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REPORT: Blues Women 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 1

The striker had already had two long-range effort saved by Walsh previous to this, but this time, the goalkeeper couldn’t stop it. The strike went in off the crossbar as Blues celebrated.

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Blues Women continued their fine form in the league with a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town Ladies.

Second-half goals from Lucy Staniforth and a stunner by Charlie Wellings secured three points after a tough first 45 minutes.

There were two changes from the side that beat Liverpool last weekend, as Kerys Harrop was replaced by Paige Williams and Lucy Quinn returned to starting XI with Charlie Wellings dropping to the bench.

It was Quinn who was involved in the opening minute. The winger should have put Blues ahead after just 67 seconds when Staniforth’s corner fell at Quinn’s feet. Her effort on the half-volley was just inches wide of the target.

After the early chance, Blues couldn’t find a fast-paced tempo and play lacked fluidity as Yeovil looked to counter-attack with long balls beyond the back line.

The best chance of the first half fell to Staniforth in the 37th minute. Quinn, the orchestrator on the right flank, played in the England international who smashed a strike from a tight angle goalward. However, it was expertly saved by Megan Walsh who pushed it around the post.

Following the restart, Blues came out with the bit between their teeth. Five minutes in, Blues broke the deadlock. Staniforth, beating the offside trap held off Hannah Short and slotted home a low effort past Walsh.

The game did though quieten down after the goal, but the passing was crisper and sharper.

In the 77th minute, Blues doubled their advantage out of nowhere. Substitute Charlie Wellings, who had come on for goalscorer Staniforth, found herself in space on the right side and fired a stunning strike into the top left corner. The striker had already had two long-range effort saved by Walsh previous to this, but this time, the goalkeeper couldn’t stop it. The strike went in off the crossbar as Blues celebrated.

Yeovil, however, did pull one back in the third minute of added time. Hannah Hampton pushed out the initial shot, but Emily Syme was quickest to react and gave Yeovil late hope. It was only a consolation though in the end.

 

Blues: Hannah Hampton, Chloe Arthur, Paige Williams, Aoife Mannion, Meaghan Sargeant, Hayley Ladd (Sarah Mayling 81’), Harriet Scott, Lucy Staniforth (Charlie Wellings 66’), Lucy Quinn, Emma Follis (Shania Hayles 87’), Connie Scofield.

Substitutes (not used): Ann-Katrin Berger, Sarah Mayling.

Goals: Staniforth 50’, Wellings 77’

Bookings: Scott 79’, Mannion 90’

 

Yeovil: Megan Walsh, Amy Goddard (Nicola Cousins 55’), Megan Alexander, Emily Syme, Hannah Short, Olivia Fergusson, Bonnie Horwood, Annie Heatherson, Amber Gaylor (Emily Donovan 81’), Ellie Mason, Georgia Evans (Shannon Albury 68’).

Substitutes (not used): Beth Howard, Emily Donovan, Charlotte Buxton, Erin Bloomfield.

Goals: Syme 90+3’

Bookings: Horwood 23’

 

Attendance: 662

Referee: Jane Simms

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