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Under 11's Black Socks Overcome Nerves in Excellent Performance

Derby County Ladies Under 11's Black Socks Manager Matt Wheatcroft was delighted with his side's first league match of the season against Belper Sports

A nervy start by the team, many of who were playing their first match for the club, was soon forgot about as the team got into their stride and produced a fine performance.

The first two minutes of the match saw Belper Sports start strongest and take the game to the Black Socks, with goalkeeper Abby having to thwart a number of dangerous attacks, but unable to keep out a couple of chances.

With Belper only able to field 6 players, the Black Socks matched their numbers enabling Coach Wheatcroft to have two separate teams to play across the game.

The first group of players began to find their passing rhythm with Emma linking up well with Amelia and Lia, who were all able to get some excellent shots off only to be thwarted by an inspired Belper goalkeeper.

At the back Olivia and Faith were mopping up any Belper attacks but unfortunately Olivia's troublesome knee injury returned and she had to leave the field.

Changes were made to the side with rolling substitutes ,with Erin and Charlotte coming on, as well as Imogen and Ayla and their was excellent link-up play as goals started to flow, despite more good goalkeeping by the Belper Sports youngster.

Both Amelia and Erin were now in their stride and causing problems and twins Imogen and Ayla were linking well with each other on the wing and enabling opportunities for both themselves and their teammates.

With Olivia's injury meaning her game ended prematurely, Assistant Coach Chanelle suggested to Coach Wheatcroft that he should drop Amelia into the defence and it proved to be an inspired decision with any attacks thwarted by her and her fellow defenders across the back in Faith and Erin.

Emma continued to cause problems with her surging runs bringing chances for Lia and Charlotte, and Imogen was handing opportunities for her sister Ayla , knowing where she would be at the right time.

Goals continued to flow for the Black Socks and though largely a spectator for the majority of the game, Abby kept her focus to thwart a late chance for Belper as the team began with a brilliant performance.

Coach Matt Wheatcroft said "It was a nervy start but one that saw us recover quickly and show our character and not drop our heads. I was confident that once we found our rhythm we would put in a performance and it was great to see that they grew stronger as the game went on.

"We worked hard to win the ball back when not join possession and when we did have the ball, we went forward with confidence and if it wasn't for a great display by their goalkeeper we could have scored more goals.

"It was great having Chanelle coach on the side with me and no doubt she will be itching to get back on the pitch herself soon. We hope Leah gets better soon and is able to return to the team next week after sickness ruled her out and hopefully Olivia's knee injury will get better with some rest.

"Thanks to all the parents that helped with the set-up and cheering us on from the sidelines, I can't wait for next week and looking forward to a good week at training too."

Goalscorers - Charlotte x3, Ayla x4, Erin, Lia, Amelia x2