Dream Debut for Berry

With the youth sides games all being called off at the weekend, The New Saints Ladies fixture away to Coventrians Ladies went ahead. After two successive Shropshire derby victories, The New Saints Ladies traveled making just one change to their starting lineup, with new signing Sam Berry making her first start, ahead of youth player Michelle Pasco.


The Saints never looked back from the first whistle and it didn’t take them long to get off the mark. Laura Morris once again running at the opposition defense caused problems and she found a gap in the back line before slotting in the opener. New signing Sam Berry soon made it two nil after some good build up play. The Saints defence were first to everything on the day leaving goalkeeper Charlotte Edmunds with very little to do. The Saints made it three after the half hour mark, when Emily Ridge ran on to a through ball to slot past the Coventrians goalkeeper. Jade Hill rounded the first half scoring up for the Oswestry side, giving Joe Thompsons side a commanding lead going into the break.


The second half saw the Shropshire side have the better of the play once again. Emily Ridge soon netted again for the Saints setting up a second half to remember for TNS. Sam Berry got another two goals to complete her hatrick in her first start after joining from Wolverhampton Wanders.

Laura Morris scored her second of the afternoon taking her up to thirteen goals for the season. A scrappy end to the game would unfold with the pitch cutting up after the recent weather that Coventry has seen, substitutes Jen Smith and Sarah Burke got goals for themselves rounding off the 10-0 win for the Saints keeping pressure on league leaders Birmingham & West Midlands Police.


After the win, Saints Manager Joe Thompson comment, “The girls were outstanding today and the football was honestly unbelievable. They couldn’t live with our movement and passing and to be able to pass on that surface is a credit to the girls today, but this coupled again with yet another clean sheet is a credit to the defence. They pride themselves on keeping them and like I always say you can’t lose when you don’t concede.”

The New Saints Ladies have only conceded four goals in the league all season, the best record in any step three league and above.


Thompson continued to say, “We are flying at the minute and we all can’t wait for the next game to come. I am actually starting to feel sorry for the teams coming up against us because the belief in the camp at the minute makes us unstoppable.”


The New Saints Ladies next West Midlands Regional League fixture is a trip to Crusaders Ladies next Sunday.

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