Goals galore for Hitchin Belles in two high-scoring games

Hitchin Belles U14 team.

Hitchin Belles U14 team. - Credit: HITCHIN BELLES FC

There were goals in abundance for Hitchin Belles even if the results didn't always go their way.

The U14 Blues bagged four as they ran out 4-1 winners over Goffs Oak, securing their passage to the quarter-final of the league cup.

An early long-range goal from Ella Bhalla settled the nerves and from there the girls started to play with freedom.

Further first-half goals came from Michelle Lam and Abby Vizard and while Goffs Oak pulled one back in the early stages of the second period, the Belles sealed the victory with a strike from Lily Woodliffe.

Had the U16s managed to hit four goals, they would have come away from their game with Royston with a share of the spoils.

They only managed three to end up on the wrong end of a 4-3 result but the performance filled everyone with pride.

Starting with the bare 11, Hitchin were left with just nine players in the first half and picking up two injuries.

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Royston kindly dropped down to 10 players but even with one extra, they had to work incredibly hard to claim the win.

A spokeswoman for the Belles said: "We played some of the best football we've seen and never gave up."