NAGS U21 matches against Scotland

Friday 25 June 2010

SCOTLAND U21 WOMEN 0 (0) v 0 (0) ENGLAND U21 WOMEN

HONOURS were even in the first of England Under-21 Women’s matches against Scotland, with Friday’s clash at Peffermill Playing Fields in Edinburgh ending goalless.

England enjoyed the better of the match and created several good chances from most areas of the pitch, but they couldn’t convert those chances into goals as the Scottish defence - coupled with some stray shooting - ensured no goals would be scored.

It was the first time the Under-21 have been together since their two-match trip to France, where they notched up 7-1 and 6-0 victories in Lille. But Scotland proved a much stiffer test.

“We only arrived yesterday and trained once last night before the game, so it was much more about the team’s performance than the result,” said Team Manager Naomi Jones.

“You could tell that we haven’t played much hockey together recently, but there were signs of good structure, and we created a lot of chances, but just didn’t take them.

“But overall we’re not disappointed as the team dug in and played well, and we
look forward to the next match tomorrow, where hopefully we can score some
goals.”

Saturday 26 June 2010

SCOTLAND U21 WOMEN 0 (0) v 1 (1) ENGLAND U21 WOMEN  Jess Wood - F (19)

A solitary first half goal from Belper midfield ace Jess Wood was enough for
England Under-21s to beat hosts Scotland 1-0 in the second of their test matches in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Wood’s 19th minute strike gave England their first victory after a goalless draw in the first clash of the weekend at Peffermill Playing Fields on Friday night.
A powerful run from Lauren Turner forced Scotland into a stick tackle which gave England a short corner, and Wood made no mistake with her powerful shot to the left of the stranded Scottish keeper.

“It’s good to get a win, but to be fair we were in control of the game, and our keeper was rarely troubled,” said assistant coach Andy Bradshaw.

“We created plenty of chances but didn’t convert a lot of them. There were a
couple of decisions we thought we maybe could’ve had penalty flicks from, but
didn’t.

“The intensity was raised on the previous match, and we created some better
scoring opportunities, but there’s still work to be done to improve our conversion rate.”

Wood’s goal came after she scored three in the Under-21s two victories over
France earlier this year, and Bradshaw added: “Jess is a real threat at corners, so although she’s a midfielder she’s always going to be a goal scorer for us.
“But we’re disappointed not to have scored more, and there are elements of our play we can work on before our next matches.”

ENGLAND U21 WOMEN SQUAD v SCOTLAND U21 WOMEN

NAME  CLUB MATCH 1  MATCH 2 Sophie Bray  University of Birmingham  Start  Sub Jenny Hall  Canterbury Start  DNP Sarah Haycroft  University of Birmingham  Start Start Dilly Newton  Clifton  Start  Start Susie Townsend  Gantoise Start Sub Lauren Turner  Leicester  Sub  Start Jenna Woolven  University of Birmingham  DNP  Start Hollie Webb  Cannock  Start  Start Jess Wood  Belper  Start  Sub Rebecca Halle  Old Loughtonians  Sub  Start Jo Hunter  Beeston  Start  Sub Harriet Pearce  Clifton  Start Start Amy Turnbull  Loughborough Students  Sub Start Laura Bridge  Loughborough Students  Sub  Start Emily Atkinson  University of Birmingham Sub Start Takara Haines  Trojans  Start  Sub Becky Batsford (GK) Sutton Colfield Start  DNP Sabbie Heesh (GK) Belper DNP  Start