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Queen's Park Rangers 7 Luton Town 0
Queen's Park Rangers powered their way to a seven-goal victory over Luton Town at Uxbridge.
This was their seventh South East Combination victory in a row as they dominated the Hatters with fluent moves from start to finish. Six different scorers showed the variety of attacking options available to Rangers and several were high quality strikes.
Rangers took the lead in the third minute when Katie Wilding drove in a powerful shot from a tight angle on the left. An incisive passing movement up the left saw Stacey Sowden measure a 40-yard crossfield pass for the run of Elly Maggs who beat the advancing Hollie Staples for the second on 16 minutes.
Sophie Fogarty nearly added the third but flicked wide from a Sowden pass. A free kick effort was saved at full stretch by Staples who then did equally well to smother a Gemma Rudman header from the resulting corner on the half hour.
Luton had battled hard to get a foothold in the match and created a couple of dangerous moments for R's keeper Chelsea Coles, firstly from a deep cross under the bar, then an inviting right wing centre from which Maisie Wyatt went close.
However, the final two minutes of the half ended the Hatters hopes. First Seun Odeniyi jinked her way into the area before driving a shot high into the net, then Sowden outpaced the defence before rounding Staples and scoring the fourth.
To their credit, Luton returned with determination after the break and Natalie Richardson was very unlucky with a 35-yard free kick against the underside of the bar on 49 minutes. Rebecca Kane also went close as the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the match.
Once again, another peach of a goal ended the revival though when Sarah Staples found the bottom right corner from 30 yards on 56 minutes. Sub Stacey McConville produced an excellent left wing cross which Maggs was just unable to convert and Sowden went very close as Rangers took over again.
Luton's defence, led by skpper Anne Folan, had been under severe pressure for most of the afternoon and had been unfortunate to be on the end of a series of outstanding finishes but the final two goals were both the result of failure to clear their lines. A Fogarty inswinging corner left Rudman free for the sixth and a mishit goal kick was latched on to and dispatched by Sowden for the seventh on 85 minutes.
Queen's Park Rangers look a formidable unit, with strong performances all over the pitch, playing with the confidence which a series of ten victories in all competitions must breed. They face a big test with next week's trip to leaders C & K Basildon which should be a top of the table classic.
Queen's Park Rangers: Chelsea Coles, Jeta Bytyqi, Seun Odeniyi, Sarah Staples, Gemma Rudman, Lauren Gage, Elly Maggs, Leanne Mabey, Stacey Sowden, Katie Wilding, Sophie Fogarty. Subs: Kat McKenna, Louise Hayes, Stacey McConville, Kasha Petit.
Luton Town: Hollie Staples, Jessica McKay, Amy Nash, Jessica Nash, Anne Folan, Shanice Jimenez, Maisie Wyatt, Rachel Kosky, Lauren Goodier, Natalie Richardson, Rebecca Kane. Subs: Kristie Keyte, Kerry Keyte, Henny Horsler, Danelle Borelli.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Sarah Staples in a 50-50 challenge with Lauren Goodier
(middle) Jeta Bytyqi can't prevent Maisie Wyatt getting in a shot
(bottom) Gemma Rudman is closed down by Natalie Richardson
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