Earlier today, TNS Ladies defeated Long Eaton United Ladies 5-0 at Park Hall to take pole position in the league table. Although TNS’ second game of the campaign, the visitors were getting their season underway.
Emily Ridge pulled a fine save out the Long Eaton goalkeeper after only three minutes, as both sides made their way tentatively into the game, with Long Eaton making life very difficult for TNS with their well-organised set-up.
The deadlock was broken on 19 minutes though by Maddie Jones, who was on hand to prod home the rebound from a free kick by Charlotte Canlett, which had struck the bar. 1-0
It was the lively Emily Ridge who won the free kick, darting onto a bouncing ball on the edge of the penalty area, only to be brought down by the Long Eaton United goalkeeper who received a yellow card.
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It was Ridge herself who scored the second from six yards, when she was on hand to tap home. Her initial shot was saved by the keeper, following a squared ball from the ever-threatening Kim Bebbington. 2-0
The New Saints had several good chances to extend the lead, with Bebbington going close on a couple of occasions. The Ladies were relieved to go in 2-0 ahead at half time though, following a good save from Stacey Garnham, when a lapse in the defence had seen the Long Eaton centre forward bear down on goal.
TNS retained the upper-hand in the second period with the lion’s share of both the ball and territory. However, there was a scare on 50 minutes when the Long Eaton central striker would have again been on for a one-on-one chance were it not for a clumsy yellow card challenge from Steph Davies. This was the only blot on an otherwise superb performance from her, alongside her accomplished back four partners.
It was Sophie Davies with another brace that sealed the points for the home side, with goals on 58 minutes and 75. The first was a strike from outside of the area following good pressing by Maddie Jones, with the second an assured strike, as she arrived on the edge of the penalty area to finish off another good TNS move. 3-0 4-0
Substitute Taylor Davis put the gloss on the afternoon’s performance, with a wonderful volley five minutes from time, following a foray forward and cross from Hannah Yates. 5-0
Manager, Andy Williams expressed his delight for both the result and the performance: “I think the girls showed their emerging qualities today against a really good Long Eaton United; trust me that was a difficult game against a good opponent.”
He continued, “I am really pleased with how things are progressing, in particular with the girls themselves who are all making a fabulous contribution. I must compliment them for their first rate attitude and application.”
“They each are working hard to improve and raise their own standard and consequently that of the team. As coaches they are an absolute joy to work with; I can really sense their ambition and hunger.”
Photograph credits: Adam Reapa.