Saints Progress In League Cup

The New Saints Ladies progressed into the next round of the FA Women’s Premier League cup after over coming Solihull Ladies at Park Hall Stadium.

The first appearance in the competition by any Shropshire side saw the hosts start brightly, however in the eighth minute a crunching tackle between two players saw Katy Huntbach taken off with a knee injury, being replaced by Charlotte Canlett. The Saints looked on top early on and a tremendous run in the by Charlotte Budd down the right wing saw her cross to Emily Ridge, who’s shot skimmed of  the top of the crossbar. Minutes later a free kick awarded to the Saints, was delivered by Stacy Garnham, found Charlotte Budd who played in Emily Ridge, whos shot was fired just over the bar. Solihull, then started to get back into the game. The visitors had their first attempt on goal, rattling the crossbar, this was followed by a free kick for the visitors which saw a diving save by Ceri Evans in the Saints goal. With a minute to the half time whistle, Emily Ridge was released thirty yards out from goal, by a Hannah Yates through ball, Ridge didn’t need a second asking and calmly slotted past the out rushing goalkeeper to put the Saints ahead going into the break.

The second half saw the Saints continue as they had left the first half. The Saints didn’t take long to double there lead. Charlotte Budd being released down the left hand side, found herself one versus one against the Solihull goalkeeper, who raced out of her goal towards Budd. Budd’s shot was poked past the goalkeeper, trickling over the line past the outreaching defender. The Saints soon put the game to bed. Maddie Jones who had replaced Sara Bengtsson, received the ball on the outside of the eighteen yard box on the left hand side of the pitch. Seeing her chance she unleashed an absolute screamer of a  shot which flew over the goalkeepers head into the top right hand corner of the net. The hosts could of added a fourth in the last ten minutes, Maddie Jones firing a pass across the face of the goal to Charlotte Budd who was unable to turn the ball into the net.

After the match Manager Peter Wilson commented, “It was pleasing to get the response we did out of the ladies. We moved the ball around well and looked very comfortable in and out of possession”.

“We look forward to next week, in what we know will be a tough test for us”.

Next week the Saints travel to Loughbrough Foxes Ladies.

The New Saints Line Up Solihull Line Up
1 Ceri Evans 1 Sarah Parkes
2 Hannah Yates 2 Kirsten Taylor
3 stacey Garnham 3 Bethany Bovan
4 Kate Huntbach (C)(Charlotte Canlett 7′) 4 Victoria Grieve
5 Nicola Walford 5 Layla Slater
6 Sophie Edwards 6 Shannon Parkes
7 Sara Bengtsson (Maddie Jones 51′)(1) 7 Charlotte Hughes
8 Lea Lewis 8 Georgia Jones
9 Emily Ridge (1) 9 Samantha White
10 Sarah Burke 10 Joanna Pointon
11 Charlotte Budd (1) 11 Tanya Dickinson (C)
Substitutions Substitutions
12 Chloe Wilkinson (Sophie Edwards 67′) 12 Ashlea Hargreaves
14  Charlotte Canlett (Kate Huntbach 7′)  14 Donna Hawkins
15  Michelle Pasco
16 Emma Roden
17 Maddie Jones (1) (Sara Bengtsson 51′)
Referee Mr Blake Antrobus
 Assistant Referee Mr Jon Matthews
Assistant Referee Miss Zoe Thomas