Emily Ridge stole the show as The New Saints Ladies beat Knowle Ladies 8-0 at Park Hall Stadium in the West Midlands Regional Premier League.
Joe Thompson made a number of changes to his team. Goalkeeper Ceri Evans was left out of the starting line up, while Charlotte Canlett missed the fixture through injury. The Shropshire side wore their new away kit, kindly sponsored by Interlink Express Hereford.
The Saints looked to continue their recent good form, after beating the RAF midweek the Shropshire side took the lead. Emily Ridge broke free of the defence slotting past the out coming goalkeeper. Ridge soon after added her second, once again firing into the bottom corner of the net. The Saints then completed the first half scoring through former Northern Ireland international Sarah Burke. Burke found the back of the new from just inside the box to round off the first half action.
The Saints came out second half more determined than the first, Emily Ridge completed her hatrick and saw the Saints take full control of the match. Ridge then added her fourth in similar circumstances, before last seasons top goal scorer then added her fifth of the game, after being played through, Ridge smashed the ball past the Knowle goalkeeper to see her wheel away in celebration. Laura Morris then added the Saints seventh goal before Sophie Davies completed the scoring and a 8-0 for the Shropshire Champions.
After the game manager Joe Thompson commented on his sides win. “We were excellent today. Pleased with a clean sheet but to score eight goals is a big positive. We kept the ball well again today and stepped up a gear second half and they couldn’t live with us. I think we are getting better and better. A special mention needs to be made for Emily Ridge, who was outstanding today scoring five of our goals”.
“The league is always our main focus but we are all looking forward to a big game next week in the FA Cup”.
The Saints take on Wolverhampton Wanders next week in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round at Park Hall Stadium, 1pm kick off.
|The New Saints Ladies Line Up|
|15||Michelle Pasco (Chloe Wilkinson 65′)|
|Sophie Davies (1)|
|18||Amy Tomei © (Sophie Edwards 46′)|
|7||Laura Morris (1)|
|9||Emily Ridge (5)|
|25||Maddie Jones (Sarah Burke 65′)|
|8||Sophie Edwards (Amy Tomei 46′)|
|Chloe Wilkinson (Michelle Pasco 60′)|
|17||Sarah Burke (1) (Maddie Jones 65′)|