PENDLE Forest’s Under 15s (pictured) played their last game of the season on Sunday against league favourites Lancaster, who needed to win by an 11-goal margin.
Forest were outstanding in their attitude, as they have been all season, and although they havent won a game, having drawn two and lost three, they have kept their heads up and kept smiling as they have grown as a group of players, playing girls one and two years older than themselves.
Sunday’s aim was to keep the result to less than the margin Lancaster required, and that is what they did!
Pendle Forest thirds drew again at the weekend and are now fourth in the league.
Forest started brightly but found it difficult to get the ball through to the forward line.
The defence looked solid, organised by skipper ‘Davey’. Olivia Purtill and Issy Hartley stuck to the job well,marking the Morecambe forwards out of the game, and it took Morceambe 65 minutes to get their first short corner, which didn’t trouble the Forest keeper in any case.
Forest themselves had half a dozen short corners but were unable to convert any of the chances, as the Morecambe defence and keeper held firm.
The Forest midfield was strong and man of the match Olivia Bythell seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, defending solidly and helping the forwards where possible.
Forest will be disapointed with a point but are unbeaten for another week.
Meanwhile, the Forest veterans have won through to the last eight of the All England Veterans Cup for the first time in the club’s history, and will play Ben Rhydding at Marsden Heights on Sunday, March 6th.
They beat Doncaster 1-0 at the weekend with a goal from Judith Hind.
Forest could have been 3-0 up in the first 10 minutes if they had converted their chances as they dominated the first half.
Doncaster didn’t know what had hit them, but after the break they came at Forest and had a succesion of short corners.
Great defensive work kept Doncaster out as the Forest team tired.