group. Whilst a few of the girls know each other, this is a totally new side, and not knowing what to expect, the girls were entered into the 2nd division of the kent league.
Our league season kicked off on 8th September with an away game against Paddock Wood. After a goalless first half, second half goals from Mia, Amani and Ellie ensured a comfortable 3-0 win on a very small pitch.
Our first home game was the following week against Anchorians. Being a very good passing side, the girls played on the main club pitch and made full use of the open spaces, playing some excellent football. Georgie scored one of the best team goals I have seen in my 19 years of coaching a team, with the ball rolled out by the keeper, and 4 passes later the ball being in the back of their net without an opposition player touching it. A few of the opposition parents were overheard saying that as we were a new team, we would take a bit of a hammering – they were extremely quiet at the end having been on the receiving end of an 8-1 hiding. Goals from Amani (3), Georgie (2), Kayleigh (2) & Ellie.
The following week we travelled to Long Lane full of confidence, and yet again played some really good football. In difficult windy conditions, the girls kept the ball on the floor and were worthy 7-0 winners with goals from Saffron, captain and leader of the team (2), Amani (2), Josie, Isla and Kayleigh
Meopham, who had won their first 2 games and not conceded a goal were the next visitors to the John Cooper ground. The girls were up for what on paper at least, looked to be their toughest test to date. We again played on the main pitch, and the girls totally destroyed their opposition in the first half, playing some brilliant stuff. We eventually ran out 9-0 winners, with the goals scored by Kayleigh (4), Georgie (2), Saffron (2) and Mia (brilliant header from penalty spot)
Next up saw us play the return fixture with Paddock Wood, who had given us our toughest test to date. Full credit to the girls who were aware of this and were really up for the game. A magnificent first half saw the game all over, however the girls kept their foot on the pedal and scored some fantastic goals, eventually running out 12-1 winners, with goals from Georgie (3), Mia (3) Kayleigh (2), Nobantu (2), Saffron and Amani.
Whilst we have been making numerous chances and scoring goals for fun, the performances of our goalkeeper and defenders, in not only restricting the opposition to 2 goals in 400 minutes of football cannot be underestimated. Georgia in goal (and Zoe in 3 of the games before her), as well as Lorna, Ascala, Maia and Milan have all played their part in playing the ball out from the back and starting off numerous attacks.
The girls are a real credit to our club, and I am extremely proud of all 14 of them. They all want to learn, they all want to get better and Broms are extremely lucky to have such a talented group of players. I am sure there are some big games to come, so hopefully we will see some of the adults on a Sunday morning supporting the girls – I know they will really appreciate that.
Steve – Luckiest manager at the club
Check out the girls progress here!