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Free Heart Screening 

Following the success of the Free Heart Screening event in September 2012 in which over 120 young people underwent screening Derbyshire County FA have worked in partnership with CRY and the family of Reece Jeffery to organise another FREE Heart Screening event which will take place on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Landau Forte College. The family of Reece Jeffrey would like as many young people aged 14-35 years involved in football in Derbyshire to undertake the opportunity to be screened.

If you are aged 14-35 years and involved in football and would like the opportunity to undertake the fantastic opportunity to have your heart screened then click on the following link and reserve your place   

http://www.testmyheart.org/Screening.aspx   (DERBY event)


Futsal Recognition for Vicky 

Congratulations to our very own Vicky Wilsoncroft, representing Derby County, named in the Football League Trust's South West Ladies Futsal Team of the Month for December 



So Near and Yet So Far for u18 Girls

DGLL Challenge Cup Quarter Final v Alfreton (a) 11/1/13 

After a break of almost a month it was a depleted squad that made the short trip to Alfreton for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final today. Long term injuries to Chelsie and Alice and illness keeping Jordele out, meant an experimental line up; with no recognised strikers available Carly and Hannah were drafted in to lead the attack.

By contrast Alfreton had a full squad but despite this we made a very good start, keeping possession and building up patiently. We were tending to overhit through balls for our stand-in strikers but it was us making the early running.

So it was against run of play when Alfreton took the lead. We responded and put Alfreton under sustained pressure for a while and they could not clear the ball as we forced a series of corners, resulting in scrambles in the area but we just could not find that final touch.

The girls didn't panic and kept on going, and had the ball in the net twice, only for Jess and Carly's strikes to be disallowed for offside - one was clear, the other much less so - before Jess put us on level terms. Half Time 1-1

The second half continued in similar fashion to the first, with us making the running but having to be alert to the twin threat of Alfreton’s fast strikers on the break. As you might expect of a team second in the league, Alfreton had their moments too and enjoyed a spell of good possession and pressure but we withstood it well, limiting their opportunities, and when they did get a clear sight of goal Vicky was up to the task.

We continued to create chances; Emily saw a strike from the edge of the area just clear the crossbar, and BethJ had a couple of efforts just the wrong side of the post. With twenty minutes to go Carly put us ahead. It was a reward for Carly who had done well in an unfamiliar role up front. Unfortunately I didn't see the goal as our run of bad luck with injuries had struck again just beforehand when Jess turned her ankle and had to go off - forcing another reshuffle.

Our lead only lasted six minutes, however, as Alfreton drew level – another goal I didn’t see as I was still tending to Jess’ injury.

We mounted a concerted effort to break the deadlock, and with 10 minutes to go Carly played the ball in from the right, Hannah with her back to goal flicked the ball up with her right foot, swivelled and hit it with her left – it was a quality strike and we all thought it was going in only for the ball to strike the cross bar and go behind with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Despite all our good play and chances, the game was finely balanced and with four minutes of normal time left, Alfreton broke away and scored their third, which had a touch of good fortune about it - but they all count.

We mounted one last big effort to force a replay, and with the clock running down Carly hit a shot through a crowded penalty area, the goalkeeper parried the ball to her right and Hannah following in at full stretch instinctively stuck out her left foot as the ball went across her - but the ball agonisingly went a few inches the wrong side of the post. There was just time for a corner for which we sent everyone up, but it wasn’t to be and it is Alfreton who progress to the semi-final.

It was a disappointing result but there was nothing disappointing about the performance. All of the girls worked tremendously hard, and despite the enforced reshuffles the quality of play was good. It was a terrific effort by the girls, who deserved more out of the game, especially considering the players we were missing.  Well done, girls.

Result: Alfreton 3-2 Pride Park

Scorers: Jess, Carly


u18s Extend Lead at Top

Derby City League u18: Allestree Juniors Colts vs Pride Park Juniors (11/1/13)

Having not played for six weeks, a new goal keeper as Tommy Byrd served the first game of his three match ban and very heavy pitch conditions could have impacted Pride Park Juniors approach to this match, but using the free Saturday mornings to train on grass through the break paid dividends.

Pride Park attacked from the start and within five minutes were ahead when a corner from Josh Matkin was headed on by George Soszynski for a simple tap in at the far post by Rhoadri Meads, Allestree could not get near the ball and on ten minutes gave away a free kick twenty five yards out, which Aaron Hayer looped
superbly into the top corner.

Five minutes later Pride Park were given the chance to extend their lead when George Soszynski was brought down in the box, Aaron Hayer stepped up and smashed the ball ten yards high and wide of the goal. The lads did not let this distract them and were three nil up soon after with a fine finish from Josh Matkin. With twenty minutes gone the game was all but won and several more chances were squandered before half time.
Half time Alletsree Juniors Colts 0-3 Pride Park Juniors.

Expecting a reaction from Allestree at the start of the second half, Pride Park again went on the offensive and were four to the good within two minutes of the restart. The second half was very much a repeat of the first with a handful of missed opportunities with no real Allestree pressure. The only real incident was one of the Allestree players getting a red card for swinging an arm at Aaron Hayer which also saw Aaron pick up a yellow card.

Overall a great performance in very tricky conditions where the extra fitness through Christmas training made a massive difference, a good debut for Arran Cooper-Moxam in goal, although he wasn't really tested he dealt with everything calmly and distributed the ball well. As we were the only team to play today our lead at the top was extended to seven points.

Result: Allestree Juniors Colts 0-4 Pride Park Juniors



Season's Best from the u18 Girls

We were at home for yesterday’s game against Clay Cross, title favourites and unbeaten coming into the game. The games between us have tended to be very close affairs, the away fixture being typical when we lost out by the odd goal. 

The first quarter of an hour was very even with chances proving few and far between, but we had made the slightly better start.  Just after twenty minutes Emily threaded a ball through for Jordele, who worked her way around on the edge of area before playing a reverse cutback to slip the ball inside the post for the lead.

Clay Cross responded and in the next ten minutes they worked three shots on goal, each one collected without fuss by Vicky. She was also beaten twice, but on each occasion the ball came back into play off the frame of the goal.

On the half hour Hannah was played in, the keeper came out to dive at her feet, but Hannah just beat her to it - at the same time a defender came in from the side, the ball squirmed beyond the keeper, and as Hannah tried to stride past her she was brought down by the combination of the keeper on the floor and defender dragging her down. It was, by any measure, a clear penalty, but the referee seemed to be the only person that didn't think so - much to the astonishment of the players and supporters of both teams.

It was an extremely close contest, with very few chances, and whilst we were good value for our lead, at 1-0 this could prove to be a decisive moment – but it remained 1-0 at half time.

The second half started in much the same vein, with us making most of the running. As the hour came up Tash played Jordele in and she stroked home her second to extend our lead.

By now the game was much more open and there was noticeably more space, especially in the middle, where Tash was in commanding form. We were playing with real assurance, building from the back, switching play with some terrific passes, and were definitely in the driving seat, so when Clay Cross pulled one back with a little over 10 minutes to go from a lobbed shot from outside the area that Vicky could do nothing about (and it takes something special to beat her in her current form) it was against the run of play.

In these circumstances we might have wobbled and lost our nerve earlier in the season, but whilst Clay Cross did get some extra zest from the goal there was no sign of panic, just a sense of determination. This was exemplified by BethJ with 2 minutes left, when she collected the ball just inside her own half, ran on and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner from about 30yards. It was just reward for an inspirational display at the back by the skipper.

Jordele had tormented Clay Cross’ defenders all game with her energy and pace, and put the icing on the cake right on time when she went on a run of her own, before dinking the ball beyond the keeper and into the net for her hat trick to complete an emphatic win.

Whilst the last two goals came in the final minutes of the game, and added a gloss to the score-line, it was no more than the girls deserved and did not flatter at all, acknowledged by a magnanimous opposition.

Every single one of the girls played at the top of her game yesterday, and displayed terrific commitment and determination, to add to the quality of their play.

We have now played 10 games in the league, winning the last 5 in a row, with only two against Buxton remaining - in the first 5 league fixtures we scored 26 and conceded 21 goals. Contrast this with a record of 34 scored and only 5 goals conceded in the last 5 games, including those against the top two from last season, and it's not difficult to see how much we have improved and why we are currently the form team. Well done girls.