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Southampton Women 3 Maidenhead Utd 0
Southampton Women maintained their 100 per cent FAWPL South West Division One record with a 3-0 win over Maidenhead United at Alton FC's Anstey Enclosure.
The league leaders met with stubborn resistance from their mid-table opponents but kept pushing forward throughout to record a thirteenth win of the season.
Emma Pinner, who had a fine match, opened the scoring with a super 25-yard strike on 15 minutes but further chances came and went before the break. Kellie Warren headed wide and over the bar from corners while Pinner drove a shot inches wide from a tight angle.
Maidenhead nearly found an equaliser after a defensive mix up but Jessica Tyne-Gibbs shot wide on the volley from a difficult angle.
Ellie Parker in the Maidenhead goal was the star of the show after the break. Nat Bavister created the first chance with a superb run and cross which Pinner headed just wide at the near post on 51 minutes.
Parker then produced a stunning reaction save to deny Laura Vokes but from the resulting corner Kirsty Whitton powered home a header for the second Southampton goal on 58 minutes.
Warren was the next to be foiled by Parker who tipped a 25-yard free kick on to the bar at full stretch on 67 minutes.
The hosts brought on fresh attacking players. One substitute, Philippa Holden went on a powerful run only to be denied by Parker's brave dive at her feet.
It was another sub, Jane Yeates, who scored the third from an inswinging corner from Laura Vokes, nodding home at the near post in a crowd of players on 85 minutes.
Pinner had one final run at goal and shot over the angle of post and bar at the home side kept pressing right to the end. Maidenhead, with just the eleven players, had worked extremely hard to close down and deny space against waves of Southampton pressure and deservedly kept the score respectable.
Millie Peake, Tash Angel, Amie Barnett, Nat Bavister, Emma Pinner, Sophie Solloway, Cassie Thorp, Laura Vokes, Kellie Warren, Kirsty Whitton, Lavinia Nkomo. Subs: Emily Paines, Chelsie Hay, Philippa Holden, Jane Yeates.
Ellie Parker, Gemma Bloor, Tina Brett, Shylla Carty-Duhaney, Lucy Casey, Alex Dover, Amber Langston-Lloyd, Sophie Modak, Jessica Tyne-Gibbs, Amy Saunders, Natalie Barnes.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Tina Brett is tackled by Kellie Warren
(middle) Philippa Holden takes on Amber Langston-Lloyd and Gemma Bloor
(bottom) Shylla Carty-Duhaney shrugs off a challenge from Philippa Holden
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