Sunday 1/10 saw the U14's BGL team entertain Whitchurch and the girls ran out with a comfortable 10-0 score line which also allowed for some positional changes to be made.
Goals came from: Keiana 4, Emily 3, Keira 1, Katherine 1 and an OG.
GOM was Keiana Jones.
Saturday 7/10 had the U14 Somerset team making the short trip to Worle in a close game that saw Mendip run out 5-3 winners. The Portishead scorers were Emily 2 and Keira.
GOM was Meg Jefferies.
Sunday 8/10 and back to the BGL with the tough fixture away to Boco White. A very physical game with both sides determined to not be beaten where Boco made the first breakthrough but a Katie Quick equaliser ensuring the teams shared the points.
GOM was Livvy Morgan.
Saturday 14/10 Somerset team Axbridge came to Portishead. The game was switched to 9 aside which also made a welcome change for our girls. Lots of position changes still saw our girls come away with a 9-1 victory.
Goals from: Keira 4, Emily 2, Hannah 2 and Megs.
GOM was Amelia.
Sunday 15/10 and our toughest BGL game so far as Team Mendip came to visit. The visitors hadn't lost a game in over a year and with Portishead's current form a close battle was predicted. An early Emily Edwards goal settled the girls and they played undoubtedly the best football of the season so far... The defence of Tilly, Hannah, Romia and Megs doing a fantastic job of keeping the usual prolific strike force of Mendip at bay. A final score line of 6-0 was reward for their hard work.
Goals from: Emily 3, Keira 2 and Keiana.
GOM was Hannah.
Saturday 28/10 and Portishead made the long trip to Pen Mill in Yeovil. The girls were slow to start and it took a goal from Nicole followed by a Pen Mill equaliser to wake them up. Eventually they got going and the final result was 11-1.
Goals thanks to Nicole 2, Emily 2, Keiana 3, Hannah, Courtney, Keira and an Og.
GOM was Reneeqa.
Our final October game was on 29/10 away to Downend Flyers in the BGL in a fixture that we lost last season. A close first half saw us go in 4-2 up with battle uphill on the sloped pitch in prospect for the second half. This didn't faze the girls at all and they finished with a final score of 9-4.
Goals from: Emily 4, Keiana 2, Keira 2 and Millie.
GOM was Emily.
Highlight of the month undoubtedly beating Team Mendip ⚽️
We started October on joint top of the league table with it being very close between the top 5 teams.
The U13's have had some tough games this month and cannot take anything for granted. We had a tough start with Whitchurch who have improved so much since we first played them 2 years ago and we draw 2-2.
Next up was Hanham which we have never beaten before so always a team to watch and despite a sluggish start, lots of encouragement from the side line took the girls to a 3-1 win.
To end the month we played another very good team in Brislington. This time we were in front of the Evening post reporter and again we started slowly and Brislington went ahead 1-0 but with some encouragement from the side lines, the energy kicked in and we started playing some great passing moves to get the first goal back - which lifted the team and they went on to win 3-2. At the end, their managers praised our team on their passing and team spirit which is always nice to hear.
All still a very close at the top of the league, but we end the month one point clear at the top.
October 17 was a bit of a mixed bag for the U12s. A brilliant 4-3 away win against BLU and a comfortable 6-0 win over Downend Flyers were sandwiched between defeats against Boko (4-3) and Longwell Green (3-2).
Whilst disappointing to lose, both defeats were very close and all the girls competed extremely well in all areas. Ultimately though, one or two seconds of real quality from the opposition were the difference.
Overall, the first round of matches in the League sees a healthy P7, W4, L3
Another enjoyable month of football for the girls:
8/10 lost against Whitchurch
Goals: Sophie G
Girl of match: Katelyn
15/10 won against Pumas
Goals: Sophie G, Abi F & Amber x2
Captain: Sophie G
Girl of match: Sophie G
29/10 lost against Ashton
Girl of match: Sophie W
The girls have won just one of their three matches this month but if you had seen them leaving their matches you would guess that they had won all three as they are always happy and smiling no matter what the score is.
We are now over halfway through our league matches and it's fantastic to see the girls confidence growing individually and as a team.
Emily, Jocelyn & Imogen are our newest members and it is lovely to see that they have settled into the Panthers team so well already.
This months highlight has to be Amber Haskins scoring a goal on her birthday which was topped off with cake all round!!!
U10 Pumas (U9’s):
What a fantastic month October turned out to be for the girls.
1 draw and 2 wins in the league meant the team were unbeaten for the entire month.
It just shows how quickly these girls learn and adapt to new challenges. Focus at training on 2 simple areas has really helped the girls be a really hard team to beat.
We have worked on pressing in numbers and passing the ball quickly which is paying off and now giving us a reputation as a team very hard to beat.
Top scorer remains Elsie Stenner with 12 goals.
October girl of the match awards:
• Daisy Bullock
• Carmen Branscombe
• Freya Salter
All squad members x 18 have been involved in league matches since the start of the season.
We have a great team spirit and all girls are working hard for each other with enjoyment.
The under 8's had two friendly matches during October.
One was home against the under 9 development team, which was the first time the under 8's have played 7v7.
They were surprised at the size of the pitch but they battled well and despite lots of injuries, including the goalie, Katie's, first touch of the ball was a bash to her nose, which she then bent down to pick up to stop the opposition scoring, but we still won the game!
Our other match was away at St Nicks. We took three newer players with us, Sienna, Laila and Maisie and it was lovely to see them all taking part and really getting stuck in to the game.
All the girls are developing well and keen to play matches. We are looking forward to a match every weekend through November.
Our Player Of The Week trophy is working well with the girls in training and they are all enthusiastic to try to earn it for the week.
Updated 14:56 - 13 Nov 2017 by Neil Smailes