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Abingdon Utd 6 Woodstock Ladies 0
Abingdon United maintained their 100% record after ten games in the Thames Valley League Division One with a 6-0 home victory over second placed Woodstock.
The hosts scored five times late in the last half hour to see off a spirited and competitive Woodstock, displaying some clinical finishing to boost an already impressive goal difference and round off a fine team performance.
After an even opening ten minutes Abingdon started to test the Woodstock defence with quick passing moves ending with shots from Heather Young and Amy Pipe well held by Amy Bourton. A fine tackle by Emma Martin then denied Kiera Isaac as she shot in front of goal. Woodstock had plenty of good possession but were kept away from Sophie Kirby's goal by strong and well organised defence.
The opening goal came on the half hour when a through ball found Pipe clear of the defence and she finished calmly. Young nearly added a second soon after but was just wide from 20 yards. A superb five-player passing move saw Young clear to the right of goal on 43 minutes but her powerful drive was well handled by Bourton and Abingdon went to the break with just a single goal lead.
Woodstock threatened more after the break and Kirby had to be quick off her line to foil Abi Haynes. The keeper then saved a powerful Charley Hamilton shot as the visitors went in search of an equaliser. However it was Abingdon who scored a crucial second through Isaac with a close range finish on 63 minutes.
Young added a third with a low shot from 10 yards on 69 minutes and the home side then brought on fresh players to add to their attacking options. Woodstock went close on 75 minutes with an Amberley Vircavs header from a corner well held by Kirby but it was not long before Pipe notched her second and Abingdon's fourth with a well placed shot.
Substitute Molly Lygo nearly added another with a right wing cross shot but it was another substitute, Charmaine White who fired in the fifth on 85 minutes as the hosts finished with real fluency. The final goal was the best of the match, Pipe marking her hat-trick with a lovely lofted first time finish as she turned on to a pass ten yards from goal.
With a strong and experienced squad, many of whom have played at Regional League level, it was easy to see why Abingdon United are having such an outstanding League season with fifty goals scored and just three conceded in their ten wins. Woodstock battled hard throughout but could not contain the pace and trickery of the Abingdon attack in the last third of the match.
Sophie Kirby, Gina Ianiello-Phillips, Marisa Chamberlain, Amy Chivers, Beth Dunbabin, Steph Carrick, Heather Young, Nell Boxall, Kiera Isaac, Abbie Smith, Amy Pipe. Subs: Kelly Talbot, Tina Higgs, Jane Younger, Molly Lygo, Charmaine White.
Amy Bourton, Amber Berry, Bryony Bennett, Hayley Bennett, Emma Martin, Amberley Vircavs, Sarah Coles, Abi Haynes, Charley Hamilton, Georgina Tayman, Steph Kubat. Subs: Becky Bowerman, Lauren Hemming, Lauren Major, Tina Stevenson.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Amber Berry slides in to challenge Kiera Isaac
(middle) Sophie Kirby makes a save at the feet of Abi Haynes
(bottom) Kiera Isaac battles for the ball with Amberley Vircavs
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