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Stockingford AA Pavilion Ladies completed an outstanding League double against West Midlands League Division One North leaders Burton Albion with a brilliant performance at home.
The 2-0 win leaves the Stockingford Ladies still in second place; five points behind Burton but "Piv" have a game in hand so the League Championship and promotion are still possible.
Stockingford's latest victory was built on a solid defensive performance with keeper Emma McDonald unbeaten. Full backs Lucy Brown and Rachael Crawley tackled assertively and ran themselves into the ground. Natalie Boffin and Mica Taylor commanded at the heart of the defence with outstanding challenges and blistering pace. Every member of the team from striker Gemma Horne through to the defence worked assiduously to close down Burton and prevent them having time on the ball.
Burton Albion, gracious in defeat, contributed hugely to this great game of football that was fully appreciated by the large crowd on the sidelines and many more watching from inside the club.
Stockingford took the lead following some excellent midfield passing that delivered the ball to Charlotte Taylor on the left. Her powerful shot towards the far top corner was clawed away by the visiting keeper but only into the path of the superb Lois Smalley who calmly beat defenders and the despairing custodian to score. The timing of the goal, just before half time, could not have been better.
Albion, as expected, applied pressure early in the second half but the Stockingford defence coped authoritatively. Sharni Turnbull came on to double the strike force and add her amazing pace to create more problems for the Burton defenders. With ten minutes to go Sharni turned skilfully following receipt of a throw-in. Her parallel pass across the field found Amanda Turnbull who drove the ball low and hard into the Burton goal from 20 yards.
The post match celebration emphasised how important this victory was to Stockingford. This was a hard fought but sporting encounter and many of the Piv players are wearing their bruises with pride.
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