Our fantastic girls team suffered their first defeat of the season in a high-quality County Cup tie against St Edmund Campion of West Bridgford.

This is always a tough competition, with only the strongest schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire entering. Sometimes you come up against one of the ‘best of the best’ in the early rounds and this happened yesterday.

Playing in our stylish new kits, we stormed into an early two-nil lead with brilliantly worked goals from Sofia and Amy. We continued to play great football and went close several more times, but Campion clawed their way back into it and took the lead 3-2 just before half-time.

As we pressed for an equaliser, Campion’s speedy forwards were able to break and extend their lead and this continued as we pured everyone forweard to try to get into the match. Eventually, Campion ran out 7-2 winners, deserved but a harsh scoreline. On the day, they just kept their formation a bit better and were perhaps a bit sharper than us.

The girls should still feel very proud of themselves and they represented our school brilliantly. They are good winners (usually) and today they were sporting losers. As ever, there were some fantastic individual performances and some momentys of quite fabulous team play. The oppositon manager and supoprters were very quick to give the girls a lot of praise. It really had been a superb match.

Lottie had a superb game in goal and could do nothing about any that went in. Amelia and Georgia defended strongly and really got ‘stuck in’. Amy scored a terrific goal and covered a huge amount of the pitch from midfield. Danayah’s skills and strength were such a threat that Campion resorted to marking her with two players – some of her passing was sublime. Evie-Grace used her speed up and down the left wing to great effect and was always involved. Sofia scored a tremendous goal and showed some fantastic skills and turns. Jessica made her debut and contributed well with some strong takling and good passing against players older and much, much bigger than her.

As they say, “we go again” with a chance to get back to winning ways with a Gedling PSFA League match at home to Carlton Central on Thursday.