The New Saints Ladies defeated Knowle Ladies for the second time in a week as they continue to put pressure on league leaders Birmingham & West Midlands Police after a convincing four nil win
The Saints were without Hannah Yates and Sarah Burke through an ankle injury as well as Sam Berry.
Lowri Parry was handed her first start for the Saints Ladies, Kelly Doavston and Ellie Dickin also won their first call ups from the under 18’s this season.
Conditions in the second city were once again a contributing factor to the quality of the game but the Saints never seemed to find their form of previous games.
Knowle looked to get back at the Saints after the recent defeat to the Shropshire side but it was to be the visitors who struck first.
After a corner by Laura Morris, the ball hit one of the Knowle players and Jen Smith was on hand to tap into the net from close range.
Jade Hill soon doubled the Saints’ lead, firing home from inside the box, giving the Saints some breathing space.
The Saints’ half time team talk obviously took effect, the Saints who took the kick off worked the ball up the pitch and before Knowle could get a touch of the ball, the ball found itself at the feet of Smith who took a touch before slotting past the goalkeeper to give the Saints the best possible start to the second half.
Dickin and Dovaston were introduced for their first appearances of the season and with fewer than fifteen minutes remaining, Emily Ridge rounded off the scoring after getting onto a through ball and slotting past the goalkeeper.
After the game manager Joe Thompson commented on the victory and said, ‘We huffed and puffed a bit first half but made it into a game when it shouldn’t really have been. Credit to Knowle though they’re well drilled and put us under pressure. At half time I simply asked the ladies to stamp there authority on the game and show that we were superior and they did that. Scoring straight from the kick off was pleasing and put the game to bed.
Birmingham & West Midlands Police defeated Leamington Lions Ladies 6-0 at the New Windmill ground, keeping them seven points clear at the top of the West Midlands Regional League having played three more games than the Saints.
The New Saints Ladies host Coventarians Ladies next Sunday at Park Hall Stadium, 2pm kick off.
Meanwhile the TNS Ladies drew 2-2 with Coventry City Girls Under 16’s and The New Saints Ladies Under 11’s lost 2-1 to Stoke Town Ladies.
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