Folkestone Mixed U10 Tournament - Sunday 4th February, 2018
Sutton Valence U10 travelled to Folkestone on the 4th February for their annual Tournament against Cliftonville, Folkestone and Maidstone.
Sutton Valence 1 : 1 Cliftonville
Valence's opening game was against Cliftonville and with both teams in red it was going to be difficult. Valence were the stronger team in the first half and scored through Emilia Gronow. Second half, Cliftonville now sporting yellow bibs, put Valence under a lot of pressure and good defending from Imogen Johnson and Josie Parker managed to only concede one goal drawing the match one all.
Sutton Valence 0 : 1 Folkestone Flames
Valence's second game was against Folkestone Flames who were a much older team. Folkestone dominated much of the game but good running from Edward Chantler created a number of chances. Again, Valence defended well and Niamh Ainsworth had a number of goal line clearances. Folkestone overall pressure managed to break Valence's defensive line to score the decisive goal and winning the game one nil.
Sutton Valence 0 : 2 Folkestone Foxes
Valence's third game was against Folkestone Foxes. Although a much more even game, Folkestone managed to score twice to win the match but Valence caused a number of Folkestone goal line clearances and should have got at least a point from this game. It could well have been the snow falling that slowed down their reaction times.
Sutton Valence 1 : 2 Maidstone
Valence's final match was against Maidstone. With the snow clearing Valence started the match brightly and were unlucky not to score as Flora Hay came close to breaking the deadlock, but pulled her effort wide. With Valence pressurising the Maidstone goal and maybe over committing, Maidstone managed to score the opening goal. In the second half Maidstone had a number of good opportunities but only to find Thomas Green, Matilda Lee and Callum Kitchen who broke down their attacks. Valence again were found short in defence pushing forward to find the equalising goal and Maidstone counter attack resulted in their second and final goal. Valence refused to give up and managed to score a goal. The last remaining minutes Valence pushed forward chasing an equalising goal, but after a number of good opportunities were missed they failed to equalise and lost the game two one, although rather unlucky not to at least get a draw.
Valence worked hard in all four matches and were very unlucky not to win a game and only losing by the odd goal. Valence’s next match will be away at Bromley & Beckenham .
Team: Callum Kitchen, Edward Chantler, Emilia Gronow, Flora Hay, Josie Parker, Niamh Ainsworth, Matilda Lee, Thomas Green, Imogen Johnson.
Updated 12:09 - 13 Feb 2018 by Paul Linaker