On Friday the Under 14s won the South East regional tournament to qualify for the National Finals on Wednesday 2nd March.

Starting with a difficult game against a strong Sevenoaks side we scored early and although they created a few chances, we managed to contain their quick forwards and midfield most of the time to run out 1-0 winners.

Another first half goal put us in control against Brighton and we sealed a 3-0 victory with two breakaway goals near the end. A physical and direct Ardingly side were next and they had already drawn 1-1 with the strong and well-drilled St George’s team. Ardingly put us under a lot of pressure and created numerous chances and short corners. We were surviving but come the second half we got a breakaway and scored against the run of play. They hit the post but somehow we held on with some committed defending and great goalkeeping to give us another 1-0 win.

Whilst we were having a comfortable 3-0 victory over St Lawrence, St George’s were being held to another 1-1 draw with Brighton.

So with four wins out of four we had sealed top spot and qualification before playing our local rivals St George’s in the last game. Having been outplayed by them in both the Surrey heats and the Surrey finals but having sneaked 1-0 wins each time, this was a great match and although we lost 2-3, it showed just how much this side has improved over the past month.

So lots to practice before finals day in March when there will be two pools of four teams with the top two sides in each pool fighting it out for gold and silver and the second sides in each pool fighting for the bronze.

Squad for the tournaments: Evie A., Katie A., Charlotte B., Flora C., Martha C., Grace C., Bea F., Isla G., Grace J., Maddy K., Eliza L., Matilda L., Ruby M., Martha R., Lucy S., Ella S.