Wight Eagles Girls travelled away to Andover to make history for the youth academy and play their very first game for the club.
The team were up against all the odds thrown at them as they played Andover – who currently sit 2nd in the top division in the Hampshire League and were on an unbeaten run. With the Wight Eagles missing some key players for the trip away, the girls started strongly and kept the pressure on Andover, making it hard for them to break behind lines with a very well worked back 3 of Ellie, Poppy, and Summer.
In goal was new signing Eloise who had her work cut out as the heavy rain started to pour and made the surface slippy. Andover started to build their confidence and broke the deadlock with their experience starting to show. As the tables started to turn, the Island team spent most of the 1st half pinned back in their own half as Andover created chances and were soon 4-0 up.
Wight Eagles then had their chances to pull a couple back as they found some form and had a few corners to attack at. Another new signing, Amelia, had a couple of chances that just went wide of the goal.
In the second half, the girls came out stronger and more organised with a few crosses from Lyla and some better link-up play from Olivia and Imogen in the middle of the park .
As the rain started to fall even heavier Andover picked up the pace and soon scored another 4, with their fitness levels clearly higher, but The Eagles kept on trying to play football with 25 mins left. Andover scored another couple as the vision on the pitch started to disappear and the ref called the game to an end – finishing with 10-0 to Andover.
Manager Dan Verstraeten said:
“It was a tough task for the girls to go and get a result in the Hampshire cup against a well drilled team at the top of their game and in 2 divisions above us. With the weather conditions as bad as they were even adult games were being called off, but they went and gave it a go and never gave up there‘s a lot more to come from this team, they tried their best and had fun that’s all I can ask of them.
“To make history for the Wight Eagles Academy is what we set out to do so for me that’s the proudest moment for me. We also need to give a big thank you to WightFibre for sponsoring the kit this season.”
The next game for the girls is Saturday 9th October against Winchester in their 1st League Game.
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