Narrow loss for England U18 Girls in Five Nations

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Germany U18 Girls 3 (1)
Sina Eckhardt - 30 (FG)
Marleen Muller - 39 (FG)
Maxi Marquardt - 53 (FG)

England U18 Girls 2 (0)
Erica Sanders 52 (FG)
Ellie Rayer (54 (FG)

England Under-18 Girls battled well against rivals Germany, but went down 3-2 in their latest Five Nations clash at Beeston on Wednesday afternoon.

Goals came from Beeston’s Erica Sanders and Maidenhead’s Ellie Rayer, but it wasn’t enough to take victory.

“The girls responded well after struggling in the first half and giving easy ball away,” said Head Coach Andy Bradshaw. “But in the second half we showed good character, turned the ball over in midfield well and created good chances.

“We put the Germans under pressure and gave ourselves the chance of nicking the win, which was pleasing. Overall the Germans deserved the win but, for us, being able to adapt and compete against them is an important part of our learning curve.”

After a close first half, Germany scored just either side of half time to lead 2-0, but England hit back through Erica Sanders after good build up play down the left.

The very next minute Germany restored their lead to 3-1, but England continued to battle well with good pressure, and Ellie Rayer scored with a deflection a minute later, following good penetration down the right and an early ball in from Alicia Caillard.

But Germany held out for the win despite continued England pressure.

The England Under-18 Girls have a rest day on Thursday, and are next in action on Friday against Holland at 2pm.

Germany U16 Girls 4 (1)
Paula Enzelberger 6 (FG)
Naomi Heyn 43 56 (FG, FG)
Solvej Althos 50 (FG)

England U16 Girls 0 (0)

England Under-16 Girls competed well against their German rivals at the Five Nations Tournament at Beeston, but lost out 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

They conceded just one goal in the first half after having enjoyed a lot of possession, but lost their shape towards the end of the second half.

“The girls competed really well,” said Head Coach Marc Bourhill. “We conceded an early goal but we won a lot of ball and created some good chances. The second German goal came against the run of play, and towards the end we lost our shape a bit, but overall we’re positive about how we played.”

Paula Enzelberger opened the German’s account from open play after six minutes, and eight minutes after the second half started Naomi Heyn doubled their lead, again from open play.

Solvej Althos added a third German goal on 50 minutes, before Heyn bagged her second on 56 minutes to complete the scoring.

After a rest day on Thursday, the England Under-16 Girls and are next in action on Friday against Holland at 12noon.