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Yeovil Town 4 (Wiltshire 5, Bleazard 16, Heatherson 87,88) Durham Women 0
Yeovil Town ensured that they made a quick return to the summit of WSL 2 with a display of clinical finishing on an emotional day for leading scorer Sarah Wiltshire.
The Welsh international striker scored her side's opening goal before announcing after the game that she will be missing the remainder of the season due to pregnancy.
The visitors barely had time to acclimatise to their surroundings before Yeovil took the lead, Wiltshire lifting the ball over Durham goalkeeper Helen Alderson from the edge of the area. Helen Bleazard almost added a second moments later, only for Alderson to tip her effort onto the bar and over.
Falling behind seemed to buoy the Wildcats, with Emily Roberts firing over from close range before the same player fed Sarah McFadden who fired straight at Beth Howard.
Despite these chances, Durham found themselves two down on 16 minutes as Bleazard fired home a free kick from the edge of the area.
This didn't deter the visitors though, who continued to push forward - Beth Hepple twice testing Howard while Natalie Gutteridge fired over from the edge of the area.
There was a chance for the Glovers to add a third before the break as Bleazard was adjudged to have been brought down in the area. Helen Alderson, however, had other ideas and repelled Wiltshire's spot kick before denying the same player from the edge of the area minutes later.
The second half saw Durham push forward seeking the goal that would bring them back into the game. Gutteridge just couldn't convert Jordan Atkinson's cross from close range, while Beth Hepple was agonisingly close as she saw her powerful effort cannon off the underside of the bar.
Yeovil were still creating chances though, and Alderson did well to keep out Nadia Lawrence's effort and Ann Marie Heatherson's follow up. Becky Salicki then did well to tackle Lawrence as she threatened to pull the trigger before Danielle Carlton fired over from distance.
There was to be a third for the hosts as Heatherson reacted quickest to turn home a cross at the far post. The same player then added a fourth moments later as she latched on to a long ball and lobbed it over the head of Alderson.
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard, Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams (sub Jessie Jones 74mins), Danielle Carlton (sub Natasha Knapman 83mins), Kelly Snook, Sarah Wiltshire (sub Nadia Lawrence 64mins), Ann Marie Heatherson. Subs not used: Kelly Aldridge, Emily Donovan, Lauren Townsend, Charlotte Haynes.
Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Becky Solicki, Emily Roberts, Sarah McFadden, Rachel Lee, Jordan Atkinson (sub Sarah Eadon 81mins), Beth Hepple, Nicola Gibson (sub Annabel Johnson 32mins), Natalie Gutteridge (sub Tyler Dodds 73mins). Sub not used: Chloe Macek.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Photo: Jordan Atkinson takes on Nicola Cousins (Susan Gutteridge).
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