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Ladies update

Filed: Monday, 23rd September 2013
By: Staff Writer

West Ham Ladies' junior section kicked off their season in style with high-scoring wins coming from all four sides...

Under 17s

Within the first minute West Ham's midfielders linked up to force a great save from the Island Girls goalkeeper. As the shots continued, the Island defenders were forced to make a number of tackles to keep the Hammers - who also hit the woodwork in the opening minutes - at bay. However West Ham's persistence paid off when Harrison and Winsor-Claydon combined to supply Shelley Sumpter with a golden opportunity, which she tucked it away in the bottom corner.

West Ham showed they can also threaten from range as a 30 yard shot kissed the crossbar. Island Girls fought hard to level the score but Aldana Zenker looped a shot over the midfielders and defenders, bouncing just behind the keeper to make it 2-0. A long clearance to Sumpter, who took it around the Island defence before picking her spot gave the Irons a 3-0 half time advantage.

With less than five minutes of the second half played, Sumpter turned provider as Sarah Harrison scored West Ham's fourth goal. The Hammers fifth came from Harrison, scoring her second of the match - and on the halfway point Sumpter completed her hat trick after picking out the top corner and leaving the 'keeper no chance.

The Hammers defence played their part once again in the build up play, supplying Kacie Winsor-Claydon with a well-weighted ball for her to head in. West Ham's Ciara Bland went on a individual run, breaking though the Island defences and going on to score what turned out to be the final goal of the game; West Ham winning 8-0.

Under 15s

West Ham Under 15 Ladies found their shooting boots with their first fixture of the new season, running out 14-0 winners against a resolute but inexperienced Corringham Cosmos side.

Playing good football from the off, the young Hammers quickly got themselves in front and this allowing them to relax into the game. With Hannah Humphreys pulling the strings and Grace Hill (five goals) and Isabelle Wallings (four) supplying the finishes, the girls continued with a constant stream of goals whilst remaining determined to keep a clean sheet at the other end.

Under 13s

The Under 13s got their season underway with a good win against Tigers FC.

The first twenty minutes of the game saw Tigers stop the Hammers from getting into their rhythm, whilst West Ham's defence held firm restricting the Tigers to long range shots that were all saved by Hammers 'keeper Maya Smith.

It took time for the West Ham girls to settle into the game but their relentless pressure eventually paid off. As the Tigers tired, the Hammers started to find the space and time to manipulate the gaps that were appearing on the pitch and some fast passing moves saw the Hammers go two goals up just before half time; both coming from Poppy Binding.

The second half saw the Hammers take the game by the scruff of the neck with a fine display of attacking football. After Poppy Binding completed her hat-trick, the goal of the game came from full back Molly Bowness whose thunderous 25-yard shot hit the roof of the net.

More goals soon followed with Elizabeth Reid scoring her first league goal for the team. Maddie O'Connor grabbed one shortly after before Kelly Wealthall scored two excellent goals. Finally, Hannah Landen fired home from distance to give West Ham a nine-goal lead.

Tigers finally scored with a minute to go - an unstoppable shot that gave Maya Smith no chance. So the final whistle came with West Ham running out 9-1 winners on their first league outing.

Under 11s

The Under 11s kicked off their league campaign with an impressive 15-1 win against a gallant Little Thurrock Dynamos team, who despite the scoreline kept going to the final whistle.

The girls' first half display was particularly pleasing with some excellent build up play and finishing. They attacked with real speed and were more clinical in front of goal than in previous weeks. Overall it was an excellent all-round team display for their first league outing, with everyone playing their part.

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