The New Saints Ladies pulled themselves six points clear at the top of the West Midlands Regional Women’s League after beating Leamington Lions Ladies 8-0 at TCAT.
Four changes to the side that started against Crusaders Ladies two weeks before saw much of the early possession creating chances to take the lead. Maddie Jones and Sarah Burke looked dangerous down both wings but were unable to beat Annabel Williams in the Leamington goal. Just under a quarter of an hour in and the hosts took the lead. Good play down the left wing saw Sarah Burke’s shot fire off the goalkeeper to the feet of Lauren Armstrong who placed the ball into the empty net. The Saints then doubled their lead just over ten minutes later. Good play around the edge of the box saw Charlotte Canlett fire a shot in from the edge of the box, leaving the goalkeeper planted in the middle of the goal. The Saints then continued to dominate possession seeing Leamington go long spells with out the ball.
This possession was put to good use when ten minutes before time, leading goal scorer Emily Ridge fired in her thirty first goal of the season before, minutes later adding a fourth for the Saints, Ridge broke away from the Leamington defence before smashing past the goalkeeper at her near post.
The Shropshire side soon added their fifth of the afternoon, Laura Morris beat Annabel Williams in the Leamington goal at her near post. Charlotte Canlett then added her second of the game with just over twenty minutes to play. Her cross goal shoot ricocheted off the inside of the post and into the net. The Saints then kept up the pressure but were unable to add anymore goals until five mintes from time. Hannah Yates found Sam Berry in space outside the box, before Berry’s pass found Laura Morris in the box, Morris spun her defender and fired past the goalkeeper. Sam Berry then came close to adding the eighth goal. After a short corner by Maddie Jones was played to Berry on the edge of the box, her shot smashed the crossbar and was cleared to safety. Berry wouldn’t have to wait long for another chance and thirty seconds before the end saw her find space on the edge of the box once again, this time she made no mistake and fired into the corner of the net, rounding off the Saints’ impressive win.
After the game manager Joe Thompson commented, “What a position we have put Ourselves in. Leamington are always a difficult side and they didn’t give up again today. Our second half performance was fantastic and what we have to come to expect from all of our players. We know nothing is won yet and we go again next week against Wednesfield.”
The New Saints Ladies travel to Wednesfield Town Ladies next Sunday, 2pm kick off at Amos Lane.