The New Saints Ladies completed a second 9-0 victory against two fellow Shropshire sides after beating Wrockwardine Wood Ladies thanks to hat-tricks from Megan Haynes and Laura Morris.
After beating Allscott Ladies the previous week, in a tough encounter, the Saints were looking to have an improved performance against Wrockwardine Wood and within in minutes of the game kicking off a reply of the first goal from Allscott took place. A corner from the left hand side from Laura Morris was met in the air by Sophie Edwards, who headed the Saints into an early lead. Six minutes later and TNS had doubled their lead, some good football saw Jade Hill slide the ball through past the defenders for Megan Haynes to run onto, driving the ball across Toran Kelly in the Wrockwardine Wood goal and into the top corner of the net. The Saints were in complete dominance of the match and just before the half hour mark, Laura Morris cut into the box from the left wing and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net. Minutes before the break and the Saints had got their fifth, good play down the right hand side saw the ball end up at Amy Tomei’s feet in the box, her shot rebounded off the crossbar, only for Jade Hill to tap home from six yards.
The second half saw The New Saints Ladies up their game once again taking the game to their visitors and within minutes had their sixth of the game. Megan Haynes rounding Toran Kelly in the Wrockwardine Wood goal to tap home into the empty net. Haynes then completed her hat-trick six minutes later, slotting the ball past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net. TNS manager Joe Thompson then introduced new signing Sam Berry who replaced Sophie Edwards. Within two minutes of Berry coming onto the pitch the Saints hit the back of the net again.
Good intricate play leading t0 Laura Morris slotting the ball underneath the out rushing goalkeeper to make the score 8-0 to the hosts.
Wrockwardine Wood then pushed the Saints who looked to have stepped off the pace. The Telford side broke the Saints defence, which until this point had been solid. Jenna Boddison caused most of the problem, latching onto through balls but Saints goalkeeper Charlotte Edmunds was equalled to the shots getting down early to make the saves. The goal streak was rounded off when a shot from Emily Ridge from just inside the area went under the goalkeeper to make the score 9-0. Wrockwardine Wood looked to respond and a shot from the edge of the area forced Edmunds into a low diving save to her right hand side, tipping the ball around the post.
This win saw the Saints home record wining all six of their league games at home, scoring 45 goals and not conceding a single goal. Manager Joe Thompson commented, “Today and especially second half we were outstanding. The football we played in the second half was some of the best football we’ve played all season. To be so lethal up front and getting the service to them from central positions and wide was pleasing. In fairness as bad as this sounds playing football like that they didn’t stand a chance.”
Today was Thompson’s side first home game since the FA Cup loss to Derby County Ladies and he quoted, “Last week we shook off a defeat in the FA cup with a battling win against a resilient Allscott side but this week it was nice to get back to playing the TNS way. Thought the keeper and three at the back were outstanding to get back to keeping clean sheets which is just as important as scoring goals.”
“I want to single out Meg Haynes who since coming back to us has worked hard to prove her worth to the squad and got her results today with a hat-trick and also Laura Morris who by her own admission, struggled at the start of the season when overcoming injury and slotting into our new system but the last three or four games her hard work has paid off, she’s put all her effort into her fitness and understanding, she’s on fire at the minute so just wanted to say well done to her, and again well done to all the squad great result and performance.”
The New Saints Ladies travel to Coventrians Ladies next weekend in a bid to keep the pressure on Birmingham & West Midlands Police at the summit of the West Midlands Women’s Regional Premier League table.
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