U16s vs Sheffield 22.10.17
The U16s have had a rocky few season of late and despite vast improvements, last year, have struggled to get results against a very strong Sheffield side. They started the new campaign with an away trip to that very team and were determined to get off to a good start.
The Diamonds opened the scoring at 7.16 as stand-in captain Dannie Newlove scored, assisted Lydia Lutwyche and Sophie Campbell. Scoring twice more in the next two minutes, the Diamonds opened the game up to 0-3, Abi McCourt with an unassisted tally at 8.45 and Sophie Campbell with her first goal of the game at 9.08 assisted Newlove. The Diamonds kept the pressure up and Dannie Newlove got her second at 13.43, this time assisted by Campbell and Martha Brown. Another couple of goals in the next few minutes saw the Hull girls lead 0-6 at the end of the first period; Ishbel Wright scoring her first at 14.20, and Abi McCourt with her second at 14.41.
Into the second period and Ishbel Wright made it 0-7 at 16.11 before Sophie Campbell scored her second goal just 21 seconds later. Abi McCourt finished her hat-trick at 18.27 as Sheffield struggled to create any offense. Sophie Campbell made it 0-10 at 19.37 as she grabbed a hat-trick too, ably assisted by Martha Brown. Lydia Lutwyche scored her first goal as a Diamond at 24.03 before Sheffield got on the board at 25.35 as their Captain, Grace Garbett scored.
Into the final period and the Diamonds showed no signs of easing up, as Martha Brown scored her first of the game at 34.36, before scoring her second goal, shorthanded at 37.25.
A thoroughly dominant, and perhaps slightly unexpected, performance by the U16s rocket launches them to the top of the table, as they look set to bring home some silverware this season.
They will certainly be looking to keep up this form throughout the season, and potentially strengthen their performances even more with the return of their captain, Kiana Tait, who missed out on this game through injury.
Next up for the U16s is an away trip to league newcomers, Nottingham, on the 12th November.