Lichfield Diamonds round-up

Kidderminster Town 1 Lichfield Diamonds 1
With players arriving late it was not an ideal start, but Diamonds weathered the early storm and as more players got into the game the City side began to pressure the Kidderminster Town defence.

Emma Dagley looked to have given Diamonds the lead when she headed Karen Cloughs corner goal wards only to see it cleared off the line.

At the other end keeper Jo Sheerin pulled off a tremendous save to keep out a goal-bound header from her own player and minutes later pushed a well struck shot onto the bar and over.

A defence-splitting pass from Ammo Reddish put Clough through on goal to round the keeper only to see her shot again cleared off the line.

The second half saw Kiddy take the lead from a well placed header but the advantage was short lived as Clough pounced on a defensive mistake to go through on the goal again, this time lifting the ball over the keeper and in.

With minutes ticking away Diamonds thought they had taken the points when Sarah Sampson caught the keeper off her line with a long range shot that had her scrambling backwards to keep the ball out of the net.

Lichfield Diamonds U13 11 Duffield Dynamo U13 0
Once Caitlin Harper had opened the scoring against bottom of the table Dynamo it was only a matter of how many.

Harper added four more with Freya Sammons and Jose Balla netting a brace. Georgia Bradley and Lucy Whieldon were the other scorers.

Diamonds now only need four more points from their last four games to become league champions.

Lichfield Diamonds U12 5 Uttoxeter U12 0
To use an old cliché this was a game of two halves. The first was a bit of a shocker with Diamonds seemingly unable to put more than two passes together and struggling against the wind.

Chances were few and far between but Meehan popped up just before half time with a sweet finish to give her side 1-0 lead at the break.

The team talk seemed to galvanise the girls and they came out looking a different side playing some good football and looking dangerous every time they pressed forward.

Two goals from Twine followed by another from Meehan put the team in total control. Twine completed her hat-trick with some good pressure on the keeper.

Unluckiest players of the day were Gardner and Edwards who both rattled the bar.

Chellaston Reds U11 1 Lichfield Diamonds U11 5
Another disjointed first half with little passing and teamwork again saw Diamonds go behind after a goalmouth scramble that should have been cleared to trail 1 – 0 at the change.

However, whatever was said at half time had the desired effect as within a minute Katie Hitchcock was put through by Bowdler only to slide her shot just wide.

Fortunately it was a short reprieve for Chellaston with Adena Edwards coming in at the back post to equalise from a Katie Clarke corner.

A rare headed goal from Hitchcock put Diamonds in front, which soon became a hat-trick as Diamonds tore into the Winshill defence. A left-footed shot from Clarke sealed a good win.

Lichfield Diamonds U10 5 Stafford Town U10 0
The first round of the Cup found Diamonds in good form, working as a team with good movement and passing.

Elizabeth Palmer put them in front after a determined run to hold off a defender and a good left foot finish.

The lead soon doubled, Niamh Bowdlers cross-shot was fumbled by the keeper and Palmer reacted quickest to the loose ball to bundle it into the net.

Goal of the game came from captain Charlotte Jarvis who broke free down the right and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Diamonds found it difficult in the second half to break down a red wall of defenders, but Alex Buck did score her first goal of the season and Palmer completed her hat-trick.

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