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Slough Town 1 Penn & Tyler's Green 5
Penn and Tylers Green moved to within a point of the Thames Valley League Division Three East title after a 5-1 away victory over close rivals Slough Town.
The sides had drawn in the reverse fixture a month ago but Penn were too strong this time for a Slough team depleted by injuries, scoring some superb goals in a fine display.
Slough keeper Chloe Hetherington had already denied Sasha Smith and the same player had hit the underside of the bar before the hosts went close, with Nikhita Sangha twice bringing good saves from Rebecca Tobin on 16 minutes.
Holly Wyncoll also hit the Slough bar before Smith finally got her reward on 29 minutes with a run and finish low to the keeper's left. Slough hit back with a lofted shot from Ellie Teverson on 38 minutes for the equaliser.
Penn soon restored their lead with excellent work by Ellie Ludgate-Williams, turning inside a defender before firing a shot high into the net. Only a brilliant save by Hetherington denied the same player another before the break, the keeper quickly off her line to block at the expense of lengthy treatment after a painful collision.
Ludgate-Williams would not be denied however lobbing the third shortly after the restart. Leah Martin's long throw sent Smith away but Hetherington again blocked at the attacker's feet as Penn were always lively in attack.
The turning point of the match came on 69 minutes during a prolonged spell of Slough pressure. A left wing corner was met with a firm downward header by Lucy Thomson but Tobin reacted superbly to touch the ball on to the post and away to safety.
The value of this save was shown as Penn sealed the match with two further goals from Smith on 75 minutes via a deflection and on 79 minutes at the second attempt to complete a hat-trick. Henna Hussain, who also had a fine game, nearly added a sixth but was denied by Hetherington's save.
Slough finished the match still battling strongly with Teverson and Thomson providing some good moments in attack but Penn deserved the three points which takes them to the brink of the title, requiring one point from their last two games to take them beyond the challenge of Slough and Ascot United Development.
Slough Town: Chloe Hetherington, Nikhita Sangha, Laiba Arshad, Lucy Thomson, Kym Stenson, Emma Wilkinson, Bonnie Messit, Ellie Teverson, Alice Heady, Sam McKenzie, Harlie Clark. Subs: Brooke Pomeroy.
Penn & Tyler's Green: Rebecca Tobin, Molly Miller, Meg Harrigan, Rachel Harnby, Shona McCrae, Chloe Robinson, Holly Wyncoll, Leah Martin, Sasha Smith, Henna Hussain, Ellie Ludgate-Williams. Subs: Katie Franks, Rebecca Waldron, Lily-Anne Roberts, Megan Payne, Rebecca Stopforth.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lily-Anne Roberts is tackled by Kym Stenson;
(middle) an all out chase between Sasha Smith and Laiba Arshad;
(bottom) Chloe Hetherington tries to keep out Ellie Ludgate-Williams, with Harlie Clark in close attendance;
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