Hamble Belles secure a 5-0 win at home on Saturday morning against New Milton U12s in the Hampshire Girls Youth League.

With the sun shining for an early 10am kick-off at the Hamble Club FC grounds, home team Hamble U12 Belles played their second league match of the 22/23 season against the newly formed New Milton team.

The first shot on target from #15 S.Emery was saved comfortably by the New Milton goal-keeper after a good display of early pressing by the Belles. However, it wasn’t long until New Milton had managed to climb up into the Hamble half putting pressure on their backline. The end-to-end opening few minutes of the game suggested we could be in for a fierce battle between the two sides.

Coming towards the 10 minute mark, the spectators saw an excellent display of defending from Hamble newcomer #2 J.Lewis who cleared the ball confidently down the line managing to start a counterattack for the Belles at the same time.

This exciting period of play resulted in a real treat for the Hamble supporters as the first goal of the game came from #8 S.Maidment in the ninth minute as she tucked it away comfortably past the goal-keeper. Maidment also wore the captaincy armband for the match after her stellar hat-trick in the previous week against Stoneham U12 Lionesses.

The action continued as a 12th minute goal came in quick succession for #7 N.Allen but was unfortunately disallowed as she was narrowly caught off-side. However, an excellent second goal for captain Maidment in the 14th minute made it 2-0 to the Belles as she curled it home beautifully into the right top corner of the goal.

A 22nd minute goal for Emery then made it 3-0 for the Belles, a goal well-deserved after a few close chances and the first half ended well with another late goal in the last few minutes to make it 4-0 for the Belles and a hat trick for captain Maidment.

In the 45th minute spectators watched on as Maidment made an incredible run, picking up the ball at the half-way line and finishing it off with a lovely shot that found the ball in the back of the net again, this time in the top left corner.

After this, a few more substitutions from the Belles half way through the second half made it a quieter finish to the game, with Hamble running down the clock to secure the 5-0 win as the whistle blew to signify full-time.

By Emilie Mwanza

Founder of Beyond The 90. Trainee multimedia journalist based in Preston.