Lady Citizens beat Cobblers
PUBLISHED: 17:03 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009
WGC Ladies 2 Northampton Town 1 FIRST-half goals from Laveena Betts and Sinead Kerr saw WGC run out 2-1 victors in Sunday s South East Combination League match against a strong Northampton Town side at Herns Lane. Injuries to key players meant a depleted
WGC Ladies 2 Northampton Town 1
FIRST-half goals from Laveena Betts and Sinead Kerr saw WGC run out 2-1 victors in Sunday's South East Combination League match against a strong Northampton Town side at Herns Lane.
Injuries to key players meant a depleted WGC squad were grateful to see the addition of Cambridge City midfielder Jodie Lapish, whose transfer was confirmed the day before the game.
Northampton had the early pressure and looked threatening from set plays, helped by uncertain Welwyn defending.
The lady Citizens then started to find the pace of the match and pushed forward with Kerr and Dawn Mallett registering the home side's first chances.
The opening goal arrived on 22 minutes when Ella Baker's free-kick from inside her own half caused confusion in the visiting defence.
Two defenders attacked the same ball, sending it high into the air.
Betts positioned herself underneath and as she brought it under control 25 yards from goal the remaining defenders allowed her time to volley the ball goalwards, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot as it bounced into the net.
Stung by this, the Cobblers fought back and enjoyed a good spell during which Welwyn had Vicky Neal and Shelley Forster to thank for a couple of good clearances.
Kerr's 36th-minute goal owed much to Mallett's superb left wing run that took her towards the byline.
Mallett's drilled cross through the six-yard box found Kerr at the back post, leaving her with a simple tap in.
The remainder of the first half saw the home side have the better of the opportunities as Town looked a touch deflated.
After an even start to the second half, Northampton pulled a goal back on 51 minutes from a deep corner.
The Cobblers' right winger was given time to play the ball into the danger area where a header found the back of the net.
The shaken WGC defence nearly conceded again moments later when a forward was played on side, leaving Verity Crook in the home goal to save well one- on-one at the edge of her area.
Faye Rees' pace pressured a Northampton defender into an error from which Naomi Lyon's goalbound shot was cleared off the line. A scramble followed which was ended when the goalkeeper gathered the ball.
Both sides had chances late in a tense half. Welwyn pressured a nervous looking keeper into a handling mistake but couldn't score in the ensuing melee.
With five minutes remaining, a Town forward found herself with the ball at her feet on the edge of the box after confusion between Crook and two defenders.
Neal and captain Sheree Oliver reacted quickly to clear the danger.
WGC travel to Cambridge City tomorrow night (Wednesday) for the second in a run of five league matches in the space of just two weeks.
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