England U18 Girls in Lilleshall

U18 Girls 2014

England's U18 Girls travelled to Lilleshall between 27-29 June for a training camp and series of matches against the visiting side Scotland, in preparation for a test series against Belgium next weekend.

Match 1

England 3 (1)
Emily Kilner 3 (FG)
Georgina Bathurst 36 (FG)
Megan Crowson 65 (FG)

Scotland 0 (0)

England's U18 Girls proved to be the dominant side in their first match of the series, a trend which continued over the course of the weekend. England were straight on the attack from the start, with Emily Kilner finding space just three minutes in to fire the ball past the Scottish keeper, but this was the only goal of the first half. England frequently found themselves in Scotland's circle, but the Scottish defence proved enough to keep England at bay for the rest of the half and the score stayed at 1-0 to England going into the break.

In a display reminiscent of the first half England once again found a chance early on, though this time it was Georgina Bathurst who got herself added to the scoresheet. England pressed for more while Scotland did everything they could to hold them back, and it took nearly the entire rest of the half to add one last goal to the tally courtesy of Megan Crowson. The last five minutes were a scramble as Scotland tried to pull something back, but the final whistle went with the score sitting at 3-0 to England.

England U18 Girls' Head Coach Andy Bradshaw said after the game: "I was pleased with the win, but we'll be looking to improve on our finishing in tomorrow's game."

Match 2

England 2 (1)
Megan Crowson 4 (PC)
Erica Sanders 46 (PS)

Scotland 0 (0)

England's U18s continued their good form in the second match of the series, with another quick goal starting them off with no reply from Scotland. A penalty corner was won by England after just four minutes of play, and Crowson was able to put it away past the Scotland's keeper to send England 1-0 up. However, the rest of the half was goalless - while England kept the majority of possession, Scotland were continually able to win the ball away in order to make their own chances though they were unable to convert and stayed a goal down going into the break.

It took ten minutes of the second half for England to increase their lead, as Erica Sanders was awarded a penalty stroke which she calmly slotted home out of reach of Scotland's keeper. For the rest of the half Scotland fought to save themselves from another loss, but the ball barely worried England's circle and the time ran out with the score 2-0 to England.

England U18 Girls' Head Coach Andy Bradshaw: "We pressed much better this time around and again had a lot of possession throughout the game, but we still have to be more clinical in front of goal."

Match 3

England 2 (1)
Erica Sanders 8 (PC)
Megan Crowson 38 (FG)

Scotland 0 (0)

In the last match of the series England maintained their clean sheet and Crowson and Sanders showed themselves as the pair to be feared as they added another two goals to their total. In a reversal from the last game Sanders scored first from a penalty corner in the first half, with a return to open-play form for Crowson in the beginning of the second half. Scotland could make no reply and the final match ran out 2-0 to England.

England U18 Girls' Head Coach Andy Bradshaw said after the final game: "This weekend's three game test series has provided us with the opportunity to try out new things in readiness for our  test series against Belgium starting on Saturday 5 July in Antwerp. I'm pleased with the progress the girls have made, and we all look forward to the challenges we'll face in Antwerp."