Billam hat-trick gives Elizabethan victory in under 14 shield final

Elizabethan 4 West Bridgford 3 (held at Collingham FC) AFTER a series of impressive wins the Elizabethan under 14 girls team reached the final of the County Cup for the second year running, having lost to the National School the year before.

In their first match they were drawn against the National but this time a 1-0 win took them to a second round match against Harry Carlton of East Leake, this finished as a 10-0 win.

The quarter-final against Arnold Hill of Nottingham finished with a 14-2 win and after an 8-0 win in the semis against All Saints of Mansfield, they reached the final.

On paper this was going to be a very difficult game, the West Bridgford team had reached the National final of the Coca Cola Championships the previous year.

However, Elizabethan had girls playing from the under 13 team who had reached the last 16 in the same competition this year, and the match was poised to be well fought out.

The Elizabethan team were confident that they could take their first trophy and early on in the game they took the lead through a well taken goal from Danielle Sandhu.

Even though Elizabethan had more first half chances West Bridgford took three opportunites and built up a 3-1 half time lead.

But a positive team talk from team manager Dave Whalley brought Elizabethan out determined to win

Two well-taken goals from Shawn Billam brought the team back to 3-3, as they continued to put pressure on.

With nine minutes to go Paige Crossman, who had an impressive game, was going for goal when she fell awkwardly in the penalty box injuring her arm.

The game was suspended while an ambulance arrived and Paige was taken for hospital treatment for a suspected broken arm.

The team was even more determined to complete the match and win and two minutes later Shawn Billam completed her hat-trick when she collected the ball past the half way line and took on the West Bridgford defence.

Her shot went well past the goalkeeper. West Bridgford broke away and an excellent save from Rachel Telford in goal stopped an equaliser.

After that the opposition had nothing else left to offer and the jubilant Elizabethan team took the under 14 Girls Active Sports Shield.

The team is made up of players from a variety of local clubs, and the school is grateful for their contribution and support.

Then winning squad: Cassie Craddock, Daisy Shepherd, Danielle Sandhu, Natalie Gough, Rachel Telford, Eleanor Williams, Grace John, Sarah Brett, Shawn Billam, Paige Crossman, Vivienne Wokoma, Lucy Hancock, Ayesha Bratton, Chloe Bradley, Fiona Campbell, Rebecca Gray.