Incredible season sees Girls remain undefeated
With second place already confirmed, Bourne Town Junior Under 13 Girls completed an entire season unbeaten with an 11th straight victory away to St Ives.
The 2-0 win saw them go 22 games without defeat, winning 16 and drawing six during the Cambs Girls League season.
The run actually stretches 26 league games all the way back to March 25 2017 when they narrowly lost 3-2 against the eventual league champions PSG.
The first half was a tight battle, which saw few chances for either side, with Edie Duncomb having the best chance for Bourne when she met a through ball first time on the volley with just the keeper to beat but saw her effort drift agonisingly over the bar.
Without the injured Beth Brown, Bourne welcomed back Matilda Manning to the team for the first time since September.
Her return gave as much enjoyment if not more as the eventual scoreline and, with her assured performance, it looked like she had never been away.
As usual the remaining defensive unit of Lacie Bridges, Lara Austin and Ellie Hall were all on top form and were giving no opportunities away. Behind them Lilia Brett was rushing off her line to sweep up any danger when it arised.
The girls came out for the second half knowing that they were on the brink of creating history with another solid display.
Captain Milly Ramm, led by example, picking up the ball and beating a couple of defenders before stinging the palms of the keeper with a powerful shot from inside the box.
From the resultant corner, Ramm defied physics to swing the ball over everyone and into the net via the back post, right footed from the right side of the pitch for her fourth goal of the season.
Moments later she created yet more havoc by playing the ball through for top scorer Nicole Haynes to rush on to, who was then cynically dragged down when clean through on goal. The incident sparked a relatively placid match into life.
Moments later Bourne encountered their only real danger of the match, when a dangerous through ball cut the Bourne defence open.
Manning did well to retreat and clear before colliding with her own keeper and attacker in the process. With the ball still bouncing around dangerously in the box, keeper Brett managed to scramble back and cut out the resultant shot despite suffering a nasty bang to the head in the collision.
With the game stopping for a second-long stoppage in quick succession, Bourne had to regain their composure and see out the remaining 20 minutes of their season.
Brett was able to battle on with an ice pack for company and managed to see out the remainder of the game for her 13th clean sheet of a fantastic season for her and the Bourne defence.
The impressive Viktorija Kriauciunaite and Olivia Jedruszak had a couple of chances inside the box to make the game safe but found the St Ives keeper on top form
However, moments later the victory was secured, when Duncomb capped off a fantastic season with her 12th goal with an effort worthy of the occasion.
Capitalising on a poor clearance from the St Ives keeper, she controlled and took aim from 25 yards to smash the ball into the net on the half volley in her own personal battle for goal of the season with yet another screamer.
Esme Thorley, who scored the girls first goal of the campaign back in September, had a glorious opportunity to score their last when she was found unmarked at the back post by Chloe Kelby, but her vicious left foot drive came back off the post and rebounded off the keeper and behind for a corner.
The final whistle brought to an end an incredible season for the girls. In just their second season together, they not only went unbeaten, but conceded just six goals in the process and scored more than 50.
If you are in current school years seven or eight and would like to join the girls for what promises to be yet another exciting season next year then contact manager Mark Kelby on firstname.lastname@example.org