Under 12 Girls Match Stories 2017/18

High School Musical

Copleston - Away

Sunday 15th October  2017

The Under 12's made the short trip to Copleston High School to play their first ever match v the hosts, there was a full squad to choose from with Jorja back in goal following her recent finger injury, so the line-up had a more familiar look to it

Given that it is mid October, it was a beautiful day and many of the good following of supporters on the sideline were in shirt sleeves.

The pitch was very narrow and bumpy so ball control was going to be difficult, captain for the week (Talia) won the toss and elected to turn round to have the breeze and sun behind them first half. From the kick off it was apparent that the pitch was going to make things difficult, plus there were so many bodies in and around the Copleston penalty area, getting through was going to be hard work. 

Play was being dominated by the red and whites but some patience was required by Felixstowe, there were a few decent attempts on goal and the home goalkeeper was in fine form, but eventually Talia beat her defender for pace and hit a hard shot in off the post.

Rather than have the effect of settling the girls, they carried on being a little anxious that their dominance wasn't being converted into goals with Jorja being a virtual spectator.

Half time 0-1 to the Seasiders 

The half time chat saw a change to our shape and to create more space in front of goal, we dropped a striker and looked to play more in the wider areas, again Felixstowe were dominating the play and Copleston were restricted to a couple of half chances as the defence looked very solid, the marking was very good!

Our dominance was rewarded when Amy chased down some hesitant defending and forced the ball home, things were opening up and chances were being created now, it just needed some composure in front of goal as the Cops goalkeeper was playing well. 

Erika, playing now in centre-midfield was creating havoc every time she had the ball as well as winning the ball back, time and time again, her hard work was rewarded with a nice goal to finish the scoring. Nicole had her best game since joining us which was good to see.

Just a quick word about Tildy, Talia and Lizzie, they are all actually under 11 so often play against much bigger players, but the best compliment must be that you can't tell they are playing a ‘year up’ Well done to them. 

Overall a good result on a very difficult pitch against a team who were both well organised and competitive.

The player of the week was voted by the parents as Lyla who organised the defence which restricted the opponents to a few half chances. We go into a short break, no match next weekend, our next game being October 29th v IVR Blue at home.


Training is every Thursday ( except school holidays) 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Orwell sports Hall (indoors) and our recent recruitment seems to have worked as we have 4 new girls coming along this week as we plan ahead (we move up next season to 9v9 on a bigger pitch etc)

I have not been able to take training recently but will be back this week, thanks to Rog and Pat for helping cover

Have a good week


Ipswich Valley Rangers - White - Home

Sunday 8th October 2017

A beautiful day greeted both teams at Dellwood with Felixstowe having to shuffle the pack due to our star striker, Erika, being away for the weekend. This was compounded by Jorja (our Goalkeeper) having injured a finger at training in the week. We also had one or two with sniffles and coughs during the warm up. 

The need to have a good squad as well as a good team is very important and this was tested fully but the girls came though at every level. Lyla and Lilly “volunteered” to do a half in goal each, so Jorja played at centre back to keep our disruption to a minimum. With Erika away, we lined with Any and Talia “up top” and  a defence of Lizzy, Lilly / Lyla (depending on which one was in goal) and Jorja. Tildy played in midfield and Nicole was on the bench but played a full part in the game as much as everyone else.

We got off to a flying start and the changes seemed to have worked as we went into an early lead when Talia finished well after a good run. Another goal soon followed and it was obvious that Talia and Amy were going to be a handful for the IVR defence. We played some nice football at times, attacking the spaces, working as a unit which saw Lyla well protected as she did not have a shot to save of note. The players were rotated to give everyone game time and we looked quite comfortable. Half-time, 3-0 to the “Seasidettes”

The second half carried on in pretty much the same way and we added a further five goals. Talia scoring 5 in total and Amy three. We looked dangerous every time we attacked and if it had not been for a very talented (and very brave) IVR goalkeeper, it could have been a bigger score in the end.

Full credit to IVR who never gave up and their hard work got them the goal they deserved.(Even though we should have cleared it!)  Final score 8-1

Lots to be pleased about but the fact that we made a change every ten minutes to rotate players without impacting on the performance was possibly the highlight. Our front two were in great form, getting better and better as the game went on. The rest of the team looked very solid. Captain Lizzie had another great game, Tildy worked hard and linked up play nicely, Jorja was excellent as a centre back! So all good. Captain Lizzy then organised a “Jurgen Klopp” style celebration of the team running in a line holding hands towards the Dellwood faithful and then diving “Penguin style” at the end. This video is on our face-book page thanks to Chris Bally’s sharp camera work !

The usual thanks to all the excellent parents for their support, although it was noted there was no Pat Stockely? First time ever Pat?  The u11’s were testing their new pop-up gazebo at their game and this is what  the u12’s shall be getting soon, hopefully in time for the wet weather we know is coming! Thank you again to Jimmy for not only reffing the match well but for tying up at least 6 pairs of laces, including his own daughters!

Please note that training is now 6.30 every week, indoors at the sports hall at Orwell School, Maidstone Road.

Next week we make the short trip to play Coplestone at the High school, our first ever match against them and an unknown quantity. But we have played 3, won 3 and are presently top of the league and with Erika back next week we should fear no-one. Details of meet times etc will go out to parents in due course.

Have a good week 



Stowupland Falcons - Away

Sunday 1st October 2017


We made the fairly short trek up the A14 to play Stowupland in the Cup and despite the ominous weather forecast, were greeted only by the odd shower and a damp but very playable pitch. 

We had a full squad to choose from and took the opportunity to play 8v8 as our hosts had 5 subs!

We started off quickly and soon took the game to our yellow shirted opponents, missing a few good chances to settle us down. The play was pretty much one way traffic and it seems unless we score, we stop doing the things we are good at. With Jorja a virtual spectator in goal, we took the lead in a slightly fortuitous way by scoring directly from a corner by Amy. We again had other chances to score but a combination of not hitting the target ( as per the warm up!) and good / brave goalkeeping from the Stowupland player kept the score at 1-0. Erika, who once again was causing problems for the home defense with her direct and powerful running, got her rewards for following up a shot to put the rebound away. The half came with us somehow only being 2 nil up, Jorja hardly had a save to make of note.

The half time talk was once again about doing the basics and other goals would come.

The 2nd half pretty much followed the first and we had chances to increase our lead. Credit to Stowupland who never gave up and made a game of it, they had a couple of chances hitting the post and forcing Jorja into a clever save. Final score 4-0 to the seasiders ( Seasidettes?) our scorers were Erika (2) Amy and a belter from Taila

Overall a solid performance although we do lack urgency at times, waiting for things to happen rather rather make them happen. If this team can get "on the front foot" they can go a long way. So in the hat for the next round and possibly on our travels again.

Once again lots of solid performances, our front three worked very hard as usual and caused mayhem with their pace. Special praise for Tildy who played well in three different positions, Nicole who is growling with confidence with each game and especially for Lizzie who had a very good game.

Thanks to our wonderful traveling fans who seem to have a good time regardless, the wit from the sideline is excellent if a bit weird at times !

Next week we are back to league action with a home game v IVR whites. Kick off is 1015 at Dellwood, details of meet times etc will be sent out during the week.

TRAINING. Training starts next week, with our slot being on a Thursday, again the details will be sent to all u12 players

Have a good week



Ipswich Valley Rangers (Blue) - Home

Sunday 24th September 2017

League Cup

A glorious morning and a pitch in fantastic condition awaited both teams at Dellwood... as we entertained our old rivals in a cup game for the first time.

We had everyone available and Amy was captain after her excellent performance last week. The game started at a furious pace with Felixstowe playing a new shape for the very first time and considering we had not even had a chance to practice it at all (it was introduced in the warm up) they settled down into it very quickly.

The first twenty minutes were very even with both teams creating a couple of half chances but it clearly was going to be a tight game. The new system was working and IVR were not testing Jorja very much. Erika was ploughing a lone farrow up front but she was creating problems for the IVR defence with her direct running.

Out of the blue, Felixstowe conceded a goal due to our Achilles Heal of not making vital tackles in and around our own penalty box, It was hugely disappointing when we did exactly the same again 10 minutes later to go 2-0 down. Given the effort everyone had put it, they were both very cheap goals to concede.

Half-time came and the girls knew that they had given themselves a hill to climb just by ignoring the basics yet again.

We went out 2nd half sticking with our new shape and a new determination to make amends which seemed to be paying off. We had a period of playing more up in the IVR half but but once again we "switched off" by allowing an IVR player to ride 3 weak tackles to get into our box and score. The score was 0-3. Poor Jorja did not have a chance with any of the goals.

With the game lost we did, to our credit pull one back. Erika (who had an outstanding game) hit a screamer after a great run to see the game finish 3-1 to IVR and we went out of the Cup in the first round.

Marking and tackling are a huge part of the game which we just seem to ignore at times. The team has talent, real pace up front and we can pass the ball well at times but it does seem that we are unable to learn from our mistakes. There was very little between the teams talent wise but the difference was the desire to win. They simply wanted it more then we did and we do seem to have a mental block when it comes to IVR.

There were a number of good performances but the "Player of the week" was Erika by a mile (sorry parents but I have made that decision this week) She worked her socks off the whole game, created chances out of nothing (often when surrounded by two or more players) and scored a fantastic goal which she fully deserved. Her determination was an example to everyone.

Thank you again to all the parents and supporters, you were fantastic today and the roar that greeted Erikas goal must have been heard miles away! Thanks to Pat for warming Jorja up and to Jimmy for reffing the game really well (they are getting faster arn't they Jim?)

Cup action again next week when we play in the Suffolk County Cup away to Stowupland. This competition includes other teams from across Suffolk and we play them home and away. The team at the top of that league then goes through to a County final. So there will be some new teams to pit our wits against which will be good. The net effect is that is has changed our fixture list considerably as these cup games take preference over any league games so those will be re-arranged. It does not change the fact we have games nearly every week, just where they are.

Keep an eye on this Facebook page each week for details.


Stowupland - Home

Sunday 17th September 2017

Suffolk Girls and Womens Football League

On what was a beautiful day at Dellwood Avenue, the u12's welcomed Stowupland hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. The pitch was in fantastic condition, Chris was in the clubhouse so all the parents could get a cuppa or a bacon roll if needed!

Roger had advised that he was likely to be there just before kickoff so Pat took over warming up Jorja in goal. A job he is likely to lose as she took unwell and had to miss the first half! 

So the team had an unusual look to it and thank you to Lizzie and Talia who did 15 minutes each in goal. We had a new player join us in Nicole so we had some cover. Erika was voted "player of the week" last week so was captain this week. 

We started ok but got frustrated when we missed great opportunities to score and as the half progressed we lost our shape a little and forget some of the basics ( marking, taking a touch when we could) 

At half time I sensed the girls were keen to put it right and it was only a question of doing what we are good at and with Jorja feeling better and going into goal, we lined up as normal. 

As soon as the first goal went in, we relaxed and started to dominate the game. Goals came from Erika (2) Amy and Taila. Final score 4-0

The only difference between the 2 halves was a better attitude towards the basics which the girls know are required in every game.

Played 2, won 2, goals for 9, goals conceded nil.

This weeks "Player of the week" was Amy who will be captain next week.

Big thanks to Jimmy for being ref and all the parents for their support and help on match days.

Next weekend we have the 4v4 tournament at Thurston on the Saturday morning ( details already on a previous post but I will post again in the week) we have one team entered as one or two are not about. 

On the Sunday we are at home to IVR (Blue) in the cup. Kick off 10.15. This season they have split into two teams, blue and white, so it promises to be a good match.

For next Sunday's match can the players please be at Dellwood for 0940

Have a good week



Capel St Mary - Away

Sunday 10th September 2017

Suffolk Girls and Womens Football League

Our first game of the season saw us travel to Capel St Mary FC who were basically the East Bergholt team from previous years but recent events has seen them move the short distance over the A12.

We arrived with no subs so the team picked itself but there was a large, grassy pitch which suited our counter attacking style. Jorja was our captain for the day with the girls voting to stick with lasts seasons method of the " player of the week" being the captain the following match. Supported by our usual excellent parental following, the girls got off to a good start and the first half was totally dominated by Felixstowe.

I had set the girls 3 key targets to achieve and at half time I was very happy with the performance. Somehow, the half finished with no score and Jorja was a virtual spectator. We could have been 4 or 5 goals up and it was only a matter of time before one came along.

The girls just needed patience, to keep doing what they were doing and it would come. There was a change at half time with Amy and Talia switching wings and this made a difference with us scoring quite early on but only after Jorja made a vital (and very brave) save in what was a very rare Capel attack. The goal settled the girls down and our front 3 started to work closer as a unit and tore the Capel defence apart with a further four goals arriving and it could have been more.

Scorers were Amy 1, Erika and Talia with 2 each. Final score 0-5.

There was much to be pleased about, maybe in the first half they were a little "rusty" but soon got going and the attitude from everyone was spot on!

Our shape and marking without the ball was very good, we tried to pass or move into open spaces when we could and our attacking play was supported by tireless work from Tildy in the middle plus Lily and Lyla both defending very well. All in all a great team performance and reflected by the parents posting a variety of names for "player of the match" but in the end it was Erika who got the nod. It honestly could have been any of them.

Well done girls. Next week we are home to Stowupland at The Goldstar and details of that will be posted during the week so please keep an eye out.

No training until after October half term so see you all on Sunday the 17th where we hope to have at least one if not two players back to add some competition for places.