Long wait for a win
It was a run that left them feeling sick as a parrot, but now a team are over the moon after winning their first-ever football match.Persistence finally paid off for Freethorpe U14 Girls when they beat Gorleston Rangers 2-1 earlier this month.
It was a run that left them feeling sick as a parrot, but now a team are over the moon after winning their first-ever football match.
Persistence finally paid off for Freethorpe U14 Girls when they beat Gorleston Rangers 2-1 earlier this month. The final whistle was the cue for big celebrations as the team's long winless streak finally came to an end.
The girls, who play in the Norfolk and Suffolk League, had conceded more than 230 goals, scoring just three times.
Proud manager Indra Goodson said: “The team are all on a high and raring to go for the next game - it is a just reward for all the effort they have put in. Everyone was happy and hyper-excited afterwards and the win was more than deserved, they gave it everything.
“Our players are so enthusiastic and always turn up for training whatever the weather, and all the parents have been very supportive.
“They play the game in the right spirit, enjoy a laugh and joke and have won awards for sporting behaviour.”
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After the side went one down, manager's daughter Georgia Goodson equalised before Erin Kelf grabbed a late winner. The girls then had to withstand some nervous final minutes before claiming the three points and a famous victory.
Now with two games of the season left against Lowestoft-based Swantons Herons the team are hoping to haul themselves off the bottom of the table.
“It was really great we were all so happy jumping around and screaming,” said Georgia. “We have since played in a school tournament and didn't lose a game, so hopefully are on a winning streak.”
The win was a great fillip for Freethorpe, who had lost their previous two matches 12-0 and 14-0 and earlier in the season suffered a 29-0 hammering.
“Everyone is hoping to build on this. The win surprised us, it was thrilling and really amazing to experience,” added Indra. “We had been hoping to lower the size of defeat and just get a few draws, so a win was such a big bonus.
“The performances have been improving throughout the season. A lot of people told me they were surprised how much better the team were playing. I don't scream and shout, but positively encourage them to have a bit of fire in their belly. The result really gives us the feeling we are heading in the right direction.”