Sports: Report - Women's Football 2013/14

Back row (L-R): Gabriella Alziari, Mina Pollman, Anna Pyregov, Charley Turton, Ose Ikhena (coach), Lizzie Leather, Sadie Woolf. Front row (L-R): Emily Cowan, Natasha Stotesbury, Sophie Smith, Imy Buchan, Jess Odone

This has been another highly successful year for the Merton-Mansfield women’s football team, known to our friends as the M&Ms. After being promoted to Division Two last year, we’ve built on our successes and we remain undefeated in league matches; an incredible achievement when you consider that the team was only formed three years ago and we’ve been working our way up the league ever since. This year we beat teams from St John’s, Wadham/Green Templeton and New College, and came from 1-0 down to claim a memorable 2-1 victory over Jesus. Frustratingly, the battle for promotion came down to the wire this year and some last-minute results revealed that the M&Ms missed out on promotion by goal difference.

We’ve enjoyed further success in this year’s Cuppers competition and narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot after losing 1-0 in the quarter final to the formidable Worcester, who went on to win the trophy. The highlight of our Cuppers campaign was a 12-0 trouncing of Christ Church/Oriel in the group stages.

As always, the team’s success was due in no small part to the Mansfield contingent, which was particularly strong this year and included Imy Buchan, Rachel Milton, Mina Pollman and Gabriella Alziari. Equally indispensable were our stellar strikers, Kayli Johnson and Onayomi Rosenior-Patten, and our ever-enthusiastic coach, Ose Ikhena. Special mention has to go to our goalkeeper, Sophie Smith, who put in an outstanding performance this season and is never afraid to put her body on the line with daring saves.

Having missed out on promotion by the narrowest of margins this year, next season we’ll be more determined than ever to earn a spot in Division One, while also setting our sights on the Cuppers semi-finals and perhaps even the trophy!

Charley Turton (2012)
Merton-Mansfield Women’s Football Captain 2013-14