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Yeovil Town 2 (Cousins 18, Bleazard 71) Millwall Lionesses 0
A goal in each half saw Yeovil Town leapfrog Millwall Lionesses in the WSL 2 table with a deserved victory at Sherborne.
The Glovers gave a debut to recent signing Sarah Wiltshire but it was her Welsh international team mates Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard who scored the goals on the day. Millwall also paraded a debutant in defender Jade Dempster and went close on occasions but could not find a way through the Yeovil defence.
The game started quietly as the two sides adapted to a hard, dry pitch with Katie Cook having a shot saved by Sarah Quantrill and at the other end, Leeta Rutherford was just off target with a shot on the turn.
It was a set piece that led to Yeovil taking the lead on the eighteen minute mark. Bleazard's free kick into the area caught the Millwall defence flat footed and an unmarked Cousins showed good composure to control and slot the ball past Quantrill from close range.
Wiltshire was in lively form for Yeovil on the left, cutting in and firing a shot which was saved by Quantrill, then her pass out to the right found Ellie Curson who got past Frankie Strugnell before her angled shot looked destined for the far corner but Quantrill pulled off a fine diving save.
Wiltshire then had a great chance to double Yeovil's lead when she seized on a defensive error and raced through on goal but she shot wide with only Quantrill to beat. Cousins also went close to a second as she bundled the ball just past the post from a Bleazard corner.
Millwall were having plenty of possession but found themselves frustrated as they could not find the right ball to pierce the Yeovil defence, their best effort coming through a Lily Agg strike which was saved by Beth Howard.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with the better of the chances going Yeovil's way. Natalie Haigh threaded an excellent through ball into the path of Wiltshire whose shot was tipped over the bar by Quantrill.
Most of Millwall's best moments were coming from Agg and the midfielder was unlucky not to level the scores as she cleverly tricked her way past Bleazard before unleashing a shot which dipped inches over the bar.
Yeovil hit back with Wiltshire picking the ball up and running at the Millwall defence, dribbling past two defenders on her way through but she again shot wide with Quantrill to beat.
Millwall began to press forward for an equaliser and the impressive Agg once more went close with a strike from a similar range which looked destined for the back of the net but Howard made an excellent one-handed save to turn the ball over the bar.
However as Millwall began to threaten, Yeovil came up a response to take a firm grip on the game. Wiltshire was brought down on the edge of the area and Bleazard duly planted a well struck shot over the Millwall wall and beyond the diving Quantrill to put her side two goals ahead.
A good flowing move saw Wiltshire and Bleazard set up Jade Radburn-Lorton whose shot was blocked and Curson had a goal disallowed for a push on Strugnell.
Millwall tried hard to get back into the game but it was not their day and Yeovil closed the game out for a win which takes them into the top half of the table.
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard, Nicola Cousins, Jade Kirby, Helen Bleazard, Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Ellie Curson (sub Paige Stewart 84mins), Jade Radburn-Lorton, Katie Cook (sub Laura Bray 88mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Stacey Pearson (sub Katie Sherwood 82mins). Subs not used: Kirsty Whitton, Jemma Tewkesbury, Shauna Cossens, Emma Brazell.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Naomi Cole, Frankie Strugnell, Leeta Rutherford, Kylie Davies, Jade Dempster (sub Chantelle Mackie 53mins), Lillie Fenlon-Billson, Lily Agg, Kim Stenning (sub Cherrelle Albert 71mins), Snezana Maresevic (sub Stevie Lamb 62mins), Sophie Perry. Subs not used: Lottie Tuison, Lilly Maple.
(top) Naomi Cole clears the ball away from Sarah Wiltshire
(middle) Kylie Davies is closed down by Katie Cook
(bottom) Lily Agg plays a pass under pressure from Jade Radburn-Lorton
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