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Under 11 Black Socks Tackle Tough Conditions

Derby County Ladies Under 11 Back Socks faced an improving Belper side at Cavandish Fields in Matlock and left Coach Matt Wheatcroft delighted with their performance after a slow start.

Belper have constantly displayed confident performances and an improving side and it was a tough start for the girls who were having to deal with tough conditions on a pitch that at best can be described as boggy and at worse, not fit for a match.

However, after a number of matches called off due to the weather, another game under the belt trumped any doubt surrounding the match.

There was absences and Illness in the camp however with Ayla unable to continue beyond the first minute after a tough few days under the weather, meaning that a bare 7 had to play the majority of the match, which has been rare this season.

The Black Socks found their feet however and began to assert themselves on the match scoring some excellent goals, some nice passing movement down the flanks, whilst defending well after an early setback.

Coach Wheatcroft said "Belper are the fastest improving side in the league and they started well and it showed that our players were a bit rusty after training had been postponed.

"However they recovered quickly and got into their stride and produced some good goals and I was pleased with their movement down the wings in particular after playing out from the back.

"The girls often play 10 minutes on, and ten minutes off with our squad size but due to illness and absence, their was a bare seven and they were outstanding considering they had rarely played for the length they did.

"That extra time meant they were having to dig deep on their conditioning and playing on a surface like that, only deepens that conditioning so a really big well done to them all.

"I don't like to single players out but it was a defining performance from little Lia in particular and she has set herself a standard now that I hope to see all the time because she was outstanding and a constant threat."