Four from four in the league became five from five, as TNS Ladies beat a spirited Burton Albion Ladies FC 7-1 at Four Crosses on Sunday, October 1 2107.
Although the scoreline indicates a comprehensive win for Andy Williams’ side, it was anything but plain sailing.
Having started well, TNS should have been at least one goal to the good, with Bebbington, Anderson, and Canlett all missing chances in the opening exchanges.
Burton were spurred into action and came back with attacks of their own, firstly crashing a free-kick against the bar before going close on three other occasions, as the home side struggled to cope with a precise passing game from the opposition.
This mini-spell sparked the Saints into life though, with Emily Ridge opening the scoring on 25 minutes. She then turned provider moments later as Charlotte Canlett smashed in a shot from twenty five yards. Further goals from the impressive Morris and Sophie Davies sent TNS in at half-time with an unexpected and unassailable 4-0 lead.
An enforced change at the break saw Ridge replaced by the ever-willing Taylor Davis.
It was Davis who set up Kim Bebbington on 55 minutes for goal number five, before then scoring herself as the Ladies increased their lead.
The goal of the game however was reserved for Sophie Davies, who drilled her second – and the team’s seventh- from twenty-plus yards, following a ten-pass move that flowed across one side of the pitch and then back again.
There was still time for Burton to grab a consolation goal with a smart strike from distance, a goal that they thoroughly deserved on the balance of play.
Andy Williams was full of praise for his side at the final whistle: ‘To have played five league games, gaining a maximum points return is hugely rewarding for us all. The girls have, and continue to, work incredibly hard at their game which is refreshing.”
“However, as proud as we are with what has been achieved, we know that we are only five games in and that we have all the higher-placed teams yet to play. The next month will tell us how far we have come; it’s a month we are all looking forward to immensely.” he added with a note of caution, lest anyone get carried away just yet.
“We take a break from the league next week as we entertain Shrewsbury Town Ladies in the cup. Some of our players have not yet appeared in the FA Cup, so that game will have special significance too. We are of course keen, not only to maintain our good run of form, but also to get one over our local rivals.’ he concluded.
Photographs courtesy of Adam Reapa.