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Fulham FC Foundation 9 KIKK Utd 2
Fulham FC Foundation increased their lead at the top of the London & South East Regional League Premier Division and gave their goal difference a healthy boost with a 9-2 victory over KIKK United at Surrey Sports Park.
A sparkling performance saw goals flying in from a variety of distances and at regular intervals as the visitors were put to the sword. Fulham had beaten KIKK by a single goal just two weeks previously but the depleted visitors simply could not match the pace and movement of the Fulham attack on this occasion.
The warning signs came as early as 30 seconds in when Kirsty Percival was denied by a good save from Tilly Hadley. However, the same player was on hand to power home a header in the fourth minute from a Gemma Fraser cross. Verity Snow was a constant threat for the home side and was close to adding a second on six minutes but KIKK had early chances of their own through Jasmine Campbell and Lydia Cooper, whose shot was well held by Lauren Allen. Snow added the second through a superb 20-yard strike into the top right corner on 27 minutes and Hadley made a good save to deny Percival a second goal.
The teams exchanged goals around the 35 minute mark. Chloe Greer converted a Lizzie Laws corner and KIKK reduced the arrears with a close range finish from Elisabeth Redmond. The visitors had played some nice football going forward but were constantly vulnerable at the back. Percival missed an easy chance before Meg Lovelock added the fourth with a shot that Hadley reached but could not prevent from crossing the line.
KIKK started the second half positively and Sophie Le Marchand had a shot well held by Allen but were soon under the cosh again. An own goal from a left wing corner on 54 minutes was a blow and soon after Fraser was left clear for a good finish for the sixth. Hadley made a good save from Emma Lawrence but Percival soon added the seventh with a nice curled effort from the edge of the area on 65 minutes.
KIKK and Redmond got their second after good work from Le Marchand on the right on 72 minutes but it was little consolation for the visitors as Fulham added two more clinical finishes in the last ten minutes. Firstly, Lawrence slotted home a right wing cut back on 82 minutes then sub Meg Ward curled in a neat finish off the right hand post for the ninth on 89 minutes.
Fulham were highly impressive with the pace with which they attacked and the quality of their finishing from a variety of players. Other teams such as Old Actonians, who visit Fulham in two weeks time, and Carshalton Athletic have games in hand on the leaders in a highly competitive league. KIKK gained a very creditable draw at third placed Carshalton only a week ago and are not far behind the leading pack but will wish to put this result behind them quickly.
Fulham FC Foundation: Lauren Allen, Chloe Greer, Jade Pilley, Joanne Loayza, Lauren Armstrong, Hannah Pearson, Kirsty Percival, Gemma Fraser, Lizzie Laws, Verity Snow, Emma Lawrence. Subs: Meg Lovelock, Meg Ward, Georgie Hodge, Sarah Wentworth, Jess Rowden.
KIKK Utd: Tilly Hadley, Lizzie Tucker, Nicola Burnett, Zubia Mughal, Jasmine Campbell, Sophie Le Marchand, Emily Lake, Elisabeth Redmond, Lydia Cooper, Emily Farley, Laura Lonnberg. Sub: Tara O'Halloran.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Nicola Burnett slides in to tackle Emma Lawrence
(middle) Verity Snow is challenged by Zubia Mughal
(bottom) Sophie Le Marchand holds off Lizzie Laws
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